Friday, November 4, 2022

Tartan Birthday

 I'm trying to start using all of the products I keep purchasing and then storing on a shelf or in a drawer in my craft room -  soon to forget I even bought them!  Participating in all the fun challenges out there encourages me to look through all of the stamps, dies and embossing folders I have and to use them!

So that's the story for the creation of my tartan plaid birthday card.

I purchased the Tartan Builder Stencil set from the Greetery when it first came out in May 2021 and I'm finally playing with it! It's so easy to use and what a great plaid it creates!  You can create so many wonderful plaids just by changing the colors you use.  They can be bold or softly colored, you can use different shades of the same color

I used three colors on my plaid.  Betsy Veldman, owner of The Greetery, has a YouTube video that shows you which stencil to use first (there are 5 layers but you don't have to use them all) and to start with the lighter colors first

  I started with Sunflower for the first layer, then Garden Patina for the second two layers, then Watering Can (dark grey) for the final two layers. I used Archival inks for this, but Ranger DOX inks work well too.  (I played with the stencils with DOX inks too!)

I die cut the birthday sentiment from Poppy Stamps out of black twice, adhered them together for a little more depth and then adhered them over the plaid.  I added some enamel dots to finish it off.

I'm linking my card to the following challenges:

I chose my colors using the Color Hues challenge!

November Stencil Fun
Fall colors or anything using a stencil

Seize the Birthday
anything goes

First time using my plaid stencils

Paper: White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Sunflower, Garden Patina, Watering Can - Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks.
Accessories: Tartan Builder Stencils - The Greetery, Happy Birthday Poe Script Die - Poppy Stamps, blender brushes, enamel dots - Altenew.


Karen said...

This is beautiful! The tartan is s0 bold and colorful! I can certainly relate to your story about unused products. I have the Pinkfresh plaid stamp and stencil waiting for me. Your card prompts me to get it out and get busy! Thanks for sharing with us at Color Hues!

Cathy said...

Your tartan looks fantastic! Great stencilling and I love the font on your diecut, thankyou for playing along at Seize the Birthday, Cathy x

Cindy Beach said...

Beautiful color choices, Julia! The bold sentiment really stands out well. Stunning!

Kristie Goulet said...

Your tartan looks amazing! I love your card. Thanks so much for joining us at Color Hues!

Bonnie said...

What a great plaid, Julia! Love that Happy Birthday die too!

Jeanne H said...

Wonderful card and idea to make it. Thanks!

Darnell said...

Good morning, sis! That's from a stencil set?! I'm gobsmacked! I thought sure those were layers of die-cuts or maybe a pp panel until I read your post. I'm glad you played with them and discovered what fantastic plaids you could create. Your layers are flawless! (psst. I'm thinking winner over at the CH challenge!) Thank you for inspiring everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

Nancy said...

Julia, The background looks so good I would have thought it was DSP. Awesome job and card and so glad we could push you to use some of your new stuff. You are not alone, my pile is growing! Thanks for joining us at Color Hues.

nancy littrell said...

Love your beautiful 5 layer plaid stenciled card, Julia. You are going to have so much fun using endless colors to different plaid cards. TFS mf. Hugs..Nancy

Tracey McNeely said...

Julia I love your olaid stenciled backgro7nd! How wonderful. Thsnk you for sharing with us at the Color Hues!

Loll said...

LOVE your tartan card Julia. The colours you've used are so fantastic together. Always fun to pull out a NBUS item and give it some love! :) xx

Barbara said...

I love your card and that you are now able to use up some of the things that you buy and forget about. Your post was wonderful and so encouraging. This is a great masculine card, one that I will remember. Thanks for sharing it with us at Seize the Birthday Challenge.

Bonnie Lynn said...

Beautiful! I love how your tartan plaid turned out. Love how you kept the background as your focal point and only adding the sentiment plus a couple of dots. Thanks for sharing with us over at NBUS. Hope to see you again. Bonnie GDT

Sheri Gilson said...

Fabulous masculine design! Love the plaid! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Color Hues Challenge!