This card uses two of my current favorite techniques: color sprays for quick backgrounds, and UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) applied without using ink . . .
I love using sprays because they always turn out beautifully and you never know exactly what you're going to get – which adds to the excitement!
As for UTEE, I like to take the merest pinch of the coarse powder granules and drop them at random on the cardstock. Heat from beneath to avoid scattering them. The result is subtle and very artistic. Of course, it may be so subtle that the camera won't pick it up, but in real life, trust me – it's quite lovely.
In keeping with the owl image on the card front, the message inside reads, "Older, wiser, and better in every way." Which describes my friend since junior high to perfection!
Cardstock: Bazzill Cinder, Unknown Lilac, Paper Cut Watercolor paper
Stamps: Unity Older, Wiser, Better Owl, Lost Coast “Happy Birthday”,
Simon Says Sketchy Banner Greetings “wishes for your
Inks: Stamp Zia Color Wash Jewels Amethyst, Citron, Obsidian,
Memories Soft Stone, ColorBox Frost White, Perfect Pearls
Pearl Mist, Wink of Stella Clear
Emb Powder: Judikins Detail White, Ranger Liquid Platinum, Suze
Weinberg UTEE Violet, Platinum
Dies: Impression Obsession Bare Branch , Simon Says
Doo Dads: 1/8” corner rounder, Pro Art White glitter