Friday, May 20, 2016

Happy Birthday Card on the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog

I'm back on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blog today to share some more inspiration for our current monthly challenge. You can find out all about our monthly challenge here. This month's challenge is about anything feminine, so with that in mind, I created a beautiful feminine Happy Birthday card. Lets get started on how you can create my feminine birthday card at home.

To start, you will need to trim two patterned pieces of paper, one to 3 7/8" x 8 7/8" and the second to 3 3/4" x 8 3/4". Once the patterned paper is cut, you will need the smaller piece as that is the one that you will be working on. On the smaller piece, apply a thin layer of white gesso starting on the right hand side of the paper and spreading it in the middle to the left hand side. You will want to leave a 1" from the bottom and top free of gesso as well as 1/2" from the left hand side. After the gesso has dried, using the speckles stencil, apply a thin layer of texture paste through the stencil at the top and bottom of the patterned piece of paper. You don't have to worry about having the stenciled image in the middle as it will be covered.

With the patterned paper base complete, it's time to move on to the chipboard pieces. The first chipboard piece you will work on is the Honeycomb Pattern. Cut two pieces from the 6x6 square, one will measure 1 3/4" x 2 3/4" and the second one will measure 1 3/4" x 2 1/2". Once the honeycomb pieces are cut, apply two layers of white gesso to them. After the gesso has dried on the honeycomb pieces, apply a generous layer of Distress Collage Medium - Crazing. Once the crazing is on, it will take a bit of time to dry. After the pieces have dried from the crazing, using the Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons, rub a layer of each colour onto the honeycomb pieces with your figure. Using the distress crayons gives it an aged look and will highlight the crazing effect.

The second chipboard piece is the Leafy Branches. You will need three leafy branches and they will need to be trimmed down to whatever length you desire as they will go around the flowers. Once the branches are cut down, apply two layers of Bundled Sage Distress Paint to them and let dry. After the branches have dried, with your finger, rub a layer of Peeled Paint Distress Crayon over top of all three branches.

The third chipboard piece you will use is the Vintage Oval Mirror Fancy. On the vintage oval mirror fancy, apply two layers of Vintage Rose Acrylic paint from Prima to it. Set aside to dry.

The last chipboard piece you will use for the card is the "Wishing you Everything Wonderful" Wood Tag. To start, you will need to apply a layer of Picked Raspberry Distress Paint to the entire tag. Once the paint has dried, add a layer of the Vintage Rose Acrylic Paint. Before the vintage rose paint layer completely dries, take a paper towel with a bit of hand sanitizer on it and rub off a bit of the vintage rose layer. This will give the tag a bit of sparkle.

For the finishing touches of your card, you will want to add a doily to middle of the card, so that it covers where the two honeycomb pieces meet. Once the oval is adhered, dimensionalize the saying in the middle and add flowers to the left of it as well as around the top and bottom of the oval. Use a variety of flowers in pink, white and peach to compliment the paper.  For the edges of the patterned paper, edge distress them and then ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Southern Ridge Chipboard Pieces Used:
- 40mm Pink Roses
- 15mm White flowers
- 10mm Peach Roses

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: 100lb White Cardstock
- Ranger Ink: Texture Paste 
- Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz: Picked Raspberry and Bundled Sage Distress Paint, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Distress Collage Medium - Crazing, Set 3 - Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain and Set 2 - Peeled Paint Distress Crayons
- Ranger Ink/Dina Wakley: Palette Knife & White Gess0
- Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: Speckles Stencil
- Prima: Vintage Rose Acrylic Paint
- Bo Bunny: Small Doilies
- Craft and You: Tea Time -05 and Tea Time - 01

Remember to play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blogEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the online store - -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

Until Next Time!

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