Birthday Card, Handmade Card

Paper 20 Play

Hello. What are you up to today? Our crew is chillaxin as usual. I got to sleep in some after having a three-hour, craft night yesterday with my neighbors. Usually there’s just the four of us but a fifth came to gab for a while and a sixth came and hung out! Also, the hostess had a friend over who lives in our district. A full house; it was wonderful.

I have another card to show you. The birthday girl should have gotten it at least by today. I’ve stopped informing recipients snail mail is on the way as most are busy and probably don’t check their mail every day.

A is a talented pastry chef (birthday on Monday from what I could gather on FB) who makes kawaii cakes up in the city. She’s down-to-earth and all about aloha so I wanted this card to reflect her personality, finding girly flowers and colors too frou-frou for her.

Note: The edges of each piece was distressed in Distress Oxide Gathered Twigs.

The Background

It took me two tries to get this card’s background perfected.

Attempt #1

I had one, failed background after collaging a coffee filter and a paper towel + blending stripes of three colors. I didn’t like how the stripes were typically color-blocked there and felt their colors would clash with the pineapple stamps which would be in yellow and green. There were too many colors in the first attempt.

Take II

So I looked back at my Pinterest board of Distress Oxide palettes and decided to try another of Kristina Werner’s DO combinations.

  • Mermaid Lagoon
  • Squeezed Lemonade
  • Lucky Clover

I didn’t have Lucky Clover in Oxide so I used its Distress Ink form. I felt much better about this color scheme as it would tie in with the pineapples. After I blended the colors I wanted more texture so I scored the cardstock into small squares.


I used the numbers stamp from Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Reflections to stamp in places in different directions in Distress Oxide Gathered Twigs.




I wanted more of a mixed media feel to this card, feeling the loss of texture I’ve used in the past, two cards.


I ripped two, paper strips from these sources:

  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Postale Tissue Wrap
  • coffee filter
  • Each strip was scrunched and glued down with Tim Holtz Collage Medium Matte.

The color palette was blended over them so they’d blend in some with the scored cardstock.

Burlap + Baker’s Twine

  • I used burlap, cutting a rough triangle from it and pulling out strands so the edges would be frayed.
  • I cut a piece of black and white twine and wrapped it kind of randomly around the triangle, having certain sections cross at places.
  • This piece was glued down onto the background with Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte.


I first tried to stamp the pineapples in Squeezed Lemonade but I felt they were too pale and didn’t have that modern, edgy vibe. Therefore I tried another way.

  • Two, big pineapples from the set, Fiskars Aloha, was were stamped in Staz-On black ink.
  • I also did the same with little pineapple from Fiskars Tropical Getaway.
  • Each pineapple was colored in with the Tim Holtz Water Brush with Fine Detailer Nib where Squeezed Lemonade and Lucky Clover were individually smooshed onto plastic wrap and spritzed with water.
  • The pineapples were mounted with either foam tape, foam circles, or foam squares.


  • stamp from Stampin Up Party with Cake set
  • stamped in Staz-On black
  • cut apart
  • mounted with foam tape

I’m pleased with how this card came out. It makes me think of modern art and a bit of graffiti on a wall outside. Fingers crossed she’ll check her mail today! I’m excited to hear what A thinks.

Laundry duty calls so I must go. Have a nice weekend. TTYS.

8 thoughts on “Paper 20 Play”

  1. I check my snail mail every day, it is always exciting when something turns up in the actual post. I bet she will love her surprise. The card is wonderful, and so much thought and skill gone into it. Aren’t craft nights a lot of fun!


  2. You used a coffee filter on your card! That is so cool. I especially love your explanations of the stuff you do that really any of us could do – like the layering of different things most of us might have around. I realize it’s knowing how to use the inks and stamps that make these truly beautiful, but I’m inspired by the everyday stuff, too. Makes me want to look around and consider what I might have that I could use to make a card.

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  3. What a beautiful card Stefanie! I love the modern, grungy look 🙂 You are right that it does remind me of street art and graffiti! It’s very creative! Great work!

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