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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Russian Dolls (by Julie)

Hello and thanks for stopping by. It's my turn to show you my creations and I have two very different cards to whet your appetite for these fantastic Babushka stamp designs.

For my first card I started off by taking some thin masking tape and applying it to the edges of the base card. I then inked up the trio of small Babushka dolls with Onyx Black Versafine and stamped them in rows within the taped area, before colouring with Polychromos pencils. I then lightly applied some Pumice Stone and Fired Brick Distress ink over the base card, before stippling Peacock Feathers Distress ink through a dotty stencil around the stamped images. If you get some of the dots on the dolls you can wipe it off with a damp cloth or baby wipe as the ink doesn't dry quickly on Polychromas pencils.
I then stamped the three main images onto water-colour card using Versafine before water-colouring with marker pens. 
Cut the dolls out, but leave a 5 mm border around each image so that faux stitching can be added and then adhere the dolls to the base card with 3D glue gel.
To finish off, remove the masking tape and then take a ruler and fine tip marker pen to add the faux stitching around the edges. 

My second card is quite a distressed, grungy take and you really do not need to be very precise with the background.
I started by cutting a black matt for my card followed by some water-colour card to go onto the black matt.
Take some Peeled Paint and Dried Marigold Distress ink direct to a large stamping block, spritz with water and then drag the water-colour card across until the whole card is coloured. Dry with a heat tool, before inking up the two church stamps with Onyx Black Versafine to stamp around the background. Colour the churches with Polychromos pencils before stippling Peacock Feather Distress ink and Antique Linen Distress Paint through a dotty stencil.
The main Babushka has been stamped onto white card, coloured with Polychromos pencils and then Tea Dye Distress ink was applied over the top. The card was cut to size, mounted onto black card-stock before adhering to the background. I have also added white hi-lights with a gel pen and dry brushed some white acrylic paint to the whole design. To finish off, add some bling by applying Crystal Stickles to some of the stencil dots.

Thank you for popping in. Please call back tomorrow for some more Design Team inspiration.

Julie x


  1. Great designs Julie xx Zoe xx

  2. Love cards Julie, your colours and designs are so inspiring, Kate x

  3. Two very different cards with these versatile stamps Julie and I like the repeat background with the stencilling on the first and the vintage feel you have given the second with the sepia inking. x

  4. They're both fab - such different results using the same set of stamps, thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Really lovely cards, I especially like the grungy one. I particularly like the combination of colours you have used as well.

  6. Your second creation is such a beauty! Love the fading-vintage colours of it!

  7. These are lovely Julie and excellent stamps for pencil colouring as your first card shows. I really love the second card with it's fabulous grungy background!

    Lesley Xx


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