It’s Your Birthday!

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Happy Friday! Today I have a card to share with you featuring an embossing paste technique that I came up with as I was brainstorming how I wanted to design the background for this card.

When planning how I wanted to incorporate a subtle background into this card, I thought about embossing paste. And when thinking about how I would use the embossing paste, I thought it would be fun to mix it with some glitter and create a shimmering background… going with my idea, I quickly pulled together my supplies; a piece of cardstock, some Wendy Vecchi translucent embossing paste and some fine glitter from Martha Stewart Crafts.

On a non-stick sheet, I mixed together some paste and glitter with a palette knife. The ratio of paste to glitter is all personal preference; if you want more shimmer, use more glitter than paste…  less shimmer, use more paste than glitter. For this background I used more glitter than paste, but I will soon be sharing another card using the more paste-less glitter ratio, so be sure to stop back! :)

Once my paste was mixed to the consistency I liked, I applied it over a Heidi Swapp stencil and set it aside to dry.


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Meanwhile, I stamped a flower from the Mama Elephant Freestyle Florals stamp set, three times onto white cardstock. I then masked off each flower and stamped some of the leaves as well, which are also included in the set. Finally, I stamped the smallest leaf image three more times on a separate piece of cardstock. I colored all my images in with Copic markers (B00, BG01 and BG93 for the flowers, and YG11, G21 and YG67 for the leaves). Once everything was colored, I fussy cut everything out and adhered them to my glittered background.

I stamped my sentiment onto some vellum using the Altenew Birthday Greetings stamp set, and filled in the letters with a black pen. I then attached the vellum strip to my panel, and layered the glittered panel to a piece of black cardstock and my card base.

For a couple final touches, I added some Wink of Stella glitter to the flowers and leaves, and also applied some black Ranger Enamel Accents to the background and my vellum sentiment strip.

I really love how the background of this card turned out! The shimmer is beautiful in real life… and a funny thing happened that night… turning out the lights at my craft desk, I noticed my card was “glowing”. Soon I figured out that not only was the Martha Stewart glitter a super fine, brilliant glitter, but it was glowing glitter! LOL! It actually looks quite amazing, seeing the silhouette of the flowers against the glowing background pattern!

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed, and thanks so much for stopping by!  :)



This card is submitted into the Seize the Birthday “Make Your Own Background” challenge, the Freshly Made Sketches challenge #184,  the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” Monday challenge and the Mama Elephant May Flickr challenge.

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By | 2015-05-07T13:58:38+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Birthday, Cardmaking, Celebrations|7 Comments


  1. Daria Z. May 11, 2015 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Nina-Marie, this is absolutely stunning! Love the glittery embossed bg and those flowers are just beautiful!

  2. ahappyscramper May 4, 2015 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Stunning – love the glittery emb paste:)

  3. amyoneillblog May 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    This is such a WOW card! That background is amazing, and your coloring of the flowers is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  4. Emma May 2, 2015 at 10:59 am - Reply

    This is absolutely beautiful and I love everything about it, from the delicate embossed background to the beautiful stamped flowers ~ just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.. :)

  5. disp6194 May 2, 2015 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Ohmigawd. OH. MY. GOD. I love it. Head over heels in love. Everything about it is perfect from the shimmery background to those gorgeous flowers and the vellum strip. Perfection.

  6. Sharyn Polesel May 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Beautiful card! Love the flowers and your pretty background. Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  7. just B. May 1, 2015 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Great composition, really eye-catching!

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