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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Echoes of Italy

Hi there, my card today is using the newly released 'Echoes of Italy' themeplate. Its decidedly nippy here today so these stamps are a perfect reminder of warm sunny days. There are some gorgeous stamps on this sheet, from tranquil scenes to ornate baroque patterns and a fabulous crackle stamp that will be used again and again. Its a great time to place an order too as Glenda is offering free P&P until 27th October.


For this card, i've used one of the beautiful scenic stamps for the focal images, simply stamped onto white card (from the Essential Card Pack) with Vintage Photo Distress ink and watercoloured with the same inkpad. To create the background I tore a sheet of copier paper to make a mask for the hills and then stamps the trees from the same stamp in rows across a square of white card. I used the reverse piece of the mask to cover the trees and used Cut'n'Dry foam to add the hills again using Vintage Photo distress ink. The backing paper and focal image have been distressed again with Vintage photo and overstamped with the crackle stamp. They are both matted on some copper pearl card. The only embellishment i've added is a little copper organza ribbon overlaid with a die cut border made using Crealies 17

Thanks for visiting today, I hope my card has brought a little sunshine to a chilly day. 
Claire xx

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful card and scene Clair. The colors are fabulous and the new stamps great.
    Lobvely greet
    Marja

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  2. A stunning card with a lovely vintage feel to it Claire. I love it!!! I've just been looking at the new stamps on the website, they are gorgeous and of course I will have to have them. Can't wait to see what the rest of the design team come up with.

    Sue x

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  3. lovely card - these stamps are definitely on my want (need) list

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  4. I love this colouring technique. I sat & just drank in the creation of your background - that crackle stamp is going to be so versatile. I love how you have kept the vintage feel of that scene with both the monochromatic colouring & the crackle detail overstamping.
    Paula (PEP)

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  5. Amazing how you make the hills, beautiful card and scene of italy.Love the warm coloring.
    Lieve groetjes Anja

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  6. Oh wow this is a stunning card with fab stamping.

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  7. This is beautiful and what gorgeous stamps - wish list is growing again!!

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  8. That is so beautiful, these new stamps are now another must-have.

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