' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Spring Challenge

Monday 20 February 2012

Spring Challenge

Just as the snow fell, February Crafty Individuals' challenge takes us to spring !

For this card I have resisted any type of distressing, collaging, grunging (if there is such a word), to let the beauty of the stamp shine. The quality and the detail of this set (CI- 259) is such, that I felt inspired to create a mini painting, one that could not be achieved the traditional way ! It was also a bit of a technical stamping challenge as it involved inking the stamps with 2 inkpads and a marker (for the trunks) and some nifty positioning.

In the foreground I used some stamp & bond with white flock and Flower soft to give texture. For the white flock to appear white (or nearly white) I had to first resist stamp with versamark  before brayering my background and then overstamp with white pigment ink on the flower heads. To finish the card I framed it with some die-cuts and a title.
All the foreground elements are from plate CI- 207 including the small butterfly and dragon fly.
See a close-up of the trees :

I am really pleased I tried these techniques even though this took me forever !

Thanks for coming by,


  1. With the CI stamps you created such a wonderful countryside scene.
    Thank you for joining the CI Challenge.

  2. This is beautifully put together, and just the sort of thing I intended for the trees stamp. Great! Thanks for joining us in the Challenge. Jean

  3. Very impressive stamping the trees look amazing :)
    Von x♥x

  4. This is absolutely stunning well worth all that effort! x