Thursday, November 3, 2016

Happy 70th Birthday

Hi everyone! It's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday!

This time around the "Toppings" option is Stencil. You can also chose to do an "Anything Goes" birthday card, the choice is yours! 

I chose to use the option of Stencil. My card is super simple, because I'm trying out a new product for the first time and I wanted to focus on using it. After watching a few videos featuring Clarity Stencil Brushes, I had to have them and then they sat on my shelf for months. I was happy about this challenge as it pushed me to finally use them. I absolutely love how seamlessly the colors blend using them. I used only three colors of ink for my background but I feel like it looks like so much more. 

I must add that I was inspired by this card from my amazing bloggy friend Shannon. I loved the layout and autumnal colors, and substituted numbers for the leaves as I needed an age specific masculine card.  Thanks, Shannon! 

Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Many Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up)
Ink Pads: Wet Cement, Cup O' Joe, Just Rust, Butter Bar (Hero Arts)
Tools: Big Shot, Classic Numbers Dies (Hero Arts), English Brick Wall Stencil (My Favorite Things), Stencil Brushes (Clarity)
Accessories: Enamel Dots (Echo Park)

I'm so glad you paid me a visit today! If you have a moment please leave a comment, then visit the rest of the wonderful Design Team at Seize the Birthday. We'd love for you to play along, too!

Inky hugs :)


  1. Gorgeous background and fantastic color scheme!
    Have a great day!
    Sherrie K
    STB Surprise Guest Designer

  2. I loved Shannon's card and I love yours too! What a cool effect!!!

  3. I love your card, Sandy, it's very pretty! :)

  4. First of all GREAT card Sandy! I loved it the moment I saw it! Your colors blended so perfectly and does appear like there are more colors than three. I also knew where your inspiration came from as soon as I read your post! I adored Shannon's card too...and pinned it myself! Yours is going right beside hers! Take care!

  5. Your background is perfect! Love the colour combo and the sentiment is awesome.

  6. This is a perfect masculine fall birthday card, Sandy! The blending looks really gorgeous. The Clarity brushes are on my wish list for a while now. And your card reminded me of that!