Birthday Greetings

My first card in 2017! I would like to send wishes to all for a healthy and happy 2017.
Birthday cards are always on the list of cards I need.  I like having the time to just think about what I would like to do, and today was a lazy day, so perfect timing. I used a new stencil for my background today, and sponged with my beautiful Clarity Stamp brushes, that make stenciling so easy. I'll add a picture at the end of this post. I used three colours of Tim Holtz Distress inks, sponging the light gold in the center and the different oranges on either side. I did not cover the entire panel, instead going lighter towards the edges. I placed the panel inside my Misti and played around a bit before making a decision on where I wanted my sentiment placed ... I bet we all do that. Misti made it much easier to do, as this too is a new stamp and requires more than one go at inking. This took 3 goes ... which is why I 💖 my Misti. I die cut the candle and sponged on the darkest orange and the light gold colour, and attached to my card on foam dots, and nothing has changed in 2017 ... I still love sequins, so I completed my card with a few. Thank you for visiting today.
Products: Misti, ARTplorations Stencil Foiled Again, Impression Obsession Birthday Wishes, Cuttlebug With Gratitude, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Simon Says Stamp Intense Black, Neenah Cardstock, Sequins.
These are the brushes I mentioned above. I ordered them from Simon Says Stamp as I do not know of a company that carries these in Canada. They are fantastic brushes for stenciling. I would very much like more, one for each colour, maybe one day.


  1. I love how you used your brushes to paint your stenciled background. Such a pretty birthday card. Have you noticed I have been using more sequins? All because of you my friend. Happy New Year, Nancy

  2. Kia, what a gorgeous card, and I've heard a lot about the Clarity brushes. It looks like you've used them well, and what a beautiful color and variation. And I love the new sentiment and LOVE my MISTI too...what did we ever do without it!!?? Beautifully done with the birthday candle and of course your "signature" sequins! Hugs and warmth, sweet friend! xoxo

  3. I really love how you did this one Kia, the shading is beautiful.
    ( I guess I need to learn how to use those brushes ) :)

  4. Gorgeous Card, thanks for the info on the brushes, they're on my wish list, I was thinking of ordering the UK and picking up on my next visit. Now I'm not sure if I can wait that long :)

    I just love the softness of your stenciling so pretty.
    Happy New Year

  5. Great card, love your design
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week and Happy New Year !

    Jo x


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