Thursday 16 February 2017

Birthday Boy

My son's birthday is coming up, and he's been overseas for some years now, so I wanted to make a card that evoked home. I used CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #210 as a starter:
I've experimented with a couple of things on this card. First, I'm very tentatively trying Copic markers, so used these on the vertical panel. Second, I tried embossing over black stamped images - I didn't want a totally embossed image, but a kind of fill in look. I'm pleased with the results.

The images themselves are New Zealand flora: a ponga koru (the ponga fern is the source of our national symbol, the silver fern, and the koru, or spiral shape has many meanings, among them harmony and new life); the pohutukawa tree (about which I've previously posted) and a kowhai (pronounced caw-fie) blossom. The last will remind my son, I hope, of his sister - they both got a two-blossom kowhai tattoo to represent their relationship before he left.
Made using:
Paper: Stampin' Up's Whisper White, Pacific Point. Kraft paper also - can't remember whose.
Ink: Stampin' Up's Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Real Red.
Embossing: Stampin' Up Gold and Real Red, American Crafts Green Glitter Finish.
Stamps: Stampin' Up Sassy Salutations and Crazy about You (both for sentiments) and craft creations Kiwiana Christmas stamps.
Other - Copic Markers: Robin's Egg Blue, Process Blue and Lapis Lazuli.; washi tape which may be Stampin' Up but I'm not sure.


  1. Pretty card; love the bold colors. Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S.

  2. I love how bright and cheerful this is, thanks for joining us at CC&S.

  3. Such interesting images, thanks for the explanation of their New Zealand link. Well done for experimenting with new techniques and your bold colour choices. Thanks for playing at CC&S.

  4. Oh, Jo! Superb! I love the rich colours you've used. I was wondering how you'd done the background panel and, at first, thought you'd experimented with watercolouring. Copic markers - really! I see a play date coming up so you can show them to me!

  5. That sounds like an excellent idea!

  6. Beautiful bold colours and wonderful techniques. I am sure your son will love the card. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in at CC&S. Hugs Bev x

  7. Beautiful card, Jo! I love that you were "playing" and experimenting with new techniques. Thanks for playing with us at CC&S this week. Hugs, Cathy