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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

When you need to be quick (by Lesley)

There are times when we want to give a hand made card but time is of the essence and when you are up against the clock is usually when your mojo has gone into hiding! Know that feeling? Me too, I knew that I was scheduled for today's blog post however we were spending a wonderful Easter break with Glenda and Adrian; time was running out.

  • Stamp the Ladys Slipper Orchid with Vintage Photo Distress ink onto smooth white cardstock.
  • Using a fine detail waterbush start brushing the colour from the inked outline of the orchid head. 
  • Work through the whole flower and, if necessary use a heat gun to ensure the image is dry. 
  • Cut around the lace edge and mount onto contrasting card with 3d foam.
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Amazing Birthday clear set with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.
  • Fold an A4 piece of cream cardstock in half and trim to size. Add the ribbon and attach the topper with double sided adhesive tape.
TIP:  Use a very light touch and a semi dry water brush with this technique (keep a piece of kitchen towel to hand so that you can take off excess water from the brush). By not flooding the image with water you can be more precise in the colouring and shading. Also, start with the head of the flower and work your way down to avoid smudging the leaves.

So the next time you're in a hurry why not give it a try.

Thank you for dropping by today and don't forget you can see new artwork every day created by the wonderful design team.


  1. Gorgeous Lesley, does not look like a quick card.

    Sue xx

  2. This is lovely and it certainly doesn't look like a quick card
    Jackie x

  3. Love your card. This stamped image is beautiful.Its on my wish list!

  4. The Distress Ink watercolouring technique is a favourite of mind & using Vintage Photo allows for such a lovely range of hues. I particularly like the way your ribbon catches the golden colours of the flower's head. The white background of the focal image really allows the stamped image to take centre stage whilst the russet mat & cream card base add to the elegant vintage feel of the whole design.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. How pretty Lesley and love that dark orangy red in the background which goes perfectly with the ribbon and the vintage photo colour you have used on the Orchid. x

  6. so very pretty Lesley - a stunning make xx

  7. Great elegant card! It does not show this was a "quickie"!


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