Saturday, February 24, 2024

A Textural Swap Card


Once more time is moving faster than me - not hard for it to do at the moment, thanks to an ambush by a ceramic pig - it fell from a cupboard, skinned my shin and now I am sitting with my leg up... the pig survived unscathed!!  The ultimate irony. 

Today's card was for the small swap group I am in, and the challenge this month was to use three textures... I think I managed... 

I started with a piece of card that I had stamped off a back ground text stamp, then smooshed in 'overspray' of mica powders and paints on my work surface... 
(the faint stamping has not shown in the photos, but it is there :)

I used an old NBUS stencil to stencil the butterflies with gold paint mixed with iridescent medium, but it was not satisfactory at all,  I then sprinkled over sparkly gold embossing powder and heated it - which made the butterflies bubble and puff up - a bonus texture

The flower started as a snippet of white copy paper, brushed with red, orange and yellow inks, die cut and pleated before being drawn up into the flower head.  I used a button for the centre of the flower. The stem was some green cord, with a flat green ribbon twisted around it - the leaves were trimmed out of a snippet of green card

The sentiment was silver embossed onto a snippet of metallic blue card, torn down one edge, then mounted over burlap (ribbon), trimmed to fit.

The final detail was the torn corrugated card with some lace layered over it across the base of the featured panel - the panel was then mounted over a deep green base

The inside was stencilled with the same butterfly stencil using the residual green ink on my 'green' brush.

The envelope was stamped with an old wood mounted stamp, using a kaleidoscope ink pad.
I padded the card front with bubble wrap cut to fit around the flower - I just hope it arrived without being too squashed!

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Snippets used were copy paper (flower), blue sentiment panel and green leaves

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Romance is in the air - still


Thank you for visiting - I am very quiet at the moment as there is a lot going on behind the scenes here, and creativity is somewhat lacking... 

This is my card for the mid-month reminder for We Love Stamping where the theme this month is Romance, and what is more romantic than a newly engaged couple?

I had fun colouring this couple using my Polychromo pencils, and was pleased with the result.
I love her giant 'diamond' on her paw :) (This is one of my very early stamps, think over 20 yrs)

The sentiment is a positively ancient one, that was very cheap - one of my first stamp purchases, and here I have gold embossed it

After colouring I masked off the bears and stamped the hearts (an equally old stamp) with Versa mark ink, the brushed pink perfect pearls over them

A dab of Glossy Accents on their noses for a wee bit of shine - can't let the ring take all the glory

A stipe of gold tape down the inside, to match the gold layering behind the feature panel

And a matching gold stripe on the envelope.

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Sunday, February 4, 2024



The theme this month at We Love Stamping is Romance (there is also an Anything Goes option)

I don't have many heart stamps - three in total, and a few with a heart included, one of the later features on my card today.

I started with a square card - one of a handful and blanks and envelopes I found when unpacking, which worked in my favour when it came to stamping, as I could simply rotate the card to stamp the rose image, and thus form a circle.  I used Memento London Fog ink, and a rose stamp from Stamp Simply

The central image I stamped and embossed, and coloured the central heart with some red paint.
This is a very old stamp (over 20 years) and still one I enjoy using

The inside was simply decorated using some red striped Washi tap