Saturday, February 4, 2017

Brush Strokes Birthday Card

Hello everyone! :o)

Today I'm joining a Chasing Mojo with Sweet Kobylkin, a party/challenge by a friend crafter, very talented and amazing designer Ksenija Rizova.

The main rule of the challenge is to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) your own or someone's card from a challenge CASEing gallery. All cards linked to CASEing gallery are GORGEOUS!! I decided to CASE my own cards for this party/challenge. :o)

You can find more details about the party/challenge over at  Ksenija's blog in a challenge post.

As Ksenija, I also find CASEing most inspiring method when in lack of mojo, but also very practical when you need a card in a short time. I make cards almost every day, but I'm always in a lack of birthday cards. Unbelievable... I need a lot of birthday cards this month, so I made two birthday themed, CASE cards. I'll be sharing them in separate posts today.

Here we go... :o)

My first CASE card for today is this CAS (clean and simple), one layer, masculine, Brush Strokes Birthday Card.

Card I CASEd is on the photo below. More details about the original here.
CASEd card

Same design, layout (CTS #167), color scheme, theme, technique, but there are couple differences. Brush strokes are stamped reverse, I stamped one brush stroke less on new card, I used sentiment from different stamp set and skipped stamping stars. :o)

How I made my card...

For my card I used two Paper Smooches stamp sets: 'Positive Strokes Two' and 'Sentiment Sampler'.

I inked brush stroke with Archival Ink and stamped it directly on a top folded card base. I stamped strokes one after another, not re inking the stamp, creating Ombré Effect. This way I got nice grey shades and I didn't use grey ink. I think this would fit to second generation stamping technique description. Then I stamped yellow brush stroke with Distress Ink Mustard Seed and left it dry a bit. I like how strokes are not "perfectly" stamped. They look distressed and more masculine.

A sentiment stamp I used comes originally in one row, but I wanted it in two rows on my card. I could go with masking, but I decided to go with something easier. I cut the stamp carefully diving words 'happy' and 'birthday' to make stamping in two rows easier. With the stamp ready as I liked, I stamped the sentiment on the card base and my card was finished. :o)

Super easy and quick to create. It took me 15 minutes to make this card, including cleaning stamps and working surface. :o)

Card dimensions: 94 mm x 133 mm ( 3 11/16 " x 5 1/4")

List of supplies:

I'm entering my card to following challenges:
Note: bold text and challengbadge (if any) are direct links to the current challenge and blog badge (if any) is a direct link to blog or challenge home page.

This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

2) Country View Challenges, February 2017 - Time Challenge: 30 Minutes or Under
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.
It took me 15 minutes to make this card, including cleaning stamps and working surface.

3) Seven Hills Crafts, February Challenge: Colour Challenge
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.
I used the middle pallet: Shades of grey and yellow.
Products used from the range in Seven Hill Crafts Shop: Paper Smooches 'Positive Strokes Two' stamp setPaper Smooches 'Sentiment Sampler' stamp set.

Thank you for visiting and your kind feedback. Stay around, I'll be sharing my second CASE card in couple minutes. Enjoy and smile! :o)



  1. Simple but effective. Like the colour choice. Thanks for joining in with us at Country View Crafts.

  2. This is fabulous, Milka! The grey and yellow colour palette really gives a sophisticated look, and the brush strokes suit that perfectly with their clean and contemporary shapes. Love it! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seven Hills Crafts :)

  3. One more great card, Milka! Love black and yellow strokes combined with grey tones. Thank you so much for sharing it at Chasing Mojo Blog Party gallery! - Sweet Kobylkin

  4. I love the Clean and simple design Milka.... great colour choice too, perfect guys card :)
    Thanks for playing along with us at Seven Hills Crafts:)
    Jenny x



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