Tis the season for lots of birthday and I seem to be playing catch up constantly! This is partly due to the fact that I like to make cards specifically for the person concerned and not just pull one out of my stash.  So this time, I decided to use one of these faux batik backgrounds.  The funny thing is that I had decided to use one of these for the latest Gina K challenge, and I had that to do and also the Altenew challenge.  They were both due on the same day, so I was working on them both at the same time.  The theme of the Gina K challenge was “Wing it” with an option to add gold details to it.  I had the idea to use one of my faux batik backgrounds and turn some of the stamped flowers into butterflies by foiling over them.

hugs and wildflowers gina k

I have one of those Heidi Swapp toner pens, so I used it to draw over some of the flowers that I think looked like they could be butterflies.

batik cards with foil

and this one also

batik birthday card with foil

So this all seems to be going swimmingly well, except that I missed the deadline for the linkup by 4 hours lol.  I don’t know how I managed that but by the time I had got to this point and taken the photos, the linkup was closed, so I guess I got the time zones wrong.  I thought I was ok as it was about 7pm on May 31st.

Anyway that was yesterday, and today I needed another birthday card ASAP, so I decided to use one of these unused cards and tweak it a little to suit my friend.

batik birthday card with foil

I used Waffle Flower’s Cutaway Alphabet stamps to heat emboss the name on the card in gold.  Then I stamped small sentiments around the edges of the card.  I decided to make a matching gift card to go with it, then made a yellow envelope to go with the card.

wild dandelion cardstock

I also stamped the back of the cards with these cute little stamps – don’t ask me what they are atm because I can’t remember – I think they are both from the same set and I will check and update the post.

hugs and wildflowers gift bag


And because I needed a bag… I expanded on my idea for my mum’s gift bag a few days ago.  This time I took another white paper bag and sprayed it with the new Distress Oxide sprays.

new distress oxide sprays


Once the Oxides were dry I wiped some of the chalkiness off, and sprayed the bag with fixative because I didn’t want it to come off on anything. Then used the Hugs and Wildflowers stamp to stamp flowers and sentiment on the bag.

batik birthday card with foil


Hugs and Wildflowers Stamp Set – Gina K Designs
Cutaway Alphabet stamp – Waffle Flower
Distress Oxide Sprays – Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon
Gold embossing powder – Wow
Gold Foil – Gina K Designs
Wild Dandelion cardstock – Gina K Designs
Toner Pen – Heidi Swapp
Versafine Clair ink – Purple, Pink
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
White gift bag from stash
Faux Batik cards made previously


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