Saturday, July 02, 2016

Happy Birthday Darnell!

Hi everyone.  Today is a very special day ... it's Darnell's (djkardkreations) birthday. :) A lot of crafters know Darnell through her on-line blog.  Not only does she make amazing cards, but she is funny, witty and sweet!  And she is so thoughtful to all her on-line friends ... and there's A LOT! :)

Darnell brings joy to so many, including me.  I thought this was a fitting card for her as she really is my sunshine! :)

Happy Birthday Dolly!!  I hope the Mister is spoiling you rotten today!  I mailed the card a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully you'll have it soon.  You get to see it here first. :)

I started by creating a Splash Watercolour background.  Click HERE to see my tutorial on how to do this technique.  This time I used regular Neenah 110 lb. card stock.  I was surprised it worked so well.  Always good to experiment.  You can see all the splashes of yellow that create a lot of visual texture and depth.  LOVE how it turned out.

After drying with a heat tool, I placed a sun stencil over top and sponged on more of the same two shades of yellow ... first Squeezed Lemonade over the whole stencil, fading out towards the ends of the rays, and then Mustard Seed, concentrating more on the sun itself, and blending out into the rays.

To finish, I stamped my sentiment in black, added three small die-cut clouds and a few sequins for sparkle.

Fun card to make.  If you have some time, make sure to pop over to Darnell's blog (djkardkreations) and wish her a Happy Birthday.







Stamps:  Fond Expressions 2 (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Squeeze Lemonade, Mustard Seed (Tim Holtz); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Sun stencil (cut with my Silhouette Cameo), sponges, Puffy Cloud dies (Memory Box), sequins

26 comments:

Julie B said...

Darnell is certainly a little ray of sunshine and this card is fabulous, love it.
Might have to try that technique out, so effective. :)

Linda said...

This has definitely brightened my day ...... I'm sure it's done the trick with Darnell too. The perfect card for such a fab friend. xx

HJ said...

This is certainly an uplifting card...just like Darnell. I know she will love this beautiful card.

Mac Mable said...

This is the perfect card for Darnell as she is always so full of sunshine. The background technique works so well. adds layers, depth and further interest. Love the scale of the cute clouds against the burst of sunshine. Really wet here today so this card has brought a smile to may face..Thank you x

JosieD said...

This card is total WOW!! The yellows used in the splash bgrd. and with the stencil really make an impact. Plus the sentiment and the clouds bringing it all together. The design and the result rock (smiley face).

Sheila H said...

This card is perfect for Darnell. She definitely brings sunshine to many. Your design is flawless.

Aileen Ryan said...

Darnell is sure to love it and you are so right. She is such a ray of sunshine and someone others reach out to with ease and comfort. I hope you have the best day posible if you read this Darnell but will come over and visit as well.

Tina Z. said...

yes, this card is perfect for Darnell, I love it.

Bonnie said...

LOVE all this sunshine especially on this cloudy day! Darnell is like sunshine on any day! A wonderful stencil and card for a bright and loving friend!

Redanne said...

A beautiful card for a truly beautiful lady and wonderful friend! xx

Maura R said...

A beautiful, sunny card for a beautiful sunny person!! Well done, Loll.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

I LOVE yellow on cards Loll and this one is just so happy and cheery!! I'm certain Darnell will love it too! Have a wonderful weekend! Hazel xx
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Pam said...

Beautiful card, Loll! It's perfect for Darnell. She is definitely always a ray of sunshine!

nancy littrell said...

The perfect card Loll for Sweet Darnell who is a ray of sunshine every day. I'm sure she is going to Love your beautiful Ray of Sunshine. Your Splash technique worked beautifully with your Sunday stenciling. TFS my friend. Hugs, Nancy

Darnell J Knauss said...

Blushing wildly, I say thank you so much for dedicating a post just for my special burfday and making me this sunny card, Lolly!! I love you back!! I don't know if I have mentioned it in the past or you just have special powers, but I have a few bottles of that Splash that have sat here forlorn for like three years. I keep meaning to watch a video on what the heck I'm spose to do with them, but then I never do, so thank you for this! Thank you for the video which I look forward to watching after my trip! You're the BEST!! Love and hugs, Dolly

Oh, PS, your card has been here for ages, but this year I saved every card to open this morning. It was fun!! And this card is even more glorious in real life!! MWAH!

Brenda said...

Wow, wow, wow! I think this is the perfect card for Auntie! She brings so much sunshine to everyone's lives that is for sure. I love how you did this card Loll, the smoshing, the stenciling, everything. It is just like Darnell, sunny and happy and she brings sunshine to light on everyone! Hugs, Brenda

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Big sun and wispy clouds giving solace :-) This card expresses you. Beautiful card with a lot of good energy. Darnell will love :-)
hugs,
BozenA

Sara Barker said...

This is SOOO beautiful!

Nancy Stislow said...

What a delightful, happy card, Loll! I'm sure she will smile when she gets this one! You do come up with some fabulous techniques and I enjoy seeing them!

Petra Swart said...

What a wonderful sunshiny card for the lovely Darnell who brightens any day, Loll!!! Your bg looks fabulous and the little clouds and sprinkle of sequins really let your card stand out as a masterpiece!!!! Wonderfully done!!!
Hugz

Susanne Vargas said...

What a sunny and gorgeous card to brighten up our Darnell's special day! So adore the stencil you made yourself and the splattery technique!

MaryH said...

Perfect card for Our Darnell. She truly is the Sunshine to so many of us, and this card is a lovely representation of her spirit. It's beautiful! TFS & Hugs

Susan said...

Wonderful ray of sunshine for Darnell! I love the way the clouds are tiny and the sun is so big - works perfectly with the sentiment! And great placement of the sequins!

Anita in France said...

What a perfect card for Darnell, Loll ... apart from it being stunning, it's chock full of delicious warm sunshine, just like the lovely lady herself! Hugs, Anita :)

maria f. said...

No kidding visual texture and depth! Amazing that it's actually monochromatic! The perfect theme and sentiment for Ms Sunshine.

Bobby said...

That's a whole lot of sunshine, Loll, and perfect for our lovely Darnell. The stencil over the background really does add a lot of dimension.