Digital stamps, Distress oxide ink, Happy Moments

Let them eat cake postcard 

The theme for September in the Facebook postcard art swap group I am part of was “Let them eat cake, or bread” or “Marie Antoinette”.  So I had to use the fabulous Marie Antoinette Octopode Factory digital stamp! 

Of course it is very unlikely that Marie Antoinette uttered the infamous phrase “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” herself… in fact no proof at all that this was attributed to her… and that was why I went with the title I did for my postcard. 

I printed her off on the linen cardstock and then coloured her using distress oxides and my waterbrush.  I then diecut a frame from another piece of the cardstock and sandwiched them together with glue. This was she looks like she it looking out of a frame. I added a little ink to the edges with a waterbrush to add some soft definition. 

Next I added a cake that I stamped and cut out from the Happy Moments stamp set. I did cut the candles off though and then added colour using the distress oxides and a waterbrush again.  Next I added the hand stamped sentiment and edged that with the same colour ink as the frame. 

I then added the topper to a piece of Berry Burst cardstock that went well with the Seedless preserve distress oxide ink I had been using.

Finally a little wink of Stella for Marie Antoinette’s crown and the cake flowers and stand to add that little bit of sparkle! 

Love it! And hopefully so will Sally-Ann, the recipient of the postcard. 

Happy crafting!


Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gorjuss, Happy Moments, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Emma Godfrey, Paperartsy Kim Dellow

Masterboard card class

Tonight some friends are popping over to mine to make some cards using a masterboard as the basis. 

Here is the masterboard I created for the basis of the samples.

I used Paperartsy fresco finish paints and a mixture of stencils and stamps.

Here are the samples … but obviously the end products may be very different due to the unique nature of creating a masterboard. 

Card one I used Kim Dellow stamps to create the flowers and added a doily to separate the bright blooms from the background. In all except one card the feature image is watercoloured using SU inks and a waterbrush.

Card two uses the finnabair stamp to add the feature stamped onto the same yellow cardstock as the mount to the panel and sentiment.

Card three I decided to jazz up the panel by die cutting a section out. I also added some shimmer ink on top of the watercoloured presents to add some additional shine.

Card four uses the cut out from card three to add interest behind the Gorjuss Girl image.

All in all a fun set of cards made with one piece of 6 x 12 cardstock for the masterboard.

Love this method of making cards.

Happy crafting!


Happy Moments, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Spectrum noir pencils

Birthday cards for the twins! Playing with my stencil brushes

Today is the birthday of two of the princess’ friends… Hannah and Matthew! Happy birthday to them both.  So I decided to make them both cards that had a similar theme… Using my new love… clarity stencil brushes.  They are fabulous to use.  Nice muted effects and are making me use those lovely stencils in different ways. 

First up… Hannah’s card…

 Using the Happy Moments stamp set from SU for the facial image, then masked it off and used Spun sugar for the base coming out from the mask.  Then added the leaf mask and used worn lipstick and milled lavender.  Finished the edge with some more milled lavender.  Really enjoying using the distress inks as they blend so nicely.  Still pref SU inks for stamping though.  Coloured the flowers on the cake with SU markers and then added a dot of stickes to the centre for a bit of bling. 

Next up is Matthew’s card…


This time I used the stencil first… Yes the clarity stencil that I love so much at the moment.  This time I used shabby shutters and cracked pistachio for the bubbles.  Then I stamped the bear and the border stamp (one of Darcy Eclectica stamps) in black Versafine.  Then I used the Spectrum Noir pencils to colour the bear and add colour to the border. I then blended a little bit of black soot around the edge of the card before sticking it to the card blank. I also added the sentiment from the happy moments set as it worked with the bear. 

Pleased with how they both came out.  Hope that the kids did too! 

Happy crafting!