Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Happy Mythical Maiden Birthday!

 Happy Tuesday, everyone! I want to wish my dear friend Beth Norman-Roberts a very happy birthday today! We "met" through the Technique Junkies Newsletter almost 15 years ago and I'm so happy and grateful that we've kept up our online friendship.
Here's the card I made her this year. I used another image from Gecko Galz' Mythical Maidens Digital Stamp Set, added the sentiment text in PSE, printed it on Springhill Digital card and used my good tube watercolors to paint the detailed image, except for her skin. I used my Zig Clean Color watercolor flesh markers for that. Distress crayons were applied in different colors around the edge and "smooged" them with my finger, then I went all around the outer edge with black chalk ink for definition. I added tiny white die cut Rubbernecker flower buds to the green vine and dotted each with a magenta Viva Decor Pearl Pen.
I untubed (decanted? squeezed out?) my watercolors 3 years ago to store them in 2 round Jack Richeson Lockbox Palettes. I remain very happy with this storage. I found charts online and printed out on watercolor paper to make my own palette charts, which I am sharing with a close-up of the focal image so you can see the gorgeous colors I used.
I used this Splitcoaststampers sketch for my layout design. Here it is with my card to show how I followed the sketch. 
Since we met through Technique Junkies (who now sells stamps), I used a TJ stamp called Stained Glass for the background of both the front and back of my card. I stamped on white card with Shady Lane Versafine Clair ink and heat-embossed it with clear powder. Then I cut it into 4 sections and arranged on an SU mat. The lighter green card base and focal mat are also SU. Simple but effective look.
Inside the card is a framed sentiment created by me in PSE and printed on Springhill Digital card.
The back of the card has an uncut stamped and heat-embossed panel with a stamped and punched siggie.
Showing the back and the front for continuity check.
And final view. Happy Birthday, Bethie! Thanks for the visit and have a great day. XOX

I've used a Gecko Galz digital stamp image


Jennifrann said...

Fabulous card! I love that TJ background stamp. And I really love the distress crayon edging on your focal panel. I'll have to try that!

My name is Erika. said...

She is a beauty. I'm glad you could squeeze her in for our TIOT feminine challenge before it ended. I'm loving that background design too. It works perfectly with this wonderful lady. Thanks for sharing with us at TIOT.hugs-Erika

Donna Ellis said...

Wow! I love the untubed color choices (giggling about the manner in which you obtained the watercolors. I remember TJ, too! In fact, I have many of the early techniques still in my stash. It's a beautiful card, Aimes! xx

Elaine Stark said...

A super art deco card. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge. Elaine

Wendy L said...

This looks wonderful, thanks for joining us at the MAWTT challenge xx

ahlers5 said...

This is really beautiful! I love the background as well as the colors on the image. I am going to try to keep up with card making and commenting now that I'm not homeschooling. Hey, I heard on the news today that Mayor Adams wants to take a busload of New Yorkers to Texas. He is not taking getting illegal immigrants very well. None of the states want to deal with them. I think it's great that Abbot is sharing the problem.

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Such a beautiful card. I'm particularly in love with the embossing. Thanks for reminding me that I can do the embossing process you used. I've got a ton of clear e.p. Thanks Aimes! --Bethie

Jocelyn said...

Very pretty and I love the background. Thank you for sharing with us.
Jocelyn x
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Pamela said...

I really like that background stamp and how you've arranged it.
CD Sunday Plus DT.

brenda said...

A delightful image with an air of mystery about her, thanks so much for sharing and joining us at We Love Stamping challenge.

B x

Meggymay said...

A beautiful feminine card for your friend. Thank you for joining us over at TioT's,

HilaryJane said...

What beautiful watercolouring on your image. It looks so special against that lovely stamped background. Thanks for sharing it with us at we love stamping this month xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Another beautiful card - I really love these colours- Thanks for joining again at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

Lynda said...

What great colour scheme - love the water-colouring. That stained glass background is a perfect foil for your birthday girl. Thank you for joining us at Happy Little Stampers atg birthday challenge xx Lynda/Loopyloo DT

Twórcze pasje Danki said...

Cute project. Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

Ashwini Rao said...

Wow! A lot of love has gone into making this card! You've used so many media for coloring, and I am totally impressed with - the watercoloring, stamping in the back - so many things to see in this card! Thank you so much for joining us at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge!

Lyn Bernatovich said...

I really like how interesting the 2 squares and 2 rectangles background that are each aligned on their own leaving a wider space in between. Very pretty card. xoxo

Margarets designer cards said...

Beautiful card, I love the background goes very well with the image
Thank you for joining us
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foleysfriend said...

Amazing card! It's obvious how much work and time went into creating this wonderful card. The main image is captivating and the background is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers ~ Birthday Challenge.

sue n.