Birthday with Oxide Background Stenciling

Good evening. Thanks for such a wonderful response to my post yesterday. It was such fun seeing old friends again. I'm still trying to get back in the groove, and will share some of the pictures of our trip soon. This post is a card from August, for my #2 Brother's 87th birthday. It was a tough day, and all his kids and grandkids, some neighbors & ourselves showed up for a cookout. The hard part is that SIL's birthday was 2 days after his, and usually his daughter had a party for the both of them. But we got through it; by and large - it was nice. I think it was just a bit much for him though, although he hid it well. We didn't tell him so many folks would be there, just that a couple of us would be at the cookout. (Not my idea to surprise him...I didn't think it a good idea not to be straightforward about it).

The background was made using some DI oxide inks through 2 different stencils (which I don't remember what they were, but will check if someone is interested).
The leaves were cut from a die set (thought it was Lawn Fawn**, again I'll look it up if need be). Cut from white c/s, then used versamark, copper, gold and silver embossing powders.
The sentiment was also cut from white c/s, then heat embossed with the same gold as on the leaves.
Mounted the leaves on a stitched die cut rectangle, called it done. It was one of the cards made from bits and pieces that had been done earlier. I thought it had a bit of a rustic feel to it. Planned to add a twine bow to it, but that looked too much so I didn't.**
Added some cards sent by lovely people on the Cards by Friends page...hope you have time to look at those.
Until next time, God Bless and many hugs. And thanks for looking in.
**Edit: Enlarged the picture to check it and realized I'd used a Paper Trey Cover plate, with a feather quilt design to emboss this background.

**It's Concord & 9th.. Thanks Anita for sending me the info so I didn't have to hunt through dies :-)


  1. A really pretty and delicate card Mary - love those leaf die cuts, and your metallic embossing of them. Birthdays are hard.... especially the first ones.

  2. Hi Mary, sorry if I haven't replayed to your lovely mail, but I need some time and concentration to read and write in English language and I'm so busy in these days. I will replay you as soon as possible. :)
    Your card for your Brother is just delightful, love these shining leaves and the beautiful embossing on the background. Fab design!

  3. Hi Mary, Lovely card.

    Whilst it must have been a bit overwhelming for your brother, I'm sure he was touched by seeing everyone.

    Hope you have a nice day. Sue

  4. The Oxide background is stunning Mary and those leaves look wonderful on top of your very elegant card! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Great card Mary...and so glad the cook out was a’s going to be a tough first year...all those special occasions when someone is no longer with us...missing them,and giving strength to the rest of the family.Crafting saved my life and I hope it gives you solace to see you through.Sending big hugs xxxxx

  6. Just beautiful Mary my friend! Great blending! Can't wait to see your pictures of your visit over here (I am so very disappointed I didn't get to meet you - especially as you were only a short journey from us - DH was disappointed to hear it too). Have a great day! Luv & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

  7. This is a beautiful card Mary and the Autumn colours are great and love those die cut leaves and the background goes perfectly too. I'm sure although your brother was a bit overwhelmed by the occasion he will have appreciated everyone's support. x

  8. This does have a lovely rustic and masculine feel to it, Mary. Love the colors. Take care!

  9. Hi Mary,
    oh how lovely to see you back posting after your hols.
    I do hope you had a greatime.
    I missed our little chats, and your very lovely cards.
    This card is super and a very lovely design too.
    Wonderful inking with those DOI.
    Beautiful leaves and the Happy Birthday is very luxurious looking.
    So glad the celebration went well.
    It can make it a little better next year I'm sure as time does some healing.
    Love and big crafty hugs from my house to yours. Jenny L.

  10. Beautiful card Mary love the die-cut feathers and stencilled background
    Carol x

  11. What a gorgeous background, Mary and I just love those dies which are now on my wish list. Love the design of this as well as the classy framing. This card is so perfect for anyone!

  12. This is such a lovely card Mary, I love the colour pallet and the beautiful die shapes and just perfect for a man, Kate x

  13. A super card Mary, such a fabulous background.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  14. Beautiful card Momma Mary, love the fall colors and those pretty open leaves. Your background turned out great and I especially love the cover plate texture. I know that cookout was a hard one especially on your brother, but he got through it and that was good. Still nothing is easy is it?! Sending love and hugs as well as prayers, Brenda

  15. Sensational! Love the background and all the gold. Great card Mary!

  16. Beautiful card, Mary, the background is really lovely and I love the simplicity of the leaf die you've chosen to use.

    I'm sure your brother appreciated you all being there to celebrate his birthday, even though it was tinged with sadness. xx

  17. Lovely inked and embossed background to show off the beautiful die cut leaves.
    Jean x

  18. This is a perfect masculine card, Mary! I'm sure Bill appreciated it and all the love that was shown him on his birthday. I hope that life will get easier day by day.

  19. Your card is gorgeous, Mary. That background is amazing. I don't have any oxide inks and probably won't get any soon. You certainly use yours beautifully.

  20. I see the distress ink bug has bitten you like the rest of us:) Beautiful background with those graceful ferns and leaf, and the golden sentiment looks fantastic too!

  21. I love your background Mary. As I love the new Oxide inks they are so different, love playing with them. Hugs Veerle xxx

  22. Stunning card, I am sure your brother appreciate the support even if it was overwhelming. He is lucky to have such a loving family.

  23. You created such a beautiful background on this card and I love the different metallic colors of the leaves!
    It's good that your brother has so much support from family and friends!

  24. Those metallic, shimmery leaves are gorgeous against the DOX background, Mary ... in case someone else hasn't mentioned it, they're from Concord & 9th ... and are some of my favourites! Hugs, Anita :)

  25. I'm sure your brother appreciated the cookout and hopefully helped him through the grieving. It will be hard with the holidays coming up but he has such a wonderful family to help him. You and hubby are so good to him. This is a great card with a lovely background. The leaves are so pretty and just shine.

  26. Lovely card to celebrate your brother's birthday, Mary. I'm sure it was a tough day for everyone. So many first that have to be gone through. I'm sure your card made him feel special. xx

  27. Lovely card Mary. I like the subdued colours under the die cut leaves.