'Inky Fingers' was the only title I could use for this post, as that was well and
truly what I had at the end of the making of this card. However, I seem to be
overcoming my aversion to having messy fingers and hands, as I loved
getting 'down and dirty', and can't wait to repeat the fun. Before I began
'playing', every single element was stark white, including the card base.
I created puddles of various D.I.s, dragged my cardstock through them several
times, drying with a heat tool each time. Then from a height, I sprayed with
Picket Fence distress stain. When that was dry I sprayed with a little
Pearlescent Liquid Acylic diluted with water, creating a stunning
shimmery effect, which unfortunately barely shows in the photos.
When the base was completely dry, I softly stencilled swirls all over, using
portions of butterfly wings on a 12x12 stencil, then sponged around the
The flowers are made using EK Success punches and D.I.s, and the
seam binding was stained with several D.I.s.
The bird in flight (as with the little birdhouse) was embossed with Chunky
Blue Frantage, and a tiny sprinkling of lavender Opals. The stamped bird
and sentiment are from a set of clear stamps I have had for about 5 or 6
years, and never used. I found them (along with quite a few other sets, and
many other items) when I moved my craft room from the old stable to the
house. Shame on me! The good thing is though, it's like having new stash.
At this stage I have not decorated the inside of my card, as per usual, but
if I decide to do so, I will edit this post.
Challenges I would like to enter:-
Artistic Inspirations #128 - 'Anything Goes With A Twist of Flowers'
Craft For The Craic - 'Bingo' (flowers, ribbon, die-cuts)
Creative Card Crew #84 - 'Handmade Flowers'
Frilly and Funky - 'Put A Ribbon On It'
Fussy and Fancy #135 - 'Girly'
Inspiration Journal - 'Spring Blooms'
Mixed Media World #1 - 'Anything Goes'
That Craft Place - 'Easter/Spring'
The Crafter's Cafe #109 - 'Spring Flowers'
The Shabby Tea Room #248 - 'Beautiful Blooms' (photo inspiration)
Dies - Spellbinders Grand Classical Lace Border; Memory Box Woodland Branch; Sweet Stamps Elegant Leaves; Couture Creations Baby Dove; Marianne LR025, LR0106, LR0107Stamps - Inkadinkadoo
Punches - EK Success Retro Flowers Medium and Large
Stencil - Crafter's Workshop Butterflies
Frantage - Stampendous Shabby Blue
Opals - Lavender
Inks and Stains - Versamark; Brilliance Archival Pearlescent Lavender, and Jade; Adirondack Denim; Daler Rowney Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic; Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain Picket Fence; Tim Holtz Distress Inks Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Bundled Sage, Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Tumbled Glass
Seam Binding and Stamens are from my
Me thinks I had better go and attend to boring tasks like housework, so thank you for visiting. I have some very exciting news to tell you soon, but at this stage I have to 'zip my lips', so in the meantime, I wish you "Happy Crafting".
******I would like to mention too that at Winter Wonderland we have a DT Call. We are looking for 2 new teamies who are enthusiastic about making Christmas cards. For full details, pop over to our challenge blog, and if you are interested in joining us you have until 10th April to apply.