Tuesday, 25 November 2014


 I had a bit of free time last night and played around with some of my NEC goodies:  a Clarity stencil and some Inkylicious raindrop stamps.  The stencil is of umbrellas but I can also see it as morning glory or even petunias.  A recent demo on Barbara Gray's website shows the technique I've used for the stencil, there is some amazing inspiration on her site.
Brushed a variety of Distress, Memento and Adirondack dye inks onto the stencil, then ran it through my embossing machine and got a subtle embossing of the white.  Next I used WOW chunky clear embossing crystals on it, maybe my embossing ink is a bit aged, I had problems with this failing to stick.  It has given it a good sheen, but the heat embossing removed the dry embossing!
Next I cut a panel and mounted it onto black cardstock.  I added a Lawn Fawn diecut sentiment and then remembered the raindrop stamps.  Using these with a touch of white ink gave my card a different look.

What to do with the other panel I wonder...

I'm entering my card for a few challenges:

Loves Rubber Stamps - thank you cards or gifts
Perfectly Rustics - embossing
Sentimental Sundays - heartfelt thanks
Simon Says - thanks or Thanksgiving
Ladybug Crafts - bright colours
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes giving thanks


  1. This is stunning! I really LOVE your handmade background! Such pretty colors! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week! We hope to see you play along with us again soon!

  2. Oh Anne, this is simply beautiful, so very elegant and with all the magical colours a real piece of eye candy :) :) :) Thank you so much for entering this artwork into our fortnightly OSAAT challenge and good luck :) :) :) Hugs Jane xxxx

  3. A gorgeous card Anne, a fabulous design, lovely stencil and colours and fantastic raindrops!!!

    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Heather xx

  4. wow what a wonderful bright selfmade background I love it


  5. Love your colourful background and the raindrops are so effective. x

  6. So pretty, I love this. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  7. fabulous!!
    Sentimental Sundays DT

  8. What a fab card Anne,great vibrant colours and stamping.I love the raindrops too (I just bought the stamps) Thanks for your lovely comments also, kind ;) hugs Viv xx

  9. What a fun design! Pretty stencil. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.

  10. Fabulous card, love those raindrops and the colours you have used. Thanks for joining us at Perfectly Rustics.

  11. Really pretty! Love the colours. Thanks for joining the Sentimental Sundays challenge, hope to see you play along again very soon.

    Victoria DT

  12. I love what you did with the colors and the stencil. Such a fun technique. Thank you so much for playing at Loves Rubberstamps last week. Hope you get to play again this week!


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