9 Mar 2011


I have made today's card with a Nature theme which will fit in with the Sunday Stampers challenge for this week. I also took some inspiration from the article by Joe Firth-Young - Painted Mini Book in the April Craft Stamper Mag for main image and put my own spin on it.  First I painted gesso over a book page which I stuck onto card and left to dry overnight - I know how patient was I!!!! lol. Then DI inks shabby shutters, dried marigold, scattered straw were used for the background, I like the look this gives where the page is showing through but by painting first the text is pushed into the background; this was then cut with Nestabilities die, stamped with Organic Grace stamp set from Stampin' Up! in black.

Now I always seem to reach for swirls when I'm making backgrounds and as Curls and Swirls is the current  Stampman Challenge  I reached for my swirls stamps by Creative Expressions for the background piece of card, firstly I stamped in Cajon Craze Ink SU same colour as the card  and over stamped a smaller swirl and embossed in gold, swirls were added to the bottom strip also.  The flower was cut from book pages with the tattered flowers Die TH and inked in same DI's before spritzing with water and scrunching up and leave to dry if you have the time or use heat gun which is the way I went, lastly I rubbed over embossing ink and used .gold embossing powder  I love the way this technique makes the flower look very shabby.

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  1. This is a gorgeous card, Maggie!

  2. Stunning card Maggie, the background is amazing with so much depth and I adore that flower - wow !!!!! xxx

  3. Beautiful easel card Maggie, loving the see through effect and the great flower. Smashing work. Annette x

  4. This is beautiful! All of the elements are terrific. I love that quote. It sounds like you have about as much patience as me. Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind words. Cheers

  5. A beautiful card with a wonderful sentiment. There's lots about it to admire but I really love your flower!

    Thank you for entering The Stamp Man Curls and Swirls Challenge


  6. Really gorgeous creation Maggie and I have to say you and me both on the swirls front as mine never get put away at the moment!


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