Monday, 22 July 2013

Pack your bags / Vacations

For this week's Impression Obsession challenge I struggled with inspiration... Finally I plumped for the Damselfly with Boat (F1336) stamp because it speaks of leisurely summers...

I chose my patterned papers from my scraps, except the large rectangular piece, which I have created from a piece of white card, inking with distress inks and stamping with CAC Canvas (CC073) and CAC Grunge (CC076).

I created a die-cut border at the bottom with the Flags Die Set (DIE015-F). I usually separate dies that come wired together but for some reason I haven't done it on this one and I was glad because it allowed me to be sure all flags were parallel as I partially cut them twice.

I also used the middle size die again with one of the matching stamp from the Tag set (3119-SM )and a rub on (very old stash)

I inked the Damselfly image with markers and colored it with alcohol markers, adding gel pen and Copic At You Spica clear pen for a shimmering effect. Let's take a closer look at the shimmer:

As it happens, my holidays will involve marshes so maybe I will be able to find cattails and Damselflies soon...

I have mixed "grunge" and classic in that card and I don't know if it works, so please tell me in your comments!

Keep cool,


  1. i think you have got the spirit of the challenge perfectly and what a gorgeous stamp! x

  2. Oh this is a great card! Very creative--love the flags border!

  3. Ta carte est super jolie, et ton image travaillée aux markers à alcool est magnifique j'adore !!! Je te souhaite aussi de bonnes vacances alors ! Bisous

  4. Love your card design! Your coloring is so pretty and I love the tag and banners at the bottom. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  5. Beautiful! Your colouring is lovely, as is the whole card!

  6. I think you did a beautiful job of grunge and classic together! Love, love , love your shimmering dragonfly!

    1. Oh...thank you! I don't have a Splitcoast ID so I'll take the opportunity to comment on your IO entry. It's a very sweet card as the image is really cute and I loved the details (glasses, ribbon flags and the way they are attached).

  7. Love what you did with this stamp! The sparkly dragonfly is spectacular!!

  8. Wow wow wow, I absolutely love this card. The bit of grunge really pops and the way you have chose the papers and the stamps wow awesome. I'm really jealous, I can do cute cards using cute images and Promarkers but I can't seem to do a grungy card, very even a stamped painty or inky card, it just won't work for me :-( I so want to make this style of card :-) Kezzy xxx