Art Alchemy paints, Decorative Dots, Gummiapan, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Petal Palette, Visible Image

Painty cards

More painty background cards. These were made with the paint left on the palette from the cards I shared yesterday and another project I am working on. They were made in a couple of stages and finally got finished last night. 

The backgrounds were lots of different paints all from the pink and purple colour family with a little bit of blue thrown in… especially with the extra paint from the other project. I love all the layers this created. I’d also added some stamping although kept that quite simple with some stars and the Gummiapan text stamp.  Then I had to decide what to do with them. 

The first I decided to use a new Visible Image stamp of the camera and stamped and cut that out. I used my stamp platform to ensure it stamped perfectly as it’s quite a large and detailed image. 

I decided it needed some relief to the background so added the diecut wonky circle from black cardstock and then the sentiment that I embossed and affixed using a brad. I mounted it onto black and then decided to emboss some vellum to create a textured background.

The second card I decided to add a strip of the vellum that I had cut off the first card and again used a brad to affix it. 

I decided to heat emboss the main image onto the background directly and used the beautiful leaf sprig from my new Stampin Up Palette of Petals set I got on pre order from the new spring summer catalogue. 

I also chose a sentiment from that set and heat embossed that onto a label and mounted that on black card along with the whole panel.

With all the art alchemy paints added to the backgrounds and the feature images I think these are fun modern and edgy cards but still full of sparkle and shine. 

Happy with these … And my new stash. I’m going to have lots of fun with the new stash I have recently purchased.

Happy crafting!

Catherine, Claritystamps, Embossing Folders, Gelli Plate

Three claritystamp gelli plate cards

Three more cards from the massive stash of gelli plate playtime finished off… This time I decided to use the ones I had stamped with the castle and the one I had stamped with the row of houses. Both of these are claritystamp images.

So first… a couple of birthday cards that I thought would work as masculine cards.  This first one I took Sahara Sand cardstock for the base and did a bit of stamping using the World Map stamp. I then added an overlay of vellum that I had embossed with the World embossing plate. I then kept it simple and mounted the topper in the middle with the sentiment heat embossed on the inky background. 

The next one I decided bright was best and added a strip of Lemon lime zest cardstock with a piece of dictionary book print torn across the middle. I love the contrast of the old book print against the bright card. I also added a corrugated card embellishments and some thread to finish off.

The house one I decided to add a little more colour to the image and added a pink panel underneath, some pink thread and a pink shiny heart.  I then heat embossed the sentiment from Art Journey Stamps and decided that I would also give the house a little extra definition with some glossy accents.

Love how delicate but modern this is.

So three more cards finished… I started with 24 panels and I think that’s 11 done so far! So almost half way! 

Hope you are enjoying this little series of cards I am making with the fun gelli plate watercolour backgrounds.

Happy crafting!


Badass Chick, Claritystamps, Dylusions, Gelli Plate, Happy Moments, Lacy Brocade, Oh So Lovely

Gelli plate background cards

Hello. Today and over the next few days I have a lot of cards I made using similar techniques because I made a lot of backgrounds during a crafting session with friends (and whilst tidying up afterwards too!). 

Here are the backgrounds I made using distress inks and the gelli plate. The first photo shows the cards I made that night too and three I had started off.

I love how this fun technique provides lots of different panels and they are all unique and organic in the way they come together. 

The next step was to choose some stamps to start the decorating. Some of these I didn’t do a brilliant job of stamping… either I rocked the stamp or I dropped it so created some shadow… but given I have this many panels to work with it’s not a big deal if they don’t all end up being used in the end! 

For all of them I used black versatile ink for the stamping and in some cases I masked the edges off so I could preserve the edge of the panels.

Ok so from this point on I needed to cut them all into panels…

… choose card colours for mounts…

… die cut ATCs from the mount card stock… 

… and layer them up! 

The six I am going to focus on today were all done using the Wildflowers stamps by Tim Holtz.  I love these silhouette stamps .. they are so effective and simple to use. I chose to make both birthday and thank you cards.

I started very simple. Some added gems and a heat embossed sentiment on the same colour cardstock as the mount and raised on foam tape to give dimension. I also went over the flower image with Wink of Stella to give it lovely shimmer! 

The next one I chose a crumb cake card for the base and added some patterned paper. 

I kept the embellishment simole with just a heat embossed sentiment and then used glossy accents on the flower to give it texture and dimension. 

The next card I added a embossed piece of ombre cardstock.  For the main feature I cut the panel down a tiny amount so there was less of a frame and added a black outline. I stamped the sentiment directly on the panel and added gems and wink of Stella again for the shimmery finish on the flower.

Next up I took some more of the patterned paper and added a strip to the card blank. Again I kept the panel simple with some gems and a heat embossed sentiment.

The next one I decided on a little bit of doodling and a panel of Lemon lime Twist cardstock. Again gems and wink of Stella added sparkle.

The final one I used crumb cake cardstock for the base again. The turquoise panel is the same ombre cardstock I used earlier and the sentiment is cut from a part that is slightly lighter. I heat embossed the sentiment, added gems and of course some wink of Stella to the flower again! 

So that’s 6 cards made… quite a few left to go but enjoying the challenge of turning these mini panels into something pretty and fun! 

I will share the other finished cards as I get to them over the next few days!

Happy crafting!


Embossing Folders, Mixed media products

Making up Christmas cards… Countdown to Christmas finaleĀ 

So it’s time to wrap up the Countdown to Christmas series… 

… and actually make some cards! 

I took this pile of ATCs… 

… and some card blanks and made a massive amount of cards! 

Some are mounted onto the 4×4 card blanks, some onto C6 cards and others onto 6×6 card blanks. Some got doodled borders and others an embossed mount piece of card. 

I have to say it gave me great delight going through the ones I had made and seeing them become something and then choosing each of them to write and send.  I know there were other card a I’ve also made which don’t feature here … but as per usual I made more than I needed so some will become gifts for my aunties and others will remain until next year! 

I haven’t actually finished Christmas crafting just yet either… So fear not … more inspiration to come. 

I recommend using ATCs as card toppers though if, like me, you want to create a unique piece each time. Perfect to make little works of art and then simply adhere them to a card blank at the end. 

Such a joy! 

Happy crafting! 


Decorative Dots, Stitched framelits

Happy birthday Grace… for tomorrow

Shhhhhh…. don’t tell Grace but I’m posting the card I made her early! Ha ha! 

This is a card for one of the princess’ friends who turns 12 tomorrow and is slightly flamingo obsessed! 

So i spotted this stamp in the range and bought it with her in mind…

I’d love the SU flamingo stamp layering set but didn’t have time to buy it ready for her birthday…. doh! Maybe for next year’s. 

So instead I stamped in smoky slate and added colour using the retired but still one of my favourite inks… Crisp Cantaloupe. Once it was dry I added wink of stella over the top. 

I die cut the flaming using the stitched shapes and then layered up with some crumb cake which I embossed using decorative dots folder.

The background of the powder pink cardstock I added some feathers which I heat embossed with frantage to add the glitter and white texture.  Then I added the sentiment and her name.

Inside the card I stamped the flamingo again and then coloured and added the shimmer.

And here is a close up of the front… 

Happy with how this came together and will definitely be using this fun stamp again. 

Happy crafting!