Monday 16 May 2011

Daring Cardmakers - May Bugs

This weeks challenge from Daring Cardmakers features the Darling BUGS of May. For this card I decided on  shabby chic and an emboss-resist  technique I'd seen over at Jennifer Mcguire's site.

For the background I stamped the flower and butterfly image onto cream watercolour paper with clear emboss powder and set it with a heat gun. I put a few drops of water-based inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed it with water and lay the watercolour paper on top to absorb the colour. After the ink had dried,  I rubbed over the image with a piece of kitchen paper removing any ink that had settled on the embossed image. The stamped image risists the ink and you get a nice crisp image that stands out from the background. I like this technique because each time I use it I get a unique background of colour and pattern.  I then stamped the ornate frame in a contrasting colour and accented the flower using the colour makers. I further distressed the paper, rolling the corners and roughing the edges of the paper. Rubbing over the image again to remove any marker mistakes, I finished the card with a couple of strands of lilac ribbon, a punched butterfly  and a little stamped tag. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like the card.

Equipment and materials used on this project.
Purple and Gold cardstock and watercolour paper sourced from local art shop
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Ecoline inks - 318 and 507
Tombow markers 177,192,673,676
My Paper World "Flowers and Butterflies" stamps 400300100
Prima 'Wings" 536350 for the frame
Versacolor Royal Blue 18


  1. Gorgeous card and thanks for the details of how you made it! Di x

  2. Thanks for the clear instructions on how you created this beautiful card!!! Stunning! Amyxx

  3. Lovely card - thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers.

    Lynda xxx

  4. Such a beautiful subtle colour combo!

  5. the colouring on this card is just so perfect. Thanks for joining in with the Darlin' Bugs of may challenge on Daring Cardmakers this week:)

  6. this is so pretty - the flowers and butterflies look gorgeous

    jo x

  7. The colours you've used here are so beautiful - all soft and delicate. Lovely!
    thank you for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers A Darlin' BUGS of May challenge.


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