Birthday Card, Handmade Card, Paper Play

Paper 19 Play

Aloha. Quiet doesn’t necessarily mean nonproductive, yeah?

Here’s my latest card creation. It took me two tries over two days to get what I instinctively feel is perfection.

This one’s for one of the Sharka mums who I have GNO’s with and who was PTA president before me. She was a great mentor, giving advice and answering any questions I had.

I was still ridin high after my last paper play that I wanted to somehow make Nin’s card similar to Alice’s.

The first fail (two Sundays ago) stemmed from not enough background texture from a napkin, too heavy of an ink coloring, too much stenciled texture paste, and the not-so-right coloring of the daisies (with color pencils). I chucked it and took the rest of the day off from it.

The next day I got back to work as I wanted to get it out last Tuesday morning. I did some experimentation on how to color the daisies right so they blended well into the color scheme. Once that was accomplished, everything else started to fall into place during the creating process.

Background Texture

  1. coffee filter
  2. paper towel

Distress Oxides

I used one of Kristina Werner’s DO combinations for a spring and cheery palette as I felt Nin’s card last year may have been too gothic for her:

  • Festive Berries
  • Worn Lipstick
  • Scattered Straw

I also used Vintage Photo to distress all of the edges and to splatter it all over for a modern-aged look.

Main Features

Stampendous Daisy Thanks stamp set used

  • daisies + winged ladybug stamped in Festive Berries
  • butterfly stamped in Scattered Straw
  • chillin ladybug stamped in Worn Lipstick
  • each mounted with foam tape or squares

Background Stamping

  • a stamp from Bo Bunny Press It Is Written set
  • stamped in Vintage Photo

Texture Paste Corners

  • colored separately with Oxides palette
  • spread through the chevron of the Hero Arts Chevron Stencil Pair


  • colored in Oxides
  • stamped in Vintage Photo
  • stamp used from Inkadinkado Happy Everything set
  • left end wrapped in threads from burlap fabric

I’m very pleased with this outcome. I always feel I’m trying to find my style when making cards. I hope to start an art journal so I can get to know and to play around with different mediums and embellishments.

It keeps poppin in my head to make a short video here and there of the techniques and of the construction ways I use. Would you be interested in such a thing?

Mahalo for hangin ten with me today. TTYS. Aloha.

13 thoughts on “Paper 19 Play”

  1. This is wonderful, Stef! So many layers and interesting textures! Nin will love it. I can’t help but want to see your failed card, too, though – as I imagine I’d be blown away by it as well. A video would be very cool! But not because I’d likely make cards like you do (just don’t have the tools), but selfishly I just think it would be fun to watch you (and hear you) make one of your amazing creations. I realize I’m not your target audience for such a video, so take that for what it’s worth. ;^)


    1. You are so sweet, Becki. She really liked it and posted in on FB. Sorry, I threw away the failed background. I’ll try to get in some videos. I thought I’d start short ones on how I make certain parts of cards.


    1. Okie doke; noted. My husband hasn’t been drinking his decaf so that’s why I thought I’d give them a whirl for texture.


    1. Thank you, Tien. I am going to try to work up to a full video on a card creation but the thing is I do start and stop a lot and have to reconfigure things if I’m not satisfied with it certain elements. I think I would video a card I’ve already made which would be easier.


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