Sunday, February 24, 2019

Unicorn Magic

Hello, Blogging Lovelies! Isn't every weekend magical in some way? Well, this this one's no exception. I have a magical birthday card to share with you.

I put this current Bugaboo Stella Says Sketch (ABOVE LEFT) into PSE and stretched it to the square size I wanted (ABOVE RIGHT).

First thing I did was plan out how to meet a few other challenges. I chose Double Trouble's current Triple Challenge and Thing 1 was Tic*Tac*Toe. I picked the middle column. I heat-embossed my background, I added 2 digital images from Bugaboo's Unicorn Set and I have two pieces of some old Doodlebug yellow vellum on the left side and overlapping that in the middle of my cardfront. These replace the patterned paper and focal point mat in the sketch. That way my homemade background shows through!

Here you can see my backgrounds. I used green plus pink plus blue and also the gold accents from Outlawz current Color Challenge Photo, and since the optional challenge twist is to make your own background, I created mine using the Rubberband Stamping technique to meet Mix It Up's current challenge. I wrapped rubber bands around an acrylic brayer wheel, inked up with Delicata Gold pigment ink, rolled it on straight across for the front and from the edges to the center for the back, and then heat-embossed both panels with clear powder. 

I chose Distress inks in my chosen colors and then sponged my background panels using Tim's round foam applicator tool.

I colored my unicorn and cloud digital images with Distress markers in the same colors as the ink and added some gray Promarker to the unicorn's hooves. Also some clear Wink of Stella for a glittering coating.

I adhered my vellum pieces with Tombow Vellum Tape Roller - it does a really nice invisible job. I then got to work cutting out my Jane Davenport by Spellbinders unicorn, hanging hearts and scalloped border that I just had to have. The hearts and the border are great, but those tiny little pieces in the unicorn above gave me permanent crossed eyes! So easy to lose and confuse, not easy to put back on. I colored the die cuts with Distress Markers and Wink of Stella Gold glitter brush pen. then a random brushing with my Clear Wink of Stella.

I stamped the Wild Rose Studio sentiment with Versafine Clair and die cut it with Spellbinders Circle Nestie. Then I assembled my card front and adhered that to a Bazzill scalloped card base that's the same blue as the drawers in the Outlaws color challenge photo. 

Here is the inside of my card and the back of it. I used Skipping Stones and Verve sentiments inside and a Stamp Magick siggie stamp on the back.

All of the card stock used for the background base mats, die cuts and printed digital images is Neenah Solar White. 

Some shots to show the glittery shimmer on the card:

I loved how my background came out and I hope you liked my card! 

Linking to these Challenges:
2. Outlawz Color Challenge for Feb. 12: Photo Inspiration + DIY Background - see post for explanation of how I created my DIY background and the colors I chose for the challenge.
3. Double Trouble Challenge #22:Do You Believe in Magic with Use Your Stuff - I believe in unicorn magic! Thing 1 - explained in post with image; Thing 2 - Linked to Use Your Stuff Thing 3 -  I believe that unicorns are mythical and magical, so they are on my card with glitter and sparkle.
4. Use Your Stuff #348: Do You Believe in Magic? Double Trouble Team-Up - I believe in unicorns and that they are magical!
5.  A Vintage Journey: Your Heart's Desire  - Mixed Media and a little 70's Vintage Retro look to this card - think Rainbow Brite and My Little Pony ;-) 
6. Try It On Tuesday: Powder Your... - I used embossing powder on my background, front and back.
8. Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media: Vintage - my card has a 70's Vintage Retro feel to it. I combined dry collage layering, inks/markers, heat embossing, stamping and direct-to-paper technique.
9. Colour Crazy Wk 6 : Always AG - I coloured with my Distress Markers.
10. Mix It Up #2: AG + Rubber Band Stamping - I made my background with the Rubber Band Brayer technique
15.  Sparkles Monthly #113: Include an Animal - Unicorn: mythical horse
16. Time Out Challange #129: RETRO - my card has that 70's vintage retro feel, think My Little Pony and Rainbrow Brite ;-) I did NOT choose to do the optional one layer card.
17. 613 Avenue Create #218: Use a Critter - Unicorn: Mythical horse critter

That's it for me - hope everyone has a great week! I know I will -- my birthday is on Thursday! xoxo


Cath Wilson said...

Love your bright and colourful background and the gold ep enhances that, making the colours look almost regal! Beautiful.
Thank you for sharing your art with us at Try it on Tuesdays.
Cath x

froebelsternchen said...

I am totally in awe of your magical Birthday card Aimeslee! Wonderful created! Thank you for joining us over at Try It On Tuesday! Happy week! oxo Susi

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is an absolutely stunning card, Aimeslee. Your attention to detail makes this one of a kind. Your use of clear embossing powder was genius and really makes that background pop. I used to own some of that vellum tape and it is the best for applying vellum. It's a super entry and great for this current theme at Try it on Tuesday.

Claudia Martins said...

Gorgeus!! Your project is awesome !!It's great to have you with us this week at TTCRD. I hope you come back on our next challenge !!
Claudia Martins - DT

Annie said...

Love;y colourful card. Thanks for joining in with us over at A Vintage Journey challenge blog
Annie CG x

Joyce said...

Gorgeous card, and what a fabulous background you created. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

Meggymay said...

It is a magical card and has many super additions including the gold powder details. Thank you for sharing this with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

Christine said...

What a bright and beautiful background for those adorable unicorns!
Thanks for sharing this bit of crafty magic at Jo's Scrap Shack!
DT Member

Gerrina said...

A fun card! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Cool card, Aimes!! Loving that cool background you made. The gold is perfect with the bright colours. Very cute card. It's magical.--Bethie

VEANA R. said...

What a beautiful card! So sweet and fun .
Thank you for playing with us at Card Mania Challenge !
Hugs, Veana R.-DT

AlisonC said...

Great background and perfect for a Unicorn! I do like a weekend too. x

Donna Ellis said...

Wow, Aimeslee! I love your take on the Bugaboo challenge, and the collage effect of your dies, colors and stamps! Wonderful card! hugs, de

Joan said...

Love your colourful background and the cute unicorns

Thanks for joining us at Try It On Tuesday challenge


Cathy F said...

What a cute card and so colorful! 🦄 Thanks for joining us at Mix It Up!

Esther Asbury said...

Thanks so much for linking your magical birthday card up to the Retro Time Out Challenge where I'm guest designing this week!

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Wow, you really did a striking background design with color and embossing. and using your vellum to satisfy the sketch was perfect as to not hide the background. Adorable images, and nice coloring. Thanks for sharing your magic with us at Double Trouble and Use Your Stuff. Always enjoy your projects, please keep coming back.

Mrs.B said...

Love your background Aimeslee, the gold embossed ink looks fabulous and you've complemented this with gorgeous colours.
A lovely card, Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday
Avril xx

Rosie said...

A fantastic piece

Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

Marjut said...

A Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at TioT.

A Pink said...

A wonderful card, Aimslee. Loving the effects of the elastic bands on your brayered painty backgrounds.
Thaks for joining us at A Vintage Journey x

~ginny said...

Aimeslee, thank you so much for continuing to share your projects and creativity at 613! Your use of the Rubberband Technique and the gold EP is quite interesting and your critter qualifies you for our challenge!
~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C
RubberMAD (

Jackie C said...

What a stunner! So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create. Please come back again! The best of luck with your entry. Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

papercraftingprincess said...

Love your unicorns...they are so magical. Thanks for joining us at Double Trouble

Paddington fan said...

Thank you for joining our animal challenge over at Sparkles this month, I do hope you'll join us again very soon,
Love Jacky x
Sparkles DT

TRACEY MO said...

how cute great layout & colours used.

what a great idea.

thanks for joining us at sparkles monthly challenge

dt tracey