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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Simply Slim (by Lesley)

I'm getting a bit of a reputation for doing blue flowers - it's actually become quite a joke (and possibly one of my signature creations). So as you can imagine I couldn't resist using the Harebell Butterfly stamp set, at least the flowers are meant to be blue this time.

First fold a piece of A5 white card in half and mask off a strip 1.5" wide. TIP - use a wide masking tape as this allows you to colour without the fear of spreading the inks over the rest of your card.

Using Cut 'n Dry foam colour the whole of the strip with Adirondack Pool; then blend Adirondack Clover over the top for two thirds of the strip. Finally, blend Peacock Feathers Distress ink from the bottom to half way up the strip. Heat set to make sure the ink is dry.

Ink up the smaller of the script stamps from the Eccentric Edwardian set with Archival Aquamarine and stamp randomly all the way down the strip. Next ink up the harebell image with Memento Tuxedo Black and stamp at an angle as illustrated. Heat set again and then colour with pencils of your choice.

Using Tuxedo Black stamp the smallest butterfly from the Briar Rose Butterfly set onto a scrap of good quality white paper (I used 160gsm). Heat set, colour with pencils and cut out.

Finally, remove the msking tape and stamp the sentiment Just To Say from the Mackintosh Sentiments clear stamp set. Attach a tiny sliver of Ultra Bond 3mm Tape to the body of the butterfly and position on the card as shown.

As an alternative to creating this design as a card you could take a single piece of card measuring approximately 3" wide, make a bookmark and add a tassle or ribbon to finish.

There's a riot of colourful projects following behind me this month; to make sure you don't miss anything please call back each day.


  1. beautiful work Shirley - this looks beautiful - might pinch this idea for my class with my ladies tomorrow! Hugs rachel x

  2. Beautiful and great to see another form than the usual ones!

  3. Super pretty. Sometimes just a slim view is a lot more than a full view.

  4. This is lovely Lesley, great idea to mask off the sides like that - makes for a most interesting design.

  5. This is smashing Lesley. Your ink blending is so smooth, (you know how much I like perfect blending) and I really love the tall thin shape, so unusual. That script stamp is great for the background, it is one of my favourite "go to" stamps for the purpose. The colouring is lovely and that orange butterfly pops out as a great focal point. So nice to see your work here. Elaine x

  6. Nice to see a slim card for a change. This one is beautiful.

  7. This is lovely and this slim shape is so nice for a change. The masking and colouring of the strip is delightful and love the script in the background, and then the pretty harebell over the top and the lovely bright butterfly and pleasing sentiment font is such a lovely finishing touch too. x

  8. What a beautiful card with such perfect blending too. It's so nice to see a slim card too
    Jackie x

  9. Gorgeous card, very elegant. Coco x

  10. The single strip of colour is very interesting. Must give it a try. Beautiful card.

  11. Beautiful card Lesley. Really like the long tall card. Lovely script stamping on the background. It gives an extra dimension to the flowers.
    Flo xx

  12. Stunning! Love that long length of colour with the script stamped across it. A very beautiful and elegant creation, thank you for sharing it with us Karen P x


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