Birthday Card Ideas using SSS Sending and Wishing

Happy Monday to all,

After smitten by Gold last month, I am now crazy over silver embossing.  Are you ready to take out your silver embossing powder for some birthday card ideas?

I am hooked onto random splash of water color background and having a striking silver embossed sentiment that gives a more mellow look than gold, but still as elegant.

So, here goes, my creation for today,

If you have been following me on instagram, you would have noticed the source of inspiration for the background color palette.

I was so inspired by an old washi tape I have and played around with Tim Holtz Distress Markers to match the shades as closely as possible.

To create the background, it is really fun and the end results of the staining the background is pretty random and full of surprises.

I used to use acrylic block to transfer the distress ink over to the paper but now, I use transparency as it is more flexible and you can easily lift up certain parts of the transparency if you do not wish to transfer the ink over to the cardstock. 

I found this method easier to handle.

Step by step instructions

  1. Tape the four sides of watercolor to a craft hardboard.  This helps to keep the paper flat when water is added and if heat tool is used to dry the background.
  2. Use distress markers and apply onto transparency.
  3. Spray water using a small spray bottle.
  4. Lift up transparency and flip it to transfer to the watercolor paper.  Gently lift up transparency and you will notice spots of water gathered at certain part of the watercolor paper.  Blow gently in different direction to create streaks of water.  If it’s still too much water, you may use a tissue to gently soak up excess water.
  5. Heat set it using heat tool.
  6. Remove washi tape, ensure background is dry.
  7. Stamp “Wishing” from SSS101475 Sending And Wishing Clear Stamps with Watermark Ink, emboss with silver embossing powder.
  8. Stamp “YOU THE HAPPIEST BIRTHDAY!” on a separate cardstock with Watermark Ink, emboss with silver embossing powder.  Trim out a small banner and adhere to watercolor paper using foam tape.
  9. Add sequins as embellishment, using Ranger Glossy Accent to adhere.
  10. Add small drops of Ranger glossy Accent randomly on the watercolor background to give an effect of water droplets.  I added at the end tip of the streaks for that additional water droplets effect.
  11. Adhere watercolor paper to card base with foam tape.

I hope you like this design and give it a try using this technique.  The end result of the background is always different and totally unexpected.

Here is another card I made using this same technique,

Supplies and Tools

  • Simon Says Stamp SSS101475 Sending and Wishing Clear Stamps (SSS101429 Sending Happy Thoughts for the second card)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough and Seedless Preserves (I left out the Seedless Preserves for the second card)
  • Watermark Ink
  • WOW silver embossing powder
  • Ranger Glossy Accent
  • Sequins (Pearls for the second card)
  • Foam Tape
  • Heat Tool

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  1. Sarah says:

    You’ve created some super elegant splatterings and I love the silver embossing too and the delicate shades. It is however one layer week at Less is More and I spy another layer therefore we are unable to accept at LIM this time but do hope you’ll play along again.
    Thanks so much Sarah

    • Ink A Paper says:

      Hi Sarah,
      Opps…sorry, think I missed out the one layer requirement. No worries, will play again the next round. Thanks for letting me know. Cheers!


  2. chrissieann says:

    What an attractive mix of colours on this super card!
    Thanks so much for joining us.
    “Less is More”

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