Sunday, April 24, 2016

Birthday Card Inspired by Laura Bassen with Some Wax Paper Resist

Hi There!

Guess what? I had the house to myself for a few hours yesterday. I cannot tell you the last time that has happened. :) I tried to take advantage of it. While I knew I probably should have done some yard work outside, I did not! I headed straight for my crafty space and tried to get some cards made. 

I read a blog recently(stationery Styles by Patti) where Patti shared that she made some background papers. It's the post here.  Anyway, she watched a technique video on StampTV with GinaK and used the beautiful backgrounds she created on some cards. I vaguely remember this technique from years ago and wanted to play. Thanks for sharing that info, Patti! So, I did that before I got started on a card. In fact, I made 5 backgrounds using various embossing folders and distress inks.
Here are three of the backgrounds I created. I've used the other two. 
One on a card I'm sharing here. 
And here it is!
This card is my take on one created by Laura Bassen as seen here. Have you seen her work or watched her videos? Oh my gosh, I adore the videos because she always sounds so happy and fun. I have a feeling she'd be a blast to hang out with. 
Anyway, I really liked the ink blended background piece she created in the blues and greens.

She was promoting  Simon Says Stamp products, which I don't own. So, I improvised. To make the Polaroid looking piece, I used a rectangle and a square Nestability die together. Eh, it sorta worked. :)
My little raccoon guy is a Lawn Fawn party animal colored with my Prismacolor pencils and the heart balloon is from another LF set(Hello Sunshine I think). I tried to make the fur look like fur, but I wasn't entirely successful. The sentiment is Avery Elle. And that green background is the waxed paper resist using Twisted Citron distress ink. 

Wish I could have gotten more cards made, but I had fun with what I was able to create. 
Amy and I had to work Bingo last night, and it was what they call a "must go" which means that there was a $5000 jackpot that someone would be winning. (Hence, the term "must go"). The patrons come out in full force for this and it was was quite busy the second session of the night. We didn't finish up until 1 am. I was doing pretty good today until I sat down for a few minutes. Um, the next thing I know, the afternoon is pretty much gone. Yep, guess I was  a smidge pooped. Ha, ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by. And thanks, too for the encouragement I received on my previous post. I appreciate it so much. 
Have a great day and a great start to your week!


Sharli Schaitberger said...

Great card, I love that technique and it looks like you have a little stash now for some other nifty cards!!
I hear you about the afternoon today. I had a long nap, in fact! At least you were working hard last night to earn your down-time!

Kay Miller said...

So happy to hear that you got a few hours to yourself and were able to play! Not much better than that! :) Your backgrounds are beautiful! I remember that technique! So fun! Your card turned out just darling! I think you did a wonderful job on creating your own Polaroid frame and you can never go wrong with Lawn Fawn critters! Hope you have a happy week! ((Hugs))

mE said...

I love this technique... and your card is darling!

Barb said...

Your card is adorable, Jeanne. I love, love, love the background papers you created, too! Good for you trying new things.

I am a big fan of Laura Bassen! She is so funny and entertaining and very creative and talented, as well.

I'm glad you got a moment in your crafty space, too! Good to see you posting and you know I love it when you use your colored pencils! Thanks for sharing!


cm said...

WOW! Your embossed backgrounds look amazing; apparently, you've mastered the technique! And your little raccoon: oh. my. stars! He's coloured perfectly, and based on the close-up, he appears delightfully furry to me! Your improvised polaroid frame is fantastic, as is the background you've placed the little critter on! All in all, a smile-making, A++++ gem! I second your views on Laura B; she is one bubbly, entertaining gal (can you imagine how awesome her craftroom is...and how much fun they must have when around the dinner table...). Great to know that card-making took priority over yard work *grin*. It does the same here when it comes to chores...a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do! Pent-up creativity needs to be released...tee hee! Wishing you an awesome Thursday!!

cm said...

Words can't express how tickled pink (actually, tickled *rainbow*) I am when I read your comments! If ever I have doubts about what I've created, your positive, enthusiastic responses remove them all! You are a cheerleader extraordinaire and an incredibly darling, sweet, delightful friend to boot!
Hugs and love and Happy May 1st!!

cm said...

Me again: the inks are Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves. Just kind of 'slopped' them on; one of those *exceeding* rare occasions when water-colouring worked *grin* Glad you like this card!!
More hugs~c