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Friday, 30 January 2015

Happy Birthday Son!

Morning my crafting friends, hope this finds you all safe and well? We had our first dowsing of snow yesterday, only a slight covering, hopefully that will be all we get lol! 

Today's post is a card I have made for my son Jonathon who is 27 TODAY, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY SON!

I knew I was going to do a card with the Phoenix on as he loves the Phoenix but after having had some play with some paste I decided to go a step further. I decided to paint & paste onto a thin canvas board and attach this to the front of the card so it was something I could frame for him later. I was originally going to frame the canvas so he had something to open (as he has had money) and make him another card but then decided to turn this into his card. I also wanted to use gilding flakes for the Phoenix but was not sure how they would work over the paste, well I needn't have worried lol!

I painted the canvas with Acrylic paints using a flat brush to get  some dimension/pattern into the background. I used a Blue & Green and just kept mixing the colours together and painting them on until I was happy with the result and left to dry.

Using the Phoenix Stencil I taped it over the canvas and spread the modelling paste over the top making sure it was completely covered. I took the stencil off and placed it in warm water immediately then left the canvas to dry over night.

I gently spread Flake & Glitter Glue over the Phoenix and left it for a couple of hours before putting on the Red Flame gilding flakes, there were a few paste lines showing in between wings and tail feathers so I just painted them in with Red paint. I left the claws and painted them Black afterwards. I was happy with the result but then I wanted to put some flames underneath the Phoenix! I got my flame stamps and stamped them using Fired Brick Distress Ink, this did not show up to well on the canvas so I mixed together two embossing powders (Red Flame & Yellow Lustre), inked the flames over again with my versamark ink pad and heat embossed using the mixed powders, I have to say I was pleased with how the flames looked but disappointed the Yellow did not show up as I was hoping for a more realistic flames!!! I decided to leave the canvas as that.

I got some patterned papers and distressed the edges using large scissors then inked round the edge with Fired Brick and Black Soot, squashed the edges in a bit and matted these onto some Teal card, I then attached my canvas in the center. No sentiment for this as I felt it would ruin the canvas! To finish it off I added a Black gem for the Phoenix eye.

Items used:

Small Flat Canvas 
Acrylic Paints
Patterned Papers (sorry cannot remember who from)
Creative Expressions Embossing Powders Red Flame & Yellow Lustre
Creative Expressions Gilding Flakes Red Flame
Creative Expressions Foundation Card Teal
Creative Expressions Flake & Glitter Glue
Versamark Ink Pad
Sheena Douglass Little Bit Magical Stamps Rise of the Phoenix
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Fired Brick & Black Soot
Kaisercraft Gems Black

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx


  1. Good morning Jacquie and a Happy Birthday to your son. Fabulous canvas the Phoenix looks amazing and love the flames too! Our snow had disappeared within half an hour I don't think Dave believed me when he got up! Susan x

  2. Happy Birthday to your son, I hope he has a fabulous day.
    This is gorgeous, I love the gilding on the phoenix. The colours and textures look wonderful.
    I hope you have a good weekend.
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Stunning image, colours and beautiful card. Happy birthday and big hugs to Jonathon.xxxxx
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  4. Love the image,this is

  5. Fabulous card Jacquie. he will love this, and also have a keepsake. Christine xx

  6. Happy Birthday to your son Jacquie, this is a keep sake for sure. Hazel x

  7. Absolutely stunning Jacquie! Love all the distressing you did and your Phoenix is incredible! Happy Birthday to your son! hugs :)

  8. Happy Birthday to your Son.
    A brilliant card, I love what you have done.
    Have a great weekend

    Patricia x

  9. Hi Jacquie, an amazing card - such a lot of work went into it. The effect is fab. Hope your son enjoys his day. No snow here in Kent. Janice x

  10. Hi Jacquie
    Firstly, Happy Birthday Jonathon. Whose a lucky guy to have such a talented Mum!
    This could have been done by Sheena's own fair (well, more inky, grungy)
    hand, its so fab!
    With all you are juggling at the moment, that's quite amazing!
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

  11. I think it looks fab, quite unique, xxx

  12. This is stunning Jacquie, your Phoenix is brilliant - such a wonderful card and gift for you son.


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