I’ve neglected this blog for far too long; I still make cards sometimes, and enjoy it when I do, but dressmaking has become my main hobby and I don’t have time for both so the blogging takes a back seat to the creating.
Anyway, without further ado this card for my nephew’s wife was inspired by a Christmas gift from my crafty friend Vicky, which was the lovely set of stamps by Crafters Companion which comes with matching dies. This card wasn’t planned, I just went with whatever I fancied doing. The background was inked with Distress Inks in Broken China and Tumbled Glass, so the stamps were also inked with Broken China. As they’re new and I was using Distress Inks, the images didn’t stamp cleanly, but I decided I liked the effect and just re-stamped where the ink was a little too patchy.
I finished off with a sentiment by Altenew, embossed with Wow! Bright White embossing powder (which really isn’t bright white at all), and some off-white sequins to match.
I loved these Altenew butterfly stamps, which I’ve inked in Versamark onto a panel of aqua cardstock and embossed in white detail embossing powder. Then I’ve coloured the butterflies in Promarkers in Cool Aqua and Duck Egg before painting over the top with Wink of Stella. I cut around the edges of the butterflies then layered the panel onto a strip of striped paper with an added strip of glitter cardstock.
A greeting embossed in white on vellum and a few sequins were all it took to finish it off. I’m entering this in the “Glitter” challenge over at CASology.
I’m way out of my comfort zone with the bright colours I’ve used for this card! The images are from the Altenew Persian Motifs set which I finally managed to get hold of last week after waiting what seemed like ages for them to come in stock over at Make the Day Special. I’ve used Zig Clean Colour watercolour pens, without diluting them, on Crafters Companion watercolour card and the layout is based on the current sketch over at Case This Sketch.
When I’d finished painting the image I was tempted to tone down the finished card by using a more neutral card but I didn’t have any that matched, so I was forced to go with the bold option of bright orange card by American Crafts as a base. I then stumbled across a free “happy” cutting file to use with my Sizzix Eclips which fitted with the sketch perfectly. A touch of Wink of Stella turned the boring black card into glittery cardstock. A stamped, embossed word from the Many Mini Messages stamp set from Clearly Besotted finished the greeting but I felt the card was still lacking something, so I added a few Doodlebug sprinkles to fill up a little bit of white space.