Owl Flourish Cards

Here’s another card featuring chalk inks, this time in a palette of violet, turquoise, lilac and touches of sage green and even pink.  I’m  not very good at remembering which colours I’ve used and of course when it’s finished, there’s a whole load of new colours on the paper as I have mixed and blended them.  These are all Versamagic, so maybe the colour chart will help – click on it for a larger view.

I just love the mix of colours in this range – the soft pastel colours have a sophisticated grey undertone to them so they’re not too sugary and the stronger colours are great for overstamping direct to paper chalk backgrounds.

In the product launch video, I did make a note of the colours I used to make the owl card – Sage, Sugarcane, Aquatic Splash, Sea Breeze for the background and I stamped the owls with Eggplant and the flowers with Red Brick.

Heres the finished card I made with that piece.

I added a touch more Red Brick around the edges using a piece of Cut’n’Dry foam to flick it in from the edge.  The flower is made with Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine paper – it holds a scrunched shape really well and goes soft and leathery when scrunched and spritzed.  Interesting stuff that I’ve yet to fully explore … we’re almost out of stock now, but I have more on order.

Do you have ten minutes? Ten minutes? Yes, ten minutes.

Award yourself a brownie point if you get the film reference in the title.  If you have ten minutes to spare, I have prepared a little video for you showing some of June’s new stamps in action.


If for any reason, you can’t see the embedded video here on the blog, click the link below to watch it on YouTube.




Love is in the air

I don’t know if you’ve spotted the new Spring Romance stamps over on the Elusive Images blog?

Here’s a card that uses the main image from Weekend in Venice and a lovely flourish word stamp from Romantica.  I have stamped the ‘romance’ stamp in chalk inks, then wrapped vellum over the card to diffuse the colours down to a beautiful subtle pastel.  The image has been coloured with Copic Markers and it is very simply finished with a ribbon knot.  I confess the main image isn’t stamped – it’s the printed one I coloured for the packaging, but I was so pleased with how my sky turned out that I just had to use it.

Anyway, check out the other romance stamps, there’s some beauties in there and I’ve actually used one of the sets to make my Christmas card for Adrian!

Birthday Cards

I needed to make a couple of birthday cards this week and this is a very quick and simple card that takes minutes to make.  It features our new Filigree Blocks and Loving Sentiments stamps, plus stamps from Retro Vases.  I used four shades of VersaMagic chalk ink in total stamped very simply onto white card.  The filigree block was inked up using Sea Breeze, then a little Oasis Green was tapped on around the edges.  The sentiment was then stamped over the block with Red Brick.  The flowers on the card were stamped first with Sugarcane, then Red Brick, then the smaller flower was stamped with Oasis Green.  The sentiment is stuck on with foam pads.  I think my Nanna was happy with it.

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This second one came about because I saw some of the Mucha inspired Clarity stamps at the open day last weekend and I really wanted to try colouring them with my Copic markers.  I really enjoyed colouring this in and used Clarity’s postcards to stamp it on to with Memento Tuxedo black ink.  The paper and flowers are from Prima, all stuck onto a greeny gray card that someone accidentaly left behind on our stand at a show back in 2004.  It’s a lovely subtle colour and I’ve never seen the same colour since, so it was with some reluctance that I finally used it up.

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Adrian and I managed to take a day off work on Friday and with Derrick feeling a little better, we headed over to Carlisle to see my Nanna who turned 86 this week!  She is remarkable for her age and she told me that she compares notes with her 83 year old friend and they both agree that as they haven’t had the telegraph from Liz, they’re not old yet.

My mum and aunt came over, then my uncle who I haven’t seen in ages turned up too, so with all of us plus other halves, it turned into quite a party and made for a lovely day.  We took the scenic route via Alston and not long after we set off, we came across this guy strutting down the road:


How can you not be inspired by those glorious colours?

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