A Rainbow Birthday

A Rainbow Birthday
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DAY SEVEN: Today marks one week of posting every day! I’m pulling up cards from the archives and sharing them here on my card blog.

Two years ago, I was on a card-making retreat and I made several cards over the weekend. This is one of the cards I made while at the retreat. I wanted to use my Masquepen Masking Fluid, so I tried this technique with my card. I drew a loose grid of masking fluid onto the base of my card and then set it aside and let it dry. Once it was dry, I used some Sponge Daubers and tapped them onto my inks and then rubbed them onto my paper. As the ink dried, the colors blended into one another, producing a pretty rainbow effect. Don’t you just love rainbows? They make me smile and remind me of God’s promise to never flood the earth again!

blog-Bike Birthday

Next came the really satisfying part: using my fingers, I gently rubbed away the dry blue masking fluid and the white lines were revealed. I stamped the sentiment with a Stampin’ Up stamp and embossed it. I used an extra butterfly I’d cut and embossed with a SU! Embosslit and added some iridescent Stickles glitter glue onto it and placed it above the birthday wish with a glue dot.

Then, I used the Close to My Heart bicycle stamp from the 2011 “My Acrylix® Pair-a-Phrase” stamp set, which was from the special $10 National Stamping Month promotion and stamped the bike onto paper cut down to the right size. I used Copic markers and a metallic gel pen to color the bike and swiped the edges of the square with ink before mounting it to the card with double-sided puffy tape.

blog-Rainbow Bike BirthdayThe finishing touch was adding rhinestones to the top left of the card. I hung onto this card for years until I found the right opportunity to use the card to send birthday greetings! I have a bicycling enthusiast friend who had a birthday in August and this turned out to be the perfect card to send.

blog-Birthday Bike Rainbow CardThanks for reading my blog!

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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