Saturday, 27 February 2021

A very gothic birthday.... by Ambika Bakshi-Patton


Hello friends

Here is a project that may inspire you to try something a little bit different.
My youngest daughter, and my step daughter have reached their "Goth" phase, which is fantastic since I never really grew out of mine!
I had a lot of fun making an easel card that the more conservative side of my family would be appalled at! After all, what is the point of being a Goth if you cant shock the "Normies"!

I decided to rearrange the gravestones by trimming the frame and re-glueing the smaller tombstone on the opposite side.
I used a circle mask to create a basic blended ink night sky for the left tombstone. I used self-adhesive rhinestones on the coffin to add extra detail, then painted all the chipboard pieces with black gesso, ocassionally stippling for extra texture.
I coloured the chipboard pieces with green and bronze rubbing wax, and used silver to highlight the finer details.

I created the background with blue card and black gllitter past and a stencil. I coloured some paper flowers red and purple, and used some broken jewellery and black polymer clay roses to bulk out the focal point which I die cut and embossed. 

The grey frame was made of card covered in crackle paste and painted over with a thin black wash. The background is some design paper from my stash.
For the wood efffect on the cofffin and the inside of the card I used 3D embossing folders.
I deided to make a birthday card as one of my baby Goths had a birthday coming up, but I could just as easily have made this into a slightly macabre get well soon card!
I hope you like this, and are inspired to create something unconventional of your own!

Calico Craft Parts Used 


  1. So cool! Great use of the multi frame! Thanks for sharing your awesome make with us!

    Claudia xxx