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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Mackintosh Hearts (by Shirley)

Happy Weekend everyone, I hope you are doing well.

I know I say it all the time, but the new stamp sets are gorgeous.  I have two heart designs today using stamps from Mackintosh Beauty

The background for the above card was created using Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks with an Acrylic Block.   I stamped a couple of the roses from Mackintosh Windows with the same inks.  The main heart was stamped with Cobalt Archival ink and coloured with my Prisma pencils.  'With Love' is from the new Mackintosh Sentiments.

I used a Gelli Plate print for the background below:

I used black Archival ink for all the stamping and again coloured with my Prisma Pencils.   I cut the rose out and also cut around it on black cardstock to make it pop out from the background. 'With love' is again from Mackintosh Sentiments.

I hope you can come back here often as my teammates have beautiful designs to show using the new stamp sets.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day,


  1. oh so gorgeous! love these new stamps to bits. stunning work x

  2. Gorgeous samples, love the fab

  3. Beautiful cards.

  4. Shirley, I LOVE these stamps & I LOVE your cards! Particularly the 2nd one - purple & pink, gorgeous!!
    Can you tell me how you used the Gelli plate to create the background? Did you use acrylic paints or inks? And how did you get the pattern - with a stencil?

    many thanks, Liz M x

    1. Hi Liz, I created a pile of prints in one afternoon so I can't remember all the details but I can see I used 2 colours of Acrylic paints with a stencil (the 12x12 TCW Peacock Pattern which is available from Chocolate Baroque). This print looks like the 2nd print off the plate and it looks like I used plastic food wrap scrunched up over the stencil on the paint to add extra texture. I can't 'control' the outcomes, I just play and have fun :) Shirleyx

    2. Thanks, Shirley - I realise it's all a bit "random" with the gelli plate but it's really helpful to know which stencil you've used & roughly how :-)
      I, too, love using cling film - though I use it on roughly brayered coated card which has been spritzed with water - gorgeously random prints every time.

      Loving all your inspirational samples!
      all the best, Liz M x

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  6. Your cards are lovely. I love the richness of the second one. These are really awesome stamps.

  7. These are gorgeous, loving the two different styles and gorgeous colours!

    Linda xxx

  8. Absolutely stunning! The colours are so rich and evocative of romance. I don't have these stamps yet, but feel it won't be long before I do. Two inspired cards I say.


  9. A lovely demonstration of two different ways of using the one stamp! The first is very effective because of the stamping in the Cobalt Blue & I wonder if my eyes are playing tricks or those three little pearls really are heart shaped. They certainly pick up the little dots below the 'o' of the sentiment. Your distressed edges safe so effective on the main panel with the way you have added blue ink to the edges to reflect the mat beneath.
    I had to smile with the second one for there your mats have smooth edges - the opposite of your first. Your black mat for the heart is very 'Mackintosh' too & I love the soft shading of that heart. Your two borders look super & I particularly like the way the bottom one is placed so as those two leaves just 'embrace' the tip of the heart whilst the top border hangs down into the dip of the heart!. Leaving the heart's centre white helps to really bring out the white tones in your gelli plate background - or perhaps that should be the other way around. A bit of an essay here…………
    Paula (PEP)
    PS - noticed a rather unfortunate spelling mistake so have deleted my original comment & replaced it with this!

  10. These are beautiful stamps, and two gorgeous cards. I love the cobalt blue and orangy red background of the first card with the rough edges which has been highlighted in cobalt colour ink, and that flower heart in co-ordinating colours. The pretty gems and white sheer ribbon complement it perfectly. On the second card I like the way you have left the white space in the background of the heart and mounted it on black which makes it stand out beautifully, The gelli plate background purply red is just so lush and rich, and the two flower swags look like part of the background but catch the eye with the little white centres to the flowers, again the white ribbon is a great accompaniment. Both cards use the new matching sentiments which is a nice touch.

  11. What a big difference color makes! Great cards! Inky greetings, Gerrina

  12. Beautiful! Love your Gelli plate and your inky background, thank you for sharing these beautiful creations with us, stunning! xx

  13. What beautiful cards to kick the month off !


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