Thursday 18 February 2016

Shabby birthday hanging

I have a couple of friends birthdays coming up so I thought I would make a different and more special 'card' for their happy day. I don't know about you but I put a lot of effort into making friends cards so why not make one that they can actually keep rather than throw or put sway after the big day. This was to be a wall hanging card which at the end changed my mind and I will add Tim's mini easel on the back so that will definitely mean they can keep it out on their shelf for longer.

I started with a 5 x 7 inch canvas board and layered it with gesso using a brush, palette knife and plastic card to add texture and coverage.

When dry I added some text texture using Tim's typo stencil and DecoArt modeling paste and when that was dry I used his harlequin stencil and some glassy gel from my supplies.

I felt a shabby colour palette would be popular with one of my friends so chose titanium white, titan buff, green gold, hansa yellow, sap green, prussian blue and quinacridone red media fluid acrylics (see shop list below) and the white shimmer mister to mix up the soft palette I wanted. Mixing the greens, cream, white and blue I created watery colours and let them drip and misted them with water to get the mottled effects.

The board then went through a whole process of me experimenting with layers until I was finally happy with the results .... adding more drips of paint and drying them ....

.... adding text stamping using olive archival ink ....

 .... spritzing white paint with the shimmer mister and drying it ......

.... adding some brown distress inks to create shadows round the letters .....

.... spritzing the distress ink to create more drippage ....

.... taking out some of the brown and adding in more of the green because I thought it took away from the shabby feel I was trying to create ....

... and then spritzing with the white mister again and using a piece of cut and dry with white gesso and rubbing over the raised letters to bring them up whiter.

Now feeling happy with the background I set about collecting the embellishments. Paper flowers, a wooden frame, a metal wing, a metal butterfly all painted with gesso. A word band painted with bundled sage distress paint and before it was completely dry I wiped across the surface leaving the lettering slightly green. Lace, leaves, cheesecloth and other little bits (and more came later).

Some close ups of the finished piece - a wordband with some lace and tiny flowers ......

... a shabby bow and a prima mini watch with one of Tim's photos in it (it must have come from one of the 6 x 6 pads to be so small), the little red pear is from my supplies ....

.... I finished by dabbing over some glossy accents and adding some glitter glass for added sparkle but as always it is very difficult to photograph .....

..... and here is a mini bottle I added that had been coated in gesso then decoart white crackle paste and when dry a little bundled sage distress ink rubbed on.

I hope you like my birthday board - I was going to add Tim's mini easel on the back but my Big Shot has had to go back to Sizzix to be looked at, but I will cut one from white mountboard and add to the back then it can easily stand on a shelf.

There is still time to take part in our CVC challenge of make your own backgrounds and maybe I have inspired you to have a go at this shabby mixed media style.

Enjoy the rest of the week into the weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx


  1. It's beautiful Brenda. Funnily enough I have been thinking of doing the same for a couple of special birthdays this year after my Mum framed the diamond wedding anniversary card I made them last year . I agree we spend hours making so a hanging version would last even longer. Have a brilliant time in Birmingham xx

    1. Thanks Jane - I hate throwing hand made cards away and don't even want to dconstruct them but hanging some of them or as your parents did frame them means I could keep some of mine longer too.
      I am sure Birmingham will be great - especially Saturday's workshop with Tim xxx

  2. Wonderful tutorial and background... It's a work of art in itself xx

    1. Thanks Nikki - this has become a workshop for my lovely local ladies so it can't be given away yet...... xxx

  3. Great step by step - layering is tricky for me - you put it on , you cover it up, you put it on again! You've done a masterful job here - love the cluster of flowers, ribbon and other ephemera - what a lolvey b'day card that is sure to be treasured

  4. This is beautiful Brenda, and a wonderful step by step - Thank you for sharing. Mo x

  5. Superb Brenda! Love the colours and this size of project. Glad to see I'm not the only one who changes their mind about the colour depths! See you on Saturday. Jenny x

  6. A super tutorial to see all the different stages and what stunning results.
    Julie x

  7. What a gorgeous card! Love the greens with the pinks ! Lovely !
    Corrie x

  8. STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL Brenda. And yes... sooooooooooo agree with you.... this is perfect way for your special someone to keep it displayed and enjoy. It almost makes me even sadder to see a handmade card ruin than to see fresh flowers die. Your background is sooooo lovely and all the colors together as a whole are just truly yummy. SUPER enchanting. j.

  9. Luscious and so inspiring, Brenda!! I loved the teaser photos, and these are even more enticing! Fabulous - lucky recipient!! And lucky local gals!! Once I retire in a few years, I am determined to get over the pond to attend some of these great classes! xxx Lynn

  10. Just stunning Brenda …….. the background is just amazing with such a wonderful mix of colours. Then the burst of colours in the embellishments. So vintage, shabby chic and just fabulous! Jennie x

  11. What a beautiful gift for your friend Brenda, gorgeous colours and textures! It will be treasured for many years to come I am sure, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  12. Absolutely charming - love the background layers building up and fresh springtime colour palette - lovely!
    Alison x