Saturday, 1 July 2017

Happy Birthday- Repeated Pattern

Playing with inks always makes for a fun time.
I wanted to try and create my own background paper and this is what I came up with.

I began by choosing a flower stamp that I thought would look alright as a repeated pattern.
The stamp I chose is called Happy Harmony from Stampin Up that I have had for years.
This technique is called 'Smack Down' and is really fun to do.
You can see this technique done on this card I made a few wks ago. 

I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock and inked my stamp with Fired Brick Distress ink and stamped.  I stamped again right beside my first impression then again without re-inking, each time the stamped impression getting lighter and looking like you were stamping off.
I repeated that whole process all over my card front changing colours to Carved Pumpkin then Fossilized Amber Distress inks, filling in my card front but leaving some white space showing through.
Next, I ran the piece through my Cuttlebug using the Penny Black Birthday die.
I cut it again 2 more times just using heavy white cardstock and glued all three layers together.  When that was dry, I glued them into the cut away area on my card front to create an embedded sentiment.
The last step was to add some red gems around the die cut to help bring attention to it.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Seize the Birthday- ANYTHING GOES
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES
CAS on Sunday- FLOWERS
A Gem of a Challenge- SUMMER COLOURS
Fussy and Fancy- PUNCHES AND DIES

Stamp- Happy Harmony (SU)
Inks- Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy white cs (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Cuttlebug; Birthday die (Penny Black); red gems


  1. Really pretty card. Luv the warm colors!!

  2. I still love this set and I LOVE what you've done with it! These colors are so pretty together and the die cut happy birthday is fun hiding among the flowers!

  3. Awesome card with the Smack Down technique, Karen....must give it a try some time!
    Love the way you put the letters too!
    xxx Margreet

  4. Another one to try - great colours you've chosen and the sentiment idea is a new one on me.

  5. Fantastic and another to try [aNNie]

  6. So beautiful and I love the hidden message.

  7. Beautiful and creative repeated stamping technique, Karen. Your word die really is hidden. I did not see it until I read our description. You do the most amazing techniques my friend. TFS Hugs...

  8. Wow, what gorgeous colours Karen and I love the overall pattern you have made and it looks so pretty against that aqua coloured card. Just to let you know the stamp I used on my card is from Chocolate Baroque and is called Baroque Meadow. There is a link to the site from my blog post as well. x

  9. This is such a cool card and the colours are gorgeous! xxx

  10. Love this technique and you have done it perfectly !
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge x

  11. So glad that I stopped by to read your blog as I hadn't seen the 'hidden' sentiment...Fun technique and so very effective on that glorious background x

  12. WOW WOW WOW and more WOWs, colours you don't normally use? but what a stunning result, love the sentiment hidden, I guess it's more obvious irl.

  13. Super gorgeous take on the Summer Colours chall theme.

    Thanks for sharing with us @ AGOAC this time.

    smiles Christine xx

  14. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining our challenge at Cas on Friday!