September 13, 2022


A month ago, I published a blog post in which the card background was created by using the Blending Brush and ink through the "stencil" left over after punching out some strawberry shapes from a long ago Paper Pumpkin kit. The card I'm referring to is strawberry birthday.

Well, at the same time I was working on the strawberry-shaped "stencil", I also had one with blueberry shapes, i.e., just circles.

Using that same method in a different color scheme, I came up with this card.

As you can see from the next photo, there is practically no dimension to the card 
save for the three pretty rhinestones.

The finished card sitting atop the "stencil" I used to make it:

To create the assorted circles, which somewhat resemble the technique known as bokeh, I used inks in the following colors: Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather. As you can see, I used varying pressure with the Blending Brush to ink in the circles. If it is all one darkness/lightness, you get a result that is a little boring. As they say, variety is the spice of life.

Because I used purples and pinks for my circles, and wanting the sentiment to stand out more, I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss. The stamps come from the stamp set Biggest Wish, found on page 40 in the Annual Catalog. I love the variety of sizes in this set!

Once the sentiment was in place, I added three purple rhinestones, 

I had done all the stenciling and stamping on a piece of white cardstock that measured 3 3/4" x 5". Because the wonderful coordinating colors in a piece of Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper went so well with my circles, I elected to use a piece of that as my frame around it. BUT, wanting more than 1/8" to stick out in order to make it worthwhile, I cut this DSP to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", the size of an A2 card. This gave a frame of 1/4" all around. 

Since this piece was the size of a card front, I added the whole thing to a white card base even though the white didn't show on the front.

The photo below shows both cards I created using something 
most people would have just tossed in the garbage. 
But me? 
Remember, I see most things as a potential art supply!


Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.
- Cecil B. DeMille -




  1. I love that! I don't understand how you did it - I'm not famed for my artistic abilities - but I really DO love these cards.
    Thanks for sharing at

    1. Thanks, Sue! I'm so glad you like them! If you'd ever like any hints on how to do various techniques, please don't be afraid to reach out to me! I'd love to help!

  2. Simply beautiful.
    Visiting today from Encouraging Hearts & Home #1&2

    1. Thank you, Paula! I'm glad you visited! Please come back soon!

  3. I really like this card. The pink and purple work so well together

    1. Thanks, Natasha! Yes, the two colors play really well together.

  4. They're both very pretty - the purple is lovely!

  5. Thanks for sharing this again at I'm jealous of your talent - I missed the artist gene, I'm afraid.

    1. Thank you for allowing me link up my photos. I just started inclluding photos in my blog posts to accompany the quotes, so I am happy that I have something I can share with your link-ups. How can you possibly say that you missed out on the artist gene -- no way! Your photos are wonderful!

  6. This is such a pretty card, rendered in lovely colors. I like the subtle addition of the rhinestones for embellishment.
    Thank you for participating in Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 34.

    1. Thank you, Carol! You always leave such sweet comments!