Saturday 21 January 2017

Back in the saddle - with a panel

Wow, it's a long time since I lasted posted. Card making has very much taken a back seat for a while; so although I've made a few cards for particular occasions, I've not been following challenges for months.

However, I want to try and remedy that. This week I've been keeping tabs on what's 'on the market' as it were, and yesterday decided to try and get back in the groove. Crafty mojo was a bit slow, but a lovely combination of challenges came together to create the little number below.

It's a one layer card (makes international postage cheaper!) for a friend's upcoming birthday, so there's a bit of faux layering. The panel uses flower stamps from Clarity, and the sentiment is theirs as well, as is the stencil in the pink background.

I decided to go DL, so figured out the proportions I wanted and then stamped out the panel, masking as necessary. Then I masked all the stamping and applied the blue foreground with brushes, then covered up the panel to do the pink background, which I enhanced with a little bit of over-stencilling. The flowers were overstamped in pale pink with a silhouette version of the outline stamp, and then coloured with pencils to further enhance the texture.

Hope you like it, a big thank you to the challenges who provided my inspiration.

CAS Colours and Sketches #206: Watermelon Wonder, Island Indigo, Flirty Flamingo
Addicted to Stamps and More #225: Photo Inspiration (I took the flower as my inspiration)
Freshly Made Sketches #271
Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes (optional topping, which I didn't use, is dashes and doodling)


  1. Very pretty! I love the shadow on the sentiment! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S!

  2. woowww your blue brushed ink (not sponging) is totally adorable against your pink flower woooww
    I love how you combination all the challenges to make this adorable card
    Many thanks to joining with us at ATSM this time. See you again soon.
    PS: so happy if you like to visiting my DT card too...see you maybe soon :)

  3. Wow, those flowers really pop. Thanks for joining us on this week's CC&S challenge.

  4. Claire, how nice to see you and your artwork again! I agree with what my teammates have said - the flowers pop gorgeously against the blue background, and the shadow effect on the sentiment is a neat added detail. I'm glad you shared your card with us this week at CC&S, and I hope you'll join us again soon for another challenge! :)

  5. Wow what a lot of love and attention went into your card! Love the blooms against the wonderful blue x

  6. Just so your pretty posies. The colors are fabulous. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!

  7. Your flowers are so beautifully coloured and I agree with everyone else that they really pop against the blue background. Thanks for joining in this week at CC&S!

  8. Awesome one layer card, beautiful stamping and inking, with wonderful depth and interest. Your friend is sure to love it and thanks so much for joining in at CC&S. Hugs Bev x

  9. Beautiful colors and beautiful coloring! So glad you decided to join us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  10. Happy to see you back stamping! What a lovely card with those pretty flowers. Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

  11. Amazing! Can't believe that it is a one layer card! I love the effect you've created, Claire! I like the change in dimension (so used to seeing the A4 sizes!) and the flowers look really pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!