Sunday, July 26, 2015

New card Share

Hi everyone!! Just thought I'd drop in to show a couple of cards I've made.  Received quite a few new stamps and dies over the past little bit...too many really :)
I really wanted to use the new Paper Smooches Paisley dies, they are fab!!  I also need to improve my ink blending skills, love the look and I rarely do it.  I have an incredibly heavy hand and that IS NOT what you want to have while blending!
So I started by partial die cutting the paisley images onto watercolour cardstock (I initially thought I would watercolor this piece).
I changed my mind and decided to ink blend the background instead.  I picked out four shades of Distress Ink:  
Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold and Tattered Rose

I started from the bottom of my card base with the darkest color and worked my way up to the lightest.

 Now this is where things got tedious..applying itty-bitty Glue Dots to these die cuts. I wanted some dimension and I thought this would be easier than cutting foam tape.
Now this is where things started to unravel a bit.  I put a strip of washi on the base of the die cuts (the edge was a bit ragged).  Well, I didn't really like that so I found an orange piece of patterned paper from Avery Elle's Brights collection and cut a thin strip.

Well, I didn't get the hearts entered and I didn't like that either.  So I trimmed that little section away, which created kind of a neat look....don't get too excited.

So this is how it used to look!  I liked it!!  Then I wrecked it.  I chose the "miss you" sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler.

Now I didn't want to use enamel dots or sequins.  I should have because they are removable.  So, instead I chose the Lots of Dots stamp set from Simon Says Stamp (love this set!)  I stamped the top three by the sentiment first...good.  Then thought the bottom right looked too bare.  Stamped three there as well.  Aaaand, not a fan.  Looking it at it now, I really don't mind it but at the time I just didn't like it.  

 So, I ended up adding a strip of black cardstock to the bottom and finishing it off with some stitching lines...which got very crooked!!!  So, thats the finished card.  I like it but I think I should have left well enough alone.  What do you think?

And I thought I would share the card I entered into the Simon Says Stamp current Flickr Challenge (#24)...Favorite Technique.  Did a bit of ink blending (again) and this time some Double partial die cutting.  I used the All Seasons Tree die, Stitched Squares dies and the "be" die with coordination sentiment set.

Hope you enjoyed!!
Stay Crafty!!


  1. Absolutely love the colours and I LOVE how honest you are in your post. It makes me realise I'm not the only one who is learning and messing up and fixing things. The end result is gorgeous! Xx

    1. Thanks Ruth! I tend to mess up more than anything, but that's half the fun right?! Thanks for your lovely comments!


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