Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Graffiti Wall Birthday Card

I first saw the idea for this card on Pinterest by Natalie OShea.  It appealed to me because it's suitable for teens and young adults, plus it's adaptable to either male or female cards.

You might look at this and think there's a couple of retired colours - but SURPRISE! They're coming back in Stampin' Up's Colour Refresh 2018 Annual Catalogue, out on 1 June.

Supplies Used:

Stamp sets - Confetti Celebrations, Petal Palette, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Basic Black, Tranquil Tide, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron 
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Big Shot with Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

1.  Cut your card stock:

Tranquil Tide for the card base is half an A4 sheet. Or 148mm x 210mm.  Fold it in half
Sahara Sand is the mat layer cut to 143mm x 100mm.
Whisper White is the layer I stamped on cut to 138mm x 95mm.

2. Begin by inking up your Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with Sahara Sand ink - just wipe the ink pad across the side of the folder with the raised edges.  This will give you the colour in the "mortar" area of the bricks.  Run through the Big Shot.

3. Using stamps from the Confetti Celebration set, stamp in Basic Black randomly over the bricks.  You will lose some of the image in the mortar lines, and that's the idea, because graffiti goes over the top of the bricks.  If you prefer not to have this look, try stamping before you dry emboss and compare the look.

Stamp the leaves from Petal Palette in Tranquil Tide.  I stamped off first to give a softer look.  I added the grass image from Sheltering Tree Stamp Set.  Stamping over the edges of the paper also gives a nicer look to the finished design.

Finally finish with the dotted stamp from Gorgeous Grunge set in Mint Macaron and again I stamped a couple of times in a stamped off Tranquil Tide.  Stamping off gives more texture and a greater tone range for more interest.

4. Adhere the stamped layer to the Sahara Sand mat, then to the card front.

Happy Stamping! 

NB. Gorgeous Grunge is retired.

NB. Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron are not available until the new catalogue goes live on 1 June 2018.

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