Monday, 7 January 2013

Your choice Challenge

For this first challenge of the year, Impression Obsession is giving us free rein.

I had been wanting to use one of my Christmas presents from LAST year, so I built my card idea from there. The present was a pack of pre-scored cards, not quite glossy, but very smooth (it is referred to as silk) and I wanted to use a Versamark resist technique that is usually done on glossy cardstock. The effect on silk cardstock is more subtle, as the resist works less well on that surface.

Then there were some NEW stamps to play with...

Background :
I cut the silk card in the middle to give me 2 panels (I am stretching my supplies).
First, I cut a square aperture in a scrap piece of paper to mask the scallops. Then I used the CAC Canvas (CC073) with Tattered Rose Distress ink and dried thoroughly. Next I stamped Ornate Floral CAC (CC077) with Versamark and brayered over the top with several layers of inks, each darker than the previous one.
Finally I used distress inks with cut & dry foam on the scallops.
The stamped panel is matted onto marroon paper and adhered to the printed Kraft card front.

Bird Image :
After stamping the Bird Collage 1 (E13043)I used Martha Stewart punches and distress inks around the panel, adding some twine around it.

Butterfly :
This has been die-cut from vellum with the Butterflies dies (DIE008-I) stamped with Flourish 2 (H5575) in pink and the body has been drawn with alcohol pens.

If you love the IO stamps, take a detour and check-out the blog, where you can preview the Spring/Summer stamps during the CHA Winter DT Blog Hop. They have Prizes to be won too...

Thanks for coming by,


  1. Talk about lovely, Crafty! How very warm, soft, and beautiful! I really like what you did with the whole design and the die cuts are so perfect too! Thanks for playing and good luck in the drawing too!

  2. What a lot of work on this card, I think it's fab, the stamps are wonderful will certainly check them out.

    Sylv xx

  3. Lovely card ! What a cool idea to layer the b'ground stamps. I really want to try that now because yours turned out so well. Love it !!

  4. Superbe carte, avec de jolies techniques, bravo Crafty. Bizz

  5. Beautiful card, love the die cuts and the bird image !

  6. thanks for visiting. this is a beautiful card. i love all the scallops and the subtle blue background behind the very pretty bird image.

  7. Very pretty and lots of wonderful details and the stamp too!!

  8. Wow--this is a masterpiece!

  9. Neat card. Love those diesand they make the card.

  10. Wonderful card! I love how the bird looks with the sponging (I had to buy that stamp too) and I also love the flourish wings on your butterfly. Thanks for sharing your background details.

    Katie B.

  11. Beautiful card and so tranquil! Superb! TFS!