All the Birthdays

I made a short stack of birthday cards yesterday with a new Concord & 9th set, ‘All the Birthdays’. I pulled out several prints from earlier gel printing sessions and chose some which would work as panels for birthday cards.

On the card above I used ranger blue embossing powder and the card below versafine tulip red was the perfect match for my printed background.

Some were printed using the petite set A gel presses so they were already shaped as squares. Others I cut from larger prints. I used stencils and lace to make the prints and a range of acrylic paints.

One of the stamp combinations from the C&9 ‘all the birthdays’ is a pair of stamps that overlap to spell ‘happy birthday’; there are outline stamps that frame the solid letters also. That is what I used on the card below with gold and brown inks then clear embossing powder.

I also added some texture to a few of the card bases or mats with embossing folders and stencils.

The printed panel below included such pretty blues and purples I wanted to match them in the sentiment so I stamped with archival dusty concord and faded jeans then, before the ink dried embossed in clear powder.

The card below features rose gold embossing powder; it looks a little darker than expected on this panel, maybe because of the depth of colour in the print.

I really enjoyed pairing sentiments from the C&9 set with my leftover gel prints. I did have some embossing challenges though; I’m just not an embossing champion. Stray powder, over heating, underheating, even when I use a powder tool and preheat the heat tool I still make mistakes. This lot took me all afternoon but I am very happy with them and I’m pleased to have boosted my birthday card stash. Now if I can just remember to send them…


4 Comments on “All the Birthdays”

  1. Lagene says:

    Wonderful birthday cards, I love your gel prints!!!!

  2. Pat says:

    What a fantastic array of cards using your wonderful gelli prints for backgrounds, and the C & 9th stamps go beautifully with them. I think your heat embossing is fine. All I do is get a good heat and then heating mostly from underneath I keep steady progress across and watch closely so as soon as it turns shiny I move on immediately. I always use an anti static powder bag or talc brushed over and only heat from above if the card is very thick or if it is a sentiment strip or something which is very small and difficult to keep hold of, or maybe at the end just to make sure I have all the powder heated, and then only very briefly as I think you do get a smoother finish heating from below. You probably know all this already Heather and you are an experienced cardmaker so hope you don’t think I am being too clever as mine goes wrong sometimes, but I do quite a lot of it and mostly my results are fine. If the coverage is a bit grainy I sometimes add another coat if able to. x

    • Heather says:

      Thanks for the reminder to apply heat from below when embossing. I had got out of the habit of doing that and it has made a difference. Take care.

  3. Ellie Knol says:

    They are great.. I also like to use monoprints this way..

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