Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Happy 30th birthday!

My oldest niece is 30 today...gasp!  How can that be?  Just last week I held her in my arms and gazed into her large blue eyes.  Today she's a delightful young adult teaching art in a blue-collar middle school in a very blue-collar community.  She loves it and the faculty and students love her for her...enthusiasm, knowledge, personality, and sharing & caring nature.

The base card is light blue Bazzill cardstock, the next layer is gray Bazzill cardstock that has distressed edges.  The top layer is watercolor distress cardstock that was dipped in Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Paint (one of my favorite color combos!!!) then heated until dry.

The snowflakes are from an experiment using hand sanitizer and archival inks (Sky Blue, Hydrangea, and Cornflower Blue) on manila cardstock.  I used Tim's Paper Snowflakes Sizzix die to cut them out.

The top layer was overstamped with Artful Tools; 'celebrate' was stamped in Encore's Silver Metallic ink then heat embossed with Ranger's Detail Silver embossing powder.  The bird was stamped (Watering Can Archival ink) on watercolor distress cardstock twice and colored with distress markers and a waterbrush.  Love the coordinating die!  The additional words (Crazy Talk) were stamped in Jet Black Archival ink.


  1. Susan - this is my current favorite piece of yours! Love the layers of color, and, of course, I can't get enough of that bird series! Cool that you put him with brushes with all the color work you did!

  2. what a lovely card for your art teacher niece - I'm sure she will love it!