Thursday, 12 July 2018

Birthday Wishes

Hi crafters!  Today's simple make started with the letterpressing technique for the background.  I inked the Art Deco Shells embossing folder with Antique Linen Distress Oxide and used a piece of milk card in the folder.  I ran it through the die cutting machine and it transferred the ink to the floor of the embossing folder pattern.  I matted it with black.  Next I stamped the STDF called Spring Nest and cut it out with the matching Sofia die.  I used Distress Markers to colour the image.   I stamped it again and cut out the bird and birds nest by hand.  I coloured them and mounted them on foam over the original stamped image.  I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the Stitched Flags and put the end through the stamped image frame.  I added the entire piece onto another piece of milk card that I glittered around the edge.  Milk and black  mats and layers were used to complete the card.  The finished dimensions are 7 1/2" x  7 1/2" in size.  All for now, Sue x

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June Smith said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes, beautiful letterpress technique for the background, looks stunning. A really lovely card today.

Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

Crafty vonnie said...

Good morning Sue,
Absolutely stunning card today with your beautiful Spring Nest stamp & your beautiful letterpress background. Yvonne xx

hollyberry said...

Gorgeous card,love the stamp and your colouring.

BridgetCG said...

Morning Sue, a very pretty card today, the colouring is super, beautiful soft colours. Have a great day everyone. Bx

Steph Cotterill said...

Morning Sue. I'm a crafting chicken, letterpressing is a technique I tried many years ago when I didn't 'get' positive/negative sides of the folders and it went pear shaped, 7 years after binning my first attempt I've not tried it since lol but I love to see it done, maybe 7 years is long enough to shy away from this easiest of craft techniques and find my backbone and try again lol. If it was my birthday and I received a card like this, I'd have a real happy birthday - who wouldn't ? To anyone having a birthday today, enjoy ☺
Thanks for today's lovely inspiration Sue xxx

TDQ Karen said...

Pretty spring like card

Heather Rogers said...

Hello Sue

A lovely card and I like the Distress Oxide letterpress result. Like Steph I too tried it years ago without success (my fault I am sure) I have always struggled to get good coverage but I shall try with the oxides as they seem creamier and have a more dense colour. But you have got it perfect.

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Jan Sayer said...

Very pretty, Sue.

Debra K. said...

Another great card today! Debra x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, alovely card this morning. The letterpress technique is beautiful. I have tried this a few times, sometimes it is ok and s9metimes I get smudges where I don’t want them. You have made me want to try again.

Barbara V

Diane Broad said...

Hi sue,

Lovely card sue.

Di Di from broadstairs Kent.

Chris Curry said...

A lovely, delicate card Sue. I don’t letterpress enough, a great technique. Thank you, have a good day. Xxx

Susan Battensby said...

What a lovely card and a great embossing folder, shall have to look out for this one.

Barbara Gosden said...

Hi Sue
A pretty card. Love the letter pressed background, my very first thought was wallpaper (would make a great background for a room, maybe a Christmas scene around the tree or fireplace). Lovely stamped image.
B xx

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
A beautiful stamp and very pretty card.x

Clai01 said...

Great to see this technique and the result. x

Janice K said...

Good morning Sue,
A beautiful stamp and very pretty card.x

Donita Naylor said...

Just coloring the bird and nest would have been enough, stamped on a card, but you have given a 3D effect by making and coloring an extra bird and nest, which you layered for dimension, plus a letterpressed embossed background, and a glittered frame around everything. That's going the extra mile!

All the best to all of you.


sharon casey said...

Morning Sue and all Wilsonettes
A really lovely card today. love the letterpress technique for the background, definitely going to have a go at that.

Sending love and healing hugs to all that need them xx

Have a good day all
Hunnymummy54 from MK

CraftyCoffey said...

Lovely card today.


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Gorgeous card!!

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carol edwards said...

Hello Sue, a lovely card using letterpress technique. I like others have not really tried letterpress very often so it's a good reminder to give it another go. It really is so useful when you remind us of old dies or methods. Love the bird and next. Xx

Heather Treble said...

Hi Sue
A lovely card, the stamp to die for is really detailed and the letterpress background is very elegant.
Thanks for sharing

Crewe Trish said...

Hello Sue
Another lovely card

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, lovely card, love the background. I really don't use my embossing folders enough, reminding me of this technique will make me get them used again. Love Jean xxxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Sue this is a stunning card it is just so pretty I love it. Have a great day today. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue - such a simple and pretty card and the letterpress really works nicely. Sending best wishes

Marie P. from Longridge said...

Good morning Sue and all Wilsonettes.
A beautiful card Sue I still haven't grasped the letterpress concept but will keep trying.
I love the little bird and the nest with the eggs in it. You truly are an inspiration.
Marie P.
PS I think we have an intruder at 07.21

Marie P. from Longridge said...

Sorry, that should have read 07.41

Pussycats said...

Good Morning Sue and all
Beautiful card this morning , I love the effect created from the embossing folder. The STDF looks stunning coloured with the inks, a great card for both the ladies and men.
crafty hugs and well wishes to all... Wendy

ClareW said...

GM Sue. Lovely.

gwen70 said...

Such a pretty card, love it

June Horrocks said...

What a beauty today sue I love this card thank you
Love June Horrocks xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Sue
A beautiful card this morning, perfect for all nature and bird lovers.
Thank you for reminding us of the Letterpress Technique, I haven't tried this for a while and it looks so good on your card.
Lesley S x

cr@fty said...

Good morning Sue
Beautiful card this morning! I love the stamped image and background.
Hugs x
Heather T

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Pretty card.

Izzy said...

Hi Sue,

Very pretty birthday card this morning - I love that Art Deco Shells folder and letterpressing highlights all the details nicely....cutting out that birdie and the nest gives the whole some added dimension...

Steph - if you tried letterpressing using ordinary water-based ink pads then no wonder you were disappointed - if you try again using either Distress Oxides or any pigment-based inkpad then I think you'll like the result much better - and the coverage doesn't have to be absolutely perfect, if you look at Sue's piccies in close-up you'll see what I mean, but it looks good have a go!


Jean Z said...

Hi Sue, Love this card. love Jean Z xxxx

Jacqui O A said...

Great card Sue.

rolfi said...

Hi Sue,

an amazing card and the background is fabulous.

Rolf xxx

Ann said...

Good Morning Sue. What . A beautiful card today Sue. And like Stephanie I tried this background technique and it didn't turn out as I wanted. But I have tried since and its coming along.... I need to know if there is a special ink to use to get it right. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Lovely sample Sue. Well.... it's our last day in Sunny Portugal. We fly home this evening .....I am really look forward to my lovely cup of real ringtons tea in the morning and commenting on the best blog in cyber world. Sending best wishes to everyone. Kind regards Ann Toppcards Leeds.

Anne said...

Lovely card, Sue.

Anne (Northampton)

stitchingranny said...

I love this stamp it is such a pretty image. It always seems to carry all the hope of spring within it.

Hugs Helen x

sued99 said...

Stunning card. I love how you’ve put the bird and the nest on top to add dimension. X

Pat L said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous card, love the stamped image and your letterpressed background although, like Steph, this is one technique I just couldn't master.

Love and hugs to everyone

Kiraneries said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card. Beautiful background and the stamped and coloured birds nest.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
Beautiful card!
Thank you for sharing.
Véronique L

Lynne L said...

Hi Sue Really pretty card the stamp is beautiful & the letterpress background is lovely I too have tried this technique without much success I'll have to try it again

Fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a very pretty card today. I love the letterpressed background and the STDF is beautiful. Most of us would have stopped there but you went further and cut out an additional bird and nest and then glittered around the edges. That is why you are the best.


KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeoussssssss Sue
Gr Karin

Kate's Cards said...

So pretty. Xxx

CraftyJo said...

Pretty :)

Princess Pixie! said...

Hi Sue
Gorgeous x
The STDF is so intricate and makes a gorgeous centre piece. Loving the background x
Crafty hugs
Yvonne x

Laura O' Connor said...

Love the background sue. Great card. Laura O Springfield

Sue MacFall said...

So pretty and understated - love it !!

theresa w said...

Hi Sue and lovely wilsonettes x
Fabulous card Sue x the letterpressing looks fantastic and I love the stamp and how you have coloured it x thankyou Sue x
Theresa w in Berks xxx

Suzzette Yandle said...

Your letterpress technique on the background of this bird stamp design is lovely. Great job on coloring the stamped image. Your eggs look fantastic. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

karenlotty said...

Terrific card SUE I love doing letterpressing with Distress Oxides

hazel young said...

Beautiful card Sue xx hazel

alimecca said...

Hi Sue,
Very pretty card. Lovely letterpress technique.
Love and hugs to all, Alison xxx

TerriLynn said...

Gorgeous card. Love the letterpress background.

Crafty Cruiser said...

Tweets of summer - lovey card.
Doreen R

Nana on the Hill said...

Love this card, the bird stamp is just gorgeous & the background really sets the Sofia die a treat x

Lisbeth said...

Hi Sue. Lovely card today. I think the letterpress technique works so well with this embossing folder and you have used just the right amount of glitter for my taste. Thank you,


Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Sue, I love this technique and I use it regularly, the effect is amazing, and I love this card !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Joan McKevitt said...

Such a lovely card, brought a smile to my face! :) Jo xx

Pauline Austen said...

Hi Sue, love your background and the stamp is delightful. My only problem is that I'm not so good at colouring and would probably go overboard with the glitter. Hufs xx Pauline

Suemac said...

A very pretty card.

Wendy from Scotland said...

Hi Sue, stunning card very pretty
Love Wendy x

Sam Smithard said...

To My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
🥇2016 For The Most Magnificent Blog/🥇2017 For The Most Magnificent Cutting Dies
Sue, I’m Truly Thrilled To See You Use One Of Your Fabulous Stamps With It’s Matching Die
Today’s Card Is Phenomenal It’s Exceptional................
Famous Products Used In Today’s Card
“Creative Expression Ruler 12”/30cm”
“Creative Expression Mounting Foam”
“Creative Expression Cosmic Shimmer Specialists Dries Clear Acrylic Glue”
“Creative Expression Milk/Black Foundation Card”
“Creative Expression Spring Nest Stamp”
“Creative Expression Glitter”
“Creative Expression Art Deco Embossing Folder Designed By Sue Wilson”
“Distress Markers”
“Antique Linen Distress Oxide”
Famous Cutting Dies Used In Today’s Card
“Sue Wilson’s Sofia Die Set”.
“Sue Wilson’s Stitched Flags”
Sue, I Really Love The Letterpress Technique Thank You For Sharing Today’s Exquisite Card
Take Great Care My Wonderful Dear Friend Sue,
Extremely Wonderful Warm Fond Wishes To Colin Also Heather Plus Sam & Family
Sue, Lots Of Love Also Huge Hugs 🤗
Love From Sam xxx

Brenda Lello said...

Hi Sue, what a lovely card, love the background. Hugs Brenda xxx

ursula said...

Very pretty indeed, just love that background...luv Ursula xx

Littlelamb said...

A very pretty card Sue. Thank you.

DeCor said...

Beautiful emissing folder. L I love your STDF so cute.

Rose in Chester said...

Hi Sue,
Lovely gentle card. I love that letterpressing, keep saying it'll try it until I get as good (or nearly) as results as you.
Hugs, Rose