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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Springtime Flowers on Kraft (posted by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have a couple of cards to show you today using the Spring Birds multi-buy stamp set. These stamps are so versatile and you can use them to make cards suitable for occasions across the year, which hopefully my first card will demonstrate.

I hand cut a circle from the front of a kraft card blank, by drawing around a circular die with a pencil as a guide. I then stamped the small motif using Versamark and white embossing powder around the edge. TIP: I stamped the four main points,  top, bottom, left and right, as if I was making a clock, to start. Then I filled the rest of the spaces in afterwards, it was much easier that way.

I stamped the flower image seven times, starting at the bottom, masking them as I went along, so that I did not stamp over the previous one. I then used a couple of sprig stamps from the Briar Rose Butterfly/Harebell Butterfly multi-buy stamp set, which I coloured with water based markers. I stamped these a couple of times, before re-inking so that some of the images are less defined, giving the impression of the images being in the background. I added a couple of butterflies, and coloured all of my images with waterbased markers and a waterbrush. Finally, I stuck the card behind the circle aperture.


My second card uses a piece of scrap card left over from another project. When I was colouring some seam binding recently, I used some watercolour paper to mop up the excess moisture from the ribbon, and the background on this card is the result. It provides a perfect match to the ribbon that I have added to the card.

I stamped the tulips onto the card, masking one set, before adding the second. I then stamped two rows of the small motif along the top and bottom of the background using black ink. I also added a sentiment from the stamp set, before matting the background onto black card. I stamped the tulip images onto spare card, and coloured them using watercolour pencils. I cut them out and added them to the card.

I stamped two rows of another small motif onto orange vellum, using Versamark and white embossing powder to create a lacy border effect. I cut this out, and attached it to my panel, before sticking the panel to a kraft card blank.

I hope that I have given you some inspiration for using these lovely stamps, particularly some of the smaller motifs, which are often overlooked on a stamp plate. They make great borders and edges for your cards. Thanks for stopping by, Judith xx


14 comments:

  1. 2 beautiful cards, wish I was so talented

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  2. I love the first card - it is simply gorgeous. The double stamping works really well. The lacy border on the second card is lovely as well

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  3. Two gorgeous cards Judith, I especially love the first one the water colouring is lovely and soft giving a very delicate effect
    Jackie x

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  4. Lovely cards, especially love your vellum lace on the second one.

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  5. Two beautiful cards Judith. The first is so soft and delicate and I love the way you have framed the circle with the motif in white, and the second is much more vibrant and springlike, and a great idea to use a piece of watercolour paper to ink you ribbon on and then use it on a card. The tulips are gorgeous and the inked vellum and ribbon finish it perfectly. x

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  6. I love the little stamps on CB theme plates so was thrilled to see you using them. The first card just brought tears to my eyes - it's such a beauty with wonderful depth in that foliage perfectly accentuated by your deeper colouring of the flowers themselves. The combination of kraft & white is one of my favourites too.
    The lacy strips against the black framing on the kraft is very striking in your second sample & I particularly like your use of the repeatedly stamped black motif as an inner border on your mopped background panel. A very unusual & striking use of kraft which would do rather well for a man.
    Paula (PEP)

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  7. Love that first card so much - great tip for stamping round the circle too, thanks.

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  8. Thanks you again for some wonderful ideas .hope they stay in my head .,

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  9. Great cards. Love your first one and how you stamped in a circle. Great tip about using small stamps for borders and edging.

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  10. I especially love the purple flower card you made. How fresh and pretty.

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  11. Two beautiful cards Judith, I have the harebell stamp and had to get it out and look at it, you have absolutely taken it to a different level, fantastic use of masking, I love the card, it's so delicate and a beautiful design x

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  12. gorgeous - these stamps are stunning xx

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  13. Beautiful contrast with the craft! And both styles look beautiful!

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  14. Two great cards with two very different styles, they both work brilliantly

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