Saturday, 28 September 2013

Emboss Resist Snowflake Circle Card - 52 {C}CT Sept Technique Challenge

September seems to have flown by, I can't believe it's time for my last September challenge at 52 {C}CT!  In the 4th week of the month we have a technique or embellishment challenge for you and I've selected one of my fave techniques for you - Emboss Resist!  This technique is when you ink a stamp with VersaMark or clear embossing ink, heat emboss the image with embossing powder, add colour by sponging inks over the image and buff the piece with kitchen towel.  The heat embossed image will resist the ink and pop out from the coloured background.  An "ooooooh" moment guaranteed!

I thought the large snowflake from the SU! Festive Flurry set would be perfect to use with this technique - and I was not disappointed, I definitely had a good "ooooooh" moment!  I inked the stamp with VersaMark and heat embossed the image with white embossing powder.  I then got very inky fingers by applying Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks over the image.  I'd stamped and sponged onto really thick white CS which caused a problem when I came to cut out the circle with my Circle Scissor tool.  I didn't quite get a clean cut because of the thick CS so I used my edge distresser tool to roughen up the edges of the circle.  I layered onto Midnight Muse and Bermuda Bay circular mats before gluing those to a 5 3/4" Pool Party circle shaped card.   I added a Midnight Muse ribbon bow to the top of the snowflake and added a Midnight Muse punched 1" circle to the snowflake centre.  A gorgeous SU! Frosted Finishes embellishment placed on the Midnight Muse circle completed the card front.

I stamped a sentiment inside with Bermuda Bay ink.  This elegant snowflake adorned sentiment is perfect for a snowflake themed card!

Here's the envelope flap with a stamped and die cut snowflake.  Bermuda Bay and Midnight Muse are fabulous together!

The shaped card plus the use of the Frosted Finishes embellishment can only mean one thing - this card goes into the "special Christmas cards" stash box!  

I've loved being the September 52 {C}CT challenge hostess and seeing all the wonderful entries!  I hope you'll join us at 52 {C}CT this week, you know you want to experience an "ooooohhh" moment yourselves LOL!

Stamps: SU! 'Festive Flurry' set, Stampendous 'Snow Brackets' cling stamp
CS: IndigoBlu white Perfect Stamping Card, SU! Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Midnight Muse & Whisper White
Ink: VersaMark, Ranger Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Evergreen Bough & Peacock Feathers Distress Inks, SU! Bermuda Bay & Midnight Muse
Tools: EK Success Circle Scissor Pro tool, SU! Festive Flurry Framelits die, 1" circle punch, Tim Holtz edge distresser tool, ink applicator tools & foam sponges, heat tool
Embellishments & accessories: SU! white embossing powder, Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon, Frosted Finishes embellishment

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Wild Flowers Thanks So Much Card

My friend Angela bought a new IndigoBlu cling rubber stamp and asked me about trimming it.  As I have a pair of craft scissors that I only use for trimming rubber I offered to trim the stamp for her.  Angela lives just up the road from me so I said I'd pop back with the stamp when I'd trimmed it but she told me to use the stamp first before bringing it back.  An offer I couldn't refuse!

I inked the image with VersaMark, stamped onto watercolour paper and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I used inks and a water brush to colour in the poppies.  I made a 5 1/4" square Real Red card base, added the image and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment underneath.  I added two jewels to the sentiment to complete the card front.  I kept the design very simple but I think the red, black and white colour combo adds a touch of drama.

I used a mixture of silhouette stamps from a Hobby Art clear set to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope.

Stamps:  IndigoBlu 'Wild Flowers' cling stamp, Hero Arts 'Thank You Messages' clear set, Hobby Art 'Anna's Collection, Just For You' clear set
CS: SU! Real Red & Whisper White, watercolour paper
Ink: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Real Red
Tools: water brush, circle punches, heat tool
Embellishments & accessories:  SU! black embossing powder, Rhinestone Jewels

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Flower Thinking Of You Circular Card - Inkspirational Sept Sketch Challenge (#39)

This week at Inkspirational we have a wonderful sketch for you to work with.


I'm very partial to shaped cards so as soon as I saw the layout I knew I'd have to make a circular card!  I cut two Crumb Cake 5 3/4" circles as a card base, cut a white 5 3/4" circle as a liner for inside, cut a 5" circle of pretty patterned paper and a 5 3/8" Rich Razzleberry mat circle.  I took my colours from the patterned paper and I thought it would be fun to use the flower from the SU! Flower Shop set that has different patterned petals and to make each petal a different colour.  I got out my Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar, Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry markers and inked and stamped a flower - but I really wasn't happy with the end result.  So I stamped 5 flowers using ink pads, one each in the colours I'd chosen.  I punched them out, snipped between the petals and assembled my multicoloured flower by gluing my snipped petals over the top of a punched out flower!  

I love the dotty leaved flower stem from the retired SU! Sweetheart set and I thought it would be perfect for my flower.  Hmmm, the white oval wasn't quite wide enough for me to get the whole image on so I deliberately stamped the stem off centre to get a partial image.  I added a Rich Razzleberry button to the flower centre and popped the flower up.  I stamped and adhered the sentiment strip and popped up the Rich Razzleberry oval.  As a finishing touch to the card front I added a few gems to the sentiment.

The good thing about stamping those five flowers earlier was that I had plenty of coloured petals to assemble more multicoloured flowers!  I added a stem and flower inside the card.

The envelope flap got a flower too!  I sent this card to my friend Jean from card group who had a nasty fall and broke her hip - ouch!  I hope the card at least brightened her day a little bit!

I hope you'll join in with our Inkspirational sketch challenge this week, I'd love to come and see your creations!

I've always enjoyed designing for the challenges, but sadly, that's my last DT card for Inkspirational as I'm stepping down from the design team.  I've taken on more commitments lately and that, as well as recent changes on the personal front, mean I have less crafty time to spare and something had to give!  I'm hoping I can get to take part in the challenges as a player every now and then so I hope to see you there!  

Stamps:  SU! 'Flower Shop', 'Sweetheart' & 'Sassy Salutations' sets
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party & Whisper White

Patterned paper:  Basic Grey Knee Highs 'Cat's Cradle'
Ink: SU! Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar, Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: EK Success Circle Scissor Pro tool, Petite Oval Nestabilities dies, SU! 'Pansy' punch
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Rich Razzleberry button, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals

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Monday, 23 September 2013

Play With Clay - Flowering Flourishes Thanks Card

This card came about because of me playing with my new SU! Simply Pressed Clay and moulds.  I wasn't too keen on the idea of clay at first but after seeing a few projects online and watching a few YouTube videos I thought I'd give the clay a try.  I'm so impressed how easy it is to work with, just pop the clay in the moulds, take the shapes out and leave them to air dry - simple!

I first experimented with colouring white clay shapes by using ink from a refill bottle and a waterbrush and I also tried colouring a shape with a marker.  I wasn't too happy about how those turned out so I then tried mixing drops of re-inker with the white clay and kneading before putting it into the moulds.  I like the uniform colouring of this method much better.  I have great success getting the flower shapes out if I place the mould in the freezer for a while (about 15 minutes).  I did the same thing with the buttons but I didn't manage to get them out in 100% perfect condition - more experimenting required there!

I think kneading ink into the clay using paler inks works better - I used Pool Party ink for my buttons.  For my flowers I thought I'd go to the other extreme and I opted for a dark ink - Cherry Cobbler.  I kept adding drops of the Cherry Cobbler ink but you can't get a really deep shade this way, the addition of the ink makes the clay very sticky and then it's harder to work with.  For darker inks colouring the clay using a different method would be best.

My flowers came out a shade close to Primrose Petals so I made my card base with that colour CS.  I wanted a shaped card using a Labels Framelit die but I know the largest die shape won't fit inside a C6 envelope.  So I cut two of the largest label shapes and cut the bottom off which ensures the card will stand up and will also fit inside an envelope.  I stamped the French Script background stamp onto the Very Vanilla CS piece with stamped off once Crumb Cake ink, stamped the largest flourish from the Flowering Flourishes set over the top in Old Olive ink and inked the edges with Crumb Cake ink.  I popped the panel up onto the Old Olive panel and glued on the flowers.  I added the stamped and punched sentiment oval and sprinkled on a few rhinestone jewels.

Here's a closer view of the flowers.

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I enjoyed playing even though I looked like I'd committed mass murder with the amount of deep red ink staining I had on my fingers LOL! 

Stamps:  SU! 'Flowering Flourishes' & 'Simply Sketched' sets, 'French Script' background stamp
CS: SU! Primrose Petals, Old Olive & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Primrose Petals & Old Olive
Tools: SU! Labels Collection Framelits dies, SU! Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Moulds, SU! circle & oval punches, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Simply Pressed Clay, Rhinestone Jewels & Dimensionals

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Flaked Tree Merry Christmas Card - 52 {C}CT Sept Theme Challenge

In the 3rd week of the month we have a theme or recipe challenge at 52 {C}CT.  As the hostess for September I chose a Christmas Tree theme for you to work with.  Isn't the tree in the picture lovely, all bedecked and twinkling with lights?!   Instead of a traditional decorated tree I've opted for a stylised tree for my card. 


I don't recommend mixing alcohol and crafting but I have to tell you that Gin and Tonic played a part in the making of this card!  No, I wasn't knocking back the hard stuff,  I've used IndigoBlu Gin and Tonic gilding flakes on the tree!  I love using gilding flakes with this particular tree stamp but the last time I did it I rather overdid things and the card got far too fussy and busy for my liking.  So having learned my lesson I kept to a simple colour combo and design this time so the flaked tree can shine!

The Old Olive card base measures 5 3/4" square.  I embossed a panel of white CS with my Acanthus folder (my current fave folder!), added the strip of sparkly silver ribbon and popped the white panel up.  I've also popped up the tree panel and sentiment oval.  To complete the card front I added some die cut holly.

Here's the inside and the envelope with a stamped sentiment and more die cut holly.

Check out what the rest of the DT members created and then please play along with our Christmas Tree theme challenge at 52 {C}CT this week, I'd love to pop by your blogs to see the fab Christmas cards you make!

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Branch & Flourish Tree', SU! 'Season of Joy' set, Penny Black 'Joyous Season'
CS: SU! Old Olive & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Old Olive
Tools: Cuttlebug Acanthus embossing folder, Memory Box 'Holly Vine' die, Petite Oval Nestabilities dies
Embellishments & accessories:  IndigoBlu Gin & Tonic gilding flakes, FlitterGlu, Phat Foam & Scoochy, silver ribbon from stash, 3D foam tape

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Dangly Snowflake Tent Card

Angela and Janet came over for another card making afternoon to create a dangly snowflake tent card.  I absolutely loved this dangly snowflake card made by LeeAnn Greff when I came across it.  I pinned it to Pinterest immediately and knew I'd have to make my own version!  I do love LeeAnn's crisp white and Midnight Muse card but I also love the Winter Frost suite colours and products - it's all SO pretty - so my card uses some of those colours!  Happily, Angela and Janet enjoyed using these goodies to make their cards too - they must have had a good time, they've booked another afternoon with me!

I went to a craft day on Saturday with my friend Wendy, it was a fabulous day and I met some lovely crafty ladies.  It ran from 10 'til 4 and we all took whatever crafty bits we wanted to work on.  I worked on a batch of poinsettia gift tags but when I got tired of those I started a couple more of these tent cards.  When they're all completed I'll be sharing them soon!

The A6 sized card base was made with Pool Party CS - I cut a piece of A4 CS in half on the long side, took one piece and scored and folded it in half to form the card base.  I used circle Nestabilities dies to cut the aperture and frame.  I adhered patterned paper to the back and stamped and die cut three snowflakes.  I sandwiched some silver ribbon between the two larger die cut snowflakes with Dimensionals.  I popped up the smaller snowflake and then taped the ribbon inside at the top so that the snowflake dangles freely within the aperture.  I added the sentiment strip before attaching the back panel but I added the ribbon bow, Frosted Finishes embellishment and the rhinestones at the very end. 

Here's a side view showing the scored and folded bottom piece attached to the tent. To make a W shaped bottom piece for a tent card I cut a piece of CS the width of my card x 3 1/2" and then score at 1/2", 1 3/4" and 3".  I then glue the W shaped piece inside.  To be honest, you don't have to include a W shaped bottom piece on a dangly element card - it's just that I prefer to add one.  It's so disappointing when top fold cards collapse while on display and adding the W shaped piece makes sure the card stands up properly.

Here's a closer view of the aperture and dangly snowflake.  I used a double length of silver ribbon to tie a bow and I attached the bow separately with a glue dot.

Here's the back of the card with a sentiment, punched snowflakes and some of the same patterned paper that is behind the aperture.  It just ties everything together nicely I think!  I stamped an Island Indigo snowflake, die cut that and glued it to the envelope flap.  I then stamped a Bermuda Bay snowflake, fussy cut just the centre part, glued it over the top and added a rhinestone jewel.

Stamps: SU! 'Festive Flurry', 'Greetings of the Season' & 'Joyful Christmas' sets
CS: SU! Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo & Whisper White

Patterned paper:  SU! 'Winter Frost' DSP
Ink: SU! Bermuda Bay & Island Indigo
Tools: SU! Festive Flurry snowflake dies, circle Nestabilities dies, SU! Simply Scored, X Cut snowflake punches
Embellishments & accessories: SU! 1/8" silver ribbon, Frosted Finishes embellishment, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Rosette Only One You Card - Inkspirational Sept CASE Challenge (#38)

This week at Inkspirational we have a CASE challenge - we'd like you to CASE this fab card made by DT member Shauna.


The elements I've taken from Shauna's design are the black, white and grey colours, the fancy circle and the mix of patterns - although I haven't been as daring as Shauna on that front!  I've used three different patterned papers but been very conservative - I can never seem to mix patterns that successfully so I played safe!

I die cut the fancy black circle and die cut a circle of grey damask paper to go behind it.  I glued patterned paper strips to the bottom of the 5 1/4" card base and stamped the sentiment.  I made a rosette from black and white patterned paper and placed that in the centre of the circle.  I had a good rootle in my stash to find something to place in the centre of the rosette and I came across some metal flowers that I've had for years!  I added a metal flower and blinged it up with some grey gems.    I added a couple of the gems to the sentiment too.

Some striped and damask paper decorates the inside and the envelope front.

I hope you'll play along with our Inkspirational CASE challenge this week, it's always SO interesting to see how people interpret designs differently!

Stamps: SU! 'Vintage Verses' set
CS: PaperMania white square card blank, SU! Basic Black

Patterned paper: SU! Night & Day DSP, Echo Park Style Essentials 'Grey Damask', Doodlebug Beetle Black striped
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Sizzix fancy circle die from 'For the Record 2, Documented' Thinlits die set, Ranger Tim Holtz 'Paper Rosette' Decorative Strips die, Sizzix circle #2 die, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: metal flower from stash, PaperMania monochrome gems, glue dots

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Glittered Christmas Tree Card - HOC Sept Colour Challenge - Classic & Elegant Style

At House of Cards we're still working with this colour palette but this week the challenge is for CLASSIC & ELEGANT style cards.

vintage hues 

I decided to make a Christmas card and took the opportunity of using a set of stamps I'd borrowed from my kind and generous friend Lesley!  I spent an afternoon card making with Lesley in her craft room a few weeks ago and as a result I got to see lots of crafty items she owns.  As soon as I saw the stamps I loved them and asked if I could have them on loan.   I love going to Lesley's - an afternoon chatting and crafting, I can borrow crafty goodies and she provides a scrummy lunch!  

I stamped the tree in Elegant Eggplant ink on a white panel, applied a piece of double sided adhesive sheet over the top, peeled off the backing sheet and covered the entire panel with ultrafine glitter - it's VERY sparkly!  I made a Wisteria Wonder 5 3/4" card base and then did all the layering and matting.  I added a couple of die cut decorative corners and sprinkled on some deep purple crystals.

Here's a closer look at that sparkly goodness!

I love the ornaments in the stamp set and had to use those somewhere!  This pic shows the inside of the card and the front of the envelope.  As I didn't put a sentiment on the card front I thought I'd have a big'un inside!  It's still elegant though!

I also had to use this 'wonderful' sentiment and I couldn't resist hanging a gorgeous ornament from it on the envelope flap!

You can't blame me...

...see?  Gorgeous!

So now you've seen what I got up to, it's over to you to get creating your own CLASSIC & ELEGANT style cards using the challenge colour palette.  Visit the HOC challenge blog, see what the other Classic & Elegant DT members made and then link up your card!  Everyone is welcome at our House!

Stamps: PaperMania Home for Christmas 'Baubles' cling set, Woodware 'Wishing You' clear stamp
CS: SU! Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Gray & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Elegant Eggplant

Tools: decorative corner die from Cuttlebug 'Vintage' set, Perfect Layers, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Dazzling Diamonds ultrafine glitter, deep purple crystals, double sided adhesive sheet

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Snowflake Merry Christmas Card - 52 {C}CT Sept Colour Challenge

It's time for the September colour challenge at 52 {C}CT this week.  I'm the challenge hostess for September and I've chosen one of my favourite combos for Christmas cards - red, white and kraft.


I have a fab circle of crafting friends and I feel very fortunate that we're all willing to loan each other crafty goodies.  My friend Angela and I swapped a few bits and pieces and I'm thrilled that I got to play with the fancy Sizzix circle die.  Having used it quite a few times I loved it and knew I was going to have a hard time giving it back - so I've got my own now!  I started by die cutting the fancy circle from Real Red CS and I built the card from there.

The Crumb Cake card base measures 5 1/4" square.  I am loving the new SU! Festive Flurry stamps and dies and I love the way the snowflakes look on the fancy die cut circle!  I stamped the second largest snowflake from the set onto Crumb Cake CS, heat embossed with white powder and die cut the snowflake.  I stamped a smaller snowflake from the set in Real Red ink on white CS, cut just the centre piece out and popped it up over the Crumb Cake shape.  I added a strip of self adhesive white lace trim and tied red gingham ribbon in a bow next to the lace.  Next I stamped the sentiment and added the fancy red circle to the card front.  I popped the red circle and the Crumb Cake snowflake up.  I added rhinestone jewels so the card has some seasonal sparkle.

I cut a white panel for inside the card and layered a stamped sentiment over the top of a stamped snowflake - I do love the look of layered stamping!  I inked the snowflake with Crumb Cake ink and stamped off on scrap paper once before stamping on the inside panel.  I added a strip of stamped gingham to the bottom of the panel and thought that was it - maybe!  I held the card at arms length and wondered what red dots added to the snowflake points would look like.  I punched tiny dots and laid them in place and I liked how they looked so I glued them down.  I liked the red dots so much I ended up adding some to the Crumb Cake snowflake on the card front!

Having now definitely finished the card I started decorating the envelope.  As I'd loved the lace and gingham combo on the card front I decided to echo that on the envelope front.  I stamped the Viola's Lace direct to the envelope but stamped the gingham onto a strip of CS, trimmed it and glued it next to the lace image.  I stamped and layered a snowflake which I popped up over a Crumb Cake 2" punched circle.  All done and I was happy how it all turned out!

Please check out the cards the other DT members have made - including our guest DT member Margaret M!  I hope you'll join in with our 52 {C}CT colour combo challenge this week, I'm looking forward to seeing your red, white and kraft festive cards!

Stamps:  SU! 'Festive Flurry' set,  Stampendous 'Christmas Wishes' clear set,  Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set, SU! 'Gingham' & 'Viola's Lace' wheel stamps
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Real Red & Whisper White
Ink: VersaMark, SU! Crumb Cake & Real Red
Tools:  SU! 'Festive Flurry' Framelits dies, fancy circle from Sizzix  'For the Record 2, Documented' Thinlits die set, Woodware 2" circle punch, 1/8" handheld circle punch, heat tool
Embellishments & accessories: Woodware self adhesive white lace trim, SU! white embossing powder, red & white gingham ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels & Dimensionals

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Upsy Daisy Thinking Of You Hybrid Card

My Digital Studio (MDS) is digital crafting software from Stampin' Up!  I didn't think I would be excited about MDS as I don't scrapbook, don't use many digi images and am a confirmed rubber and ink stamper.  However, SU! give you the opportunity to try MDS free for 30 days so I thought I may as well download the free trial software, have a play and see what I thought.  It wasn't very long at all before I downloaded the full version so that tells you what I thought - I LOVE it!  It's easy to use, very intuitive so you're up and running in no time and it's so much fun!  I'll mainly be using MDS in conjunction with my ink and rubber to create hybrid cards, I know I won't be a total convert to digital!

So after downloading the software and having a play I decided to see what content was available for purchase.  The software comes packed with loads of stuff anyway but I wanted to see what else was available as brush stamps.  Oh my giddy aunt, SO many to select from - but as soon as I saw the Upsy Daisy set I knew I'd have to get that.  I've always loved the silhouette image in the Upsy Daisy set but SU! didn't sell the set here in the UK and I didn't ever find it on eBay at a price I was happy to pay.  I was SO happy to pay just £1.50 to get the digital version of the set!  I don't want to go mad buying lots of digital downloads but I did also buy the Bunch of Background digital stamp set.  So I set about using my new digital purchases straight away to make this card - instant gratification, no waiting for a delivery to arrive!

I started off by making the daisies silhouette larger and coloured it Early Espresso.  I then added the Sanded background stamp over the top in Crumb Cake ink but I reduced the opacity to make it paler.  Oooh, that sounds technical - all I did was move a slider button - easy!  I added a sentiment that was included in the software package, resized it and coloured it Baked Brown Sugar.  I printed my digital panel off and then got inky with the real thing!  I sponged So Saffron, More Mustard and Calypso Coral inks over the panel and edged it with Baked Brown Sugar ink.  I layered the panel onto an Early Espresso mat, added some hemp cord and attached it to the front of an A6 Crumb Cake card base.  I then added a patterned paper corner and some buttons to complete the card front.

Here's a closer view so you can see the Sanded background better.  I'm chuffed to bits that I've got a collection of background stamps available to me and they're not taking up any room in my stamp drawers!  

I used patterned paper to decorate the inside and the envelope flap.

Having options is always a good thing and I'm happy to have the option of combining SU! digital goodies with my real crafty goodies!

Stamps:  SU! MDS 'Upsy Daisy' &  'Bunch of Background'  brush stamps, 'thinking of you' from SU! MDS 'Celebrate Any Day' digital designer kit
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Early Espresso & Very Vanilla

Patterned paper: SU! Spice Cake DSP
Ink:  SU! So Saffron, More Mustard, Calypso Coral & Baked Brown Sugar ink pads, Early Espresso marker
Tools: MFT Die-Namics Photo Corners die set, sponges & sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: hemp cord, buttons

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Daisies Happy Birthday Wishes Card - Inkspirational Sept Photo Challenge (#37)

We have a photo inspiration challenge for you at Inkspirational this week and here's the pretty photo we'd like you to be inspired by.


I was drawn to the Michaelmas Daisies in the photo.  I stamped several flowers onto watercolour paper and coloured them using inks and a wet paintbrush.  I embossed a panel of green Core'dinations CS with a woodgrain folder, scuffed the embossing to bring out the detail and adhered it to a side opening white A6 card base.  I added the ribbon, die cut the label shape, stamped the sentiment, punched the flowers and arranged them on the label - popping three flowers up.  I popped up the label shape and added iridescent gems to the label to finish the card front.

Here's the inside and the envelope.

I hope you'll play along with our Inkspirational photo challenge this week, I'd love to come and see what you make  based on the photo!

Stamps: SU! 'Best of Flowers'  & 'Simply Sketched' sets, Hobby Art 'Sentiments' clear set
CS: IndigoBlu white Perfect Stamping Card, Amazon Core'dinations CS, SU! Whisper White, watercolour paper
Ink: VersaFine Onxy Black, Memento Sweet Plum, SU! Crushed Curry
Tools: SU! Woodgrain embossing folder, Apothecary Accents label die, 1 1/4" scalloped circle punch, plain circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: fine sandpaper, PaperMania iridescent gems, SU! Dimensionals

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