Hey crafty friends! I have a very bright pink and happy card to share today. This one will be a birthday card for a friend soon.

The Finished Card

 

happy day pink easel card

This is another easel style card, using Prima papers (Apricot Honey) and featuring a mixed media background and some handmade paper flowers from this post.

The Start of the Card

I had decided to make two more cards for forthcoming birthdays, the one on the right is using Prima paper from Midnight Garden and the one on the left is using a scrap from Prima Apricot Honey collection paper. Both cards have liquid acrylics on them, and stenciling using the Passiflora Stencil and paper texture paste.  They both have random black stamping on them and paint splatters (unfortunately the pink card also has a big green unintentional splatter that has dripped from another project I was working on, but I knew I could cover it up so it was OK).  I worked on both these cards at the same time as they both used similar techniques but I will only be talking about the pink card today.

 

After the backgrounds were done, I started playing around with some elements I had available, mostly Tim Holtz die cuts that I had recently created and painted.  I was pretty keen to use this brown frame on the pink card and even the leftover butterfly from this project looked like a possibility.

Construction

I decided to keep going with the card construction and worry about the decoration later, so I painted a piece of 5.5 x 5.5 card with Frosty Pearl acrylic paint, edged it in black soot archival ink, and glued the panel on to it. I then made a matching journal card sized piece for the inside and painted it too, adding another piece of Apricot Honey paper to it and painting it to match, and  distressing all the edges with black soot.  Then I took the easel card base I had made, and glued the front and inside pieces to it, making sure all the edges matched and the card could stand up

easel card base

Decoration

And now I was back to wondering what to put on the front of the card.  Since it is a birthday card for my friend, I wanted to use some kind of birthday sentiment and opted for the Tim Holtz Letterboard Bigz Alphabet dies, which I cut out and painted with Frosty Pearl Metallique and edged with my Tuxedo Memento Marker.  I still didn’t know what else to put on the card but then I remembered the paper flowers I had left drying on the shelf and the pink ones were a perfect match even though when I made them, I was not thinking about this card at all!

I quickly assembled and glued the flower pieces together to make three pink flowers and added them and the leaves to the front of the card using 3D Matte Gel and left them to dry, and the card was done!

Or is it?

I am still thinking about adding YOU to the centre of this card, to make it Happy You Day.  I have a couple of weeks to think about it before it needs to be posted.

 

PROJECT RECIPE:
Clear Gesso
Paper Texture Paste
Passiflora Stencil
Metalliques – frosty pearl
Liquid Acrylics – magenta
Tuxedo Black Memento Marker
Distress Archival Ink – Black Soot
Finnabair Stamps
Black and White paint splatters
White cardstock for card base
Corner rounder
Flowers from stash
Tim Holtz Letterboard Bigz Die
Prima Apricot Honey Collection

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