It’s been a few weeks since I posted, but I now seem to have recovered from my card making block. I joined Stamp Nation, an on-line community where there are literally thousands of videos and ideas to encourage and support you. I have been going through the site slowly, but seeing all the ideas, and the people has stirred by crafting senses again – all good!
I enjoy card making challenges, as it gives me a topic or a reason to make a card, as I make them for personal use, and have also started to make quick cards for charity. A valuable web site for me is Paper Playful. The web site is a group of volunteers who trawl the web for card/craft challenges, and post them. So – I only have to look in one place for a fabulous list to encourage me.
The card above is for one such challenge – My Time To Craft Challenge Blog – and the sketch for the current challenge reminded me I had a bag of ‘Twinchies’. Twinchies are 2 inch square , and ideal for this particular challenge. These particular ones are from Stamps Away and are white paper lined board – ideal for a mosaic effect.
I used a 5 x 5 inch square Kraft card base, and placed a layer Blackberry Bliss card stock. On 4 of the Twinchies, I stamped third generation flowers, to give a faded and muted look. For the middle Twinchie, I masked an area the general size of the sentiment I was going to use, stamped around and over the masking, and then stamped the sentiment.
I had some ribbon from a Jane Means gift wrapping course I attended last year, which I wrapped around the base card, On top of the ribbon I added an Indigo Blu mount board rose which I coloured the same colour as my stamping, and added some Decadent Wine PVA dots. Maybe I should have used pink dots – but I thought they would have added too much brightness for what I was trying to achieve.
I don’t usually make flowery and pretty cards, but I really enjoyed putting this together.
Stampin Up: Blackberry Bliss cards stock , Blackberry Bliss ink, Elegant Eggplant ink (sentiment), Old Olive ink, ‘Botanicals’ For You stamp set; Cosmic Shimmer: Decadent Wine PVA, from Phill Martin; Jane Means: chocolate and pink ribbon; Indigo Blu: Alter Ego Florals