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Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Engineered Florals (by Judith)

Hello everyone, I have some projects to share with you today using the fabulous stamps and stencils that we brought to you during last month's TV shows on Hochanda. I hope that you managed to catch the shows, they were a whirlwind of activity, as the stamps sold out very quickly, but Lesley and I enjoyed ourselves enormously trying to keep up with what was happening!

My first card was created using the beautiful Freesia Blueprint stamp set. I used the Dotty stencil from the Strip Stencil - Collection 1 set and added some texture paste to a piece of drawing cartridge. I coloured the background using Distress Ink once the texture paste was completely dry. I added some background stamping using one of the smaller images from the stamp plate.

I stamped the main freesia image onto another piece of drawing cartridge, and coloured the image with Koh-I-Noor watercolour pencils. I stamped a sentiment onto a small piece of card, coloured in the same colours as the main background, and edged all of the pieces with brown ink.

To create my second card, I took a piece of glossy card, and embossed a couple of images from the Wild Cornflower Blueprint stamp set using white embossing powder. I then covered the background with blue Distress Ink and polished the card. I stamped the main image from the stamp set onto a piece of smooth stamping paper using blue ink, and coloured the image using pencils as before. I added a sentiment, and some shading with blue ink, before edging the paper with dark blue ink.

Using a piece of drawing cartridge, I added some yellow Distress Ink to create a background, and then drew lots of postage stamp shapes using one of the inserts from Triple Postage, another one of the Strip Stencil - Collection 1 set. I stamped the smaller images from all of the stamp sets into the postage stamp shapes, and coloured them with pencils, adding a sentiment into one of the shapes. For extra definition, you could add shading around the shapes to give a 3D effect, making the postage stamps look as if they had been stuck onto the background.

My final card was created by adding one of the beautiful Designer Papers A5- Background Splash, designed by Lesley, onto a card blank. I stamped one of the engineer's drawings from the Sweetpeas Blueprint stamp set three times across a piece of drawing cartridge. I varied the height of each image. I added some foliage in between the images and coloured everything in with pencils. I stamped the small sweetpea flower head onto a scrap piece of the patterned paper three times, and cut them out. I stuck each flower head into the top of a 'bulb'. This piece of apparatus is actually a flagpole, but I thought that it resembled a quirky specimen jar and made a perfect home for the flower heads.

I edged the card with black ink before attaching it to the coloured bakground.

I hope that you have enjoyed my first batch of cards this month. I will be back later on with more inspiration to share with you. Thanks for stopping by,

Judith xx


  1. OMG Judith, I watched these shows and it was such fun watching peoples' faces when the stamps sold out so quickly... poor Lesley! The demos on the shows were fabulous, as always. You are so calm and collected and I love all the little hints and tips that you pass on. The cards on here are stunning and I especially like the first one. The background is gorgeous and the flowers are coloured so beautifully. The stamps are beautiful and something different. The first on is definitely on my crafty wish list :) Sorry I haven't been commenting as much on here but for some reason, my iPad now shows my comments as 'Anonymous' I'm not sure what all that is about but I don't often get to my desk top. Take care and I wish you lots of happy crafting xx

  2. All I can say is WOW WOW WOW WOW, Gorgeous cards.
    Faith x

  3. Gorgeous array of cards Judith all beautifully watercoloured and love the pretty freesias and the white stands out beautifully against the yellow smooshed background, and then the blue background with the white embossing on the second really complements the cornflower. The stencilled postage stamp shapes you have drawn from the stencil are the perfect size to frame all the brilliant small flower images, and the last using one of the stunning papers as well as paper piecing the flower heads work so well, and love all the blueprint images, so different and as I sadly didn't make cards in December they are now top of my list of must have stamps. x

  4. Oh wow!!! Amazing array of cards, love the sweet colours and the designs you have created!


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