Monday, May 11, 2015


Many of you may know my sister Rebecca from Sydney's Sentiments.  Her birthday is coming up on May 25.  I won't share how old she is because she is my younger sister.  Recently she has been teaching me a lot of mixed media art.  She even bought me some Bister powders to play with.  I made this background with them.

I decided to do somewhat of a tutorial on this card.  So here goes:

 I started out with some watercolor paper, Bister powders and a small paintbrush.


 As you can see I only put a small amount of powder on the paper.

Then I spritzed with some water.  The more water you use the more diluted the color.  Then I dried it with a heat gun. 

 I wanted more color so added a bit more and some yellow. 

 My next step was to use this stencil I bought.  My sister loves her birds and I thought she would like this.  I did the top in black.

 Then I did the bottom in white.  The paper was smaller than the stencil so I moved the stencil to get more birds out of it.

 Here is my finished background.  I took this and mounted it my cardstock then added my Happy Birthday to it.  I used a die and cut it out five times in black and once in green.  I glued them all together and added some Glossy Accents to it.  

On the inside I used some Distress Ink and then stamped with a sentiment I had.  Green is her favorite color and I'm sure she is going to love this.  She and I are about to head to the Scrapbook Mega Meet tomorrow and I'll give it to her then.  We are leaving the families behind and going to have some sister/cousin time as we will be meeting our cousins Candy from Candy Scraps and her mom.  We had so much fun last year that we decided to make it an annual trip.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  Have a wonderful day!

Card recipe:

Paper - Canson & generic
Inks - Bister, Tim Holtz Distress, Momento & Brilliance
Stencil - The Craft Workshop
Die - Frantic Stamper
Sentiment Stamp - Stampendous
Glossy Accents

Challenges entered:


Mynn Kitchen said...

Hi, Robin! This is OH so pretty! I love the great colors and fabulous textures! Thank you for linking up with my Birthday Giveaway at On A Stampage! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

PS: I'm your newest follower. ;)

Lesia Cook said...

Very cute and thanks for the tutorial. Thank you for visiting and playing with us at Mema's Crafts. We hope you visit again real soon and good luck in the challenge.

Teresa Kline said...

wow, gorgeous card..luv the technique! so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is so gorgeous!! The background looks amazing!! The stencils you added are just beautiful!! What a fabulous card for your sister!! I have to check out those Bister powders!! Have a great day :)

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brenda said...

Fabulous background Robin, the colours are lush and the white resist images really pop.

B x

NGCARDS said...

A fantastic card hun, a lovely blend of colours! Thanks for joining in with the Birthday celebrations at Creative Inspirations! xxx

Candy Spiegel said...

This is even prettier in person! I love it. And, you got me to try something new!!

Barbara GR said...

Oh wooww... thank you for your tutorial!! Gorgeous card with beautiful colour scheme!!!
Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations!
Hugs, Barbara GR

Joyce Ann said...

Thank you for the tutorial! Good luck in the challenge from Mema's Crafts.