25 May 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 74 - Freshly Elegant

 The theme for this week's challenge at The Card Concept is Freshly Elegant. The 'oh so elegant' inspiration has so many colours and items to inspire a gorgeous card. I hope you will take the time to join us.



For my Clean and layered card, I really wanted to keep it very simple. I ended up missing out the gold element in my card but did pick up on the woodgrain '&', or what looked like woodgrain, but now I look at it, is it gold??
I used MFT's die cut scallop elements with an Old Hero Arts stamp. The hello is chipboard from a packet of words by Rosie's. There you have it! :)



Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-

Karen Davis (you are here)


Julie Gearinger

Michele K. Henderson 
(Taking a break this week)






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Have a great week :)

11 May 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 73 - Vintage Notes

The theme for this week's challenge at The Card Concept is Vintage Notes. The inspiration is chockablock full of elements to inspire you. If vintage is not your thing, take the elements and use your own colour palette. Have fun!!




As I have said many times, I love vintage, and layers, and distress ink, especially Walnut, the original.
Every element on my card is old. The doily is one of my mother's op-shop finds from many years ago. The background paper, flourish (at the top of the card), branch, buttons, and sentiment are items purchased several years ago. The butterfly stamp is at least 10 years old.

I started by adhering the background paper to a piece of card. 
I then subdued the design by brushing White Golden Fluid Acrylic paint around the edges. I like this brand because it flows beautifully, and it dries clean and transparent. If I want something more Opaque I use standard acrylic paint or Gesso.
I treated the edges with Walnut Distress Ink. The previous layer of acrylic paint stops the distress ink from absorbing into the paper, so it sort of slides around the surface. I liked the softer effect.
As I wanted a clean shabby card, I decided not to distress (as in mangle :) the edges.
I mounted the background on foam tape then proceeded to add the elements as you see them on the card. 
The butterfly is coloured with chalk, my 'go-to' when I want a really soft, transparent, blendable, non-absorbant colour.
The sentiment and butterfly have walnut ink edges.



Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-

Karen Davis (you are here)








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Have a great week :)

27 April 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 72 - April Showers

The Card Concept Challenge this week has the theme 'April Showers'. A vibrant wee arrangement of flowers in the cutest polka dot gummies :) So many gorgeous elements to inspire you.


Way beyond the flowers and the boots is the most delicate background. It's obviously pictures on a wall, but it's smudged and lovely.
I took a piece of watercolour paper and sponged squares of Golden Fluid acrylic paint, with hints of the colours I used in the flowers and leaves. It's really lovely but hard to pick up in my photo. (click on the photo for a better look).

The scallop circle was also made using Golden Fluid Acrylic. Many years ago I made several big stamps using precut foam shapes. I glued them to a piece of wood with PVA glue. Back then they were used to stamp fabric. I used one with dots attached in a grid pattern to stamp blue Bazzil card.

The flowers and leaves are Tim Holtz Flower garden. I have made a Silhouette cut file for the stamps.
I used Versamark ink to stamp (not really recommended for watercolour, it runs if you leave it wet for too long) and watercolored the flowers and leaves with Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paints.

The yellow fronds are from  MFT Leafy Greenery.

The Sentiment unknown.




Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-

Becca Cruger

Karen Davis (you are here)








Come and play along with us at The Card Concept   

Have a great week :)

13 April 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 71 - Fresh Flutters.

We have such a pretty image to inspire you in the current Card Concept Challenge. 'Fresh Flutters', even the challenge name is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the gallery :) Have fun!



I really just recreated the scene on my card. Well, sort of.......
I white embossed the background with a lacey pattern, then washed over it with dilute green watercolour. I thought that would be enough, but the design wasn't strong enough, so I added the flowers.
I used an American Crafts - Dear Lizzy - Neapolitan Collection stamp for my jar. I used watercolours to colour it, 
The butterflies are from an old, and much-loved, Hero Arts stamp set - Antique Flowers and Butterflies. I have used the smaller of the three butterflies in the set. 
The 'Thanks' is a woodgrain word from Kaisercraft ( I think)
I coloured a white doily with pink ink, then knocked the colour back a bit with white pigment ink.
A sprinkle of sequins and the card was done.



Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-
Please welcome our five new team members, Vicki, Kim, Nancy, Angel and Veronica. 
Hi girls, it's so lovely to have you on the team. :)

Becca Cruger

Karen Davis (you are here)








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Have a great week :)

30 March 2017

The Card Concept Challenge 70 - Purple Haze

At The Card Concept this week, the theme is Purple Haze. The bottles are so inspiring for both shape and colour. I can't wait to see what you come up with. 


The glass bottles headed me off in the vellum direction. I just had to decide on the stamp set and the colour of the embossing powder. 
In the end, I chose the Verve Stamp set - Be Blessed for the flowers and the sentiment. In keeping with the warm background behind the bottles, I embossed the flowers with Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder then coloured them with three Distress Inks.
The leaves are a Clearly Besotted - Leafy Accents Die. I used a bold, patterned paper to add a bit more interest to the simple, two-tone background. 
The curve on the aqua paper is cut with a die from Lil' Inker Border Builders. 
A few sequins and pearls finished the card.



Here are the links to the design team's blogs:-

Becca Cruger

Karen Davis (you are here)


Come and play along with us at The Card Concept   

Have a great week :)