#the100dayproject : handmade card 15/100-2 : happy birthday [purple]

Posted by Kerry Wills on

happy wednesday friends!

when i created the inspiration wheel i included a handful of themes that i knew would instantly inspire me - as well as a few that would challenge me. the complete list includes:

1-layer
embossed - heat
embossed - dry
monochromatic color scheme
one company
inside element or sentiment
birthday
seasonal
watercolor
die-cut element
stenciled
3-d element
pattern play
slimline
color swatch
sketch
ink blending
special effect

for the rules, i told myself that i had to incorporate whatever the wheel lands on each day, but that i can add to it whatever i want. i feel like the automatic spinner keeps landing on one side of the wheel, so today i wanted to use a few different themes. 

the wheel landed on ink blending which it's done a few times already during this challenge. i decided to add in a monochromatic color scheme, birthday for the topic with stenciling and 3-d elements for detail. since i was sticking with only using one color, i decided to go light handed to heavy handed on the ink blending to get different values of the same color. [i created an additional wheel with the basic colors [red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple to help me decide on a color family to use.] that wheel landed on purple!

day 15 of the #the100dayproject for 1cre8ivemess is a purple monochromatic card in a portrait format. the front panel has been stenciled on an angle with purple ink on a lavender panel. the sentiment "happy birthday" is stamped in alignment with the stenciled pattern in black ink.

i trimmed some lavender cardstock to create my panel for the front of the card. i angled a stencil before using wilted violet distress ink to blend all over. while i'm usually a sucker for clean lines and orderly fashion, there's just something about angles and diagonals that i tend to love even more. 

beginning in the lower right corner, i softly blended the purple ink out to the edges of the panel. where it was darkest, i used a crisp black ink to stamp the sentiment "happy birthday."

detailed photo of the bottom right corner of this handmade purple stenciled birthday card. the stencil features a square pattern with horizontal lines that almost resemble the outline of an envelope from the back. crisp black letters spell out happy birthday.

to add in a little detail and dimension, i added a smattering of dots using nuvo drops in a translucent lavender color. they were still slightly wet when these photos were taken, but will dry with perfect rounded tops. i like that you can still see the card base and pattern through them, but that they create a visual triangle to help guide your eye around the card. 

an angled view of the card front showing the depth and dimension of the nuvo drops accents. they're slightly translucent liquid drops that will harden to create a dimensional detail in a circular shape.

the card base is purple to coordinate with the monochromatic theme and so is the envelope that is included with the card. while this handmade card came together pretty quickly, i'm more impressed that i was able to incorporate so many additional elements from the inspiration wheel. it's not too busy but would be suitable for nearly anyone to help celebrate their birthday!

a flatlay view of the monochromatic purple handmade birthday card, complete with a purple envelope.

i'm super jazzed to be adding this card to the birthday collection in my online shop's card catalog. i was nearly wiped out of this category and have lots of ideas and sketches to help fill it back up. birthdays are something that should be celebrated and the perfect card is always a great way to help do that!

i'll be back tomorrow with day 16 - what will the wheel land on? what would you like to see?


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