Graffiti card


Hi there. I’ve been playing again! I was inspired by a graffiti challenge from Inkspirational, as I immediately thought of my Crafters Companion Textures embossing folder ‘Dry Stone Wall’. My first thoughts of graffiti was colour, words, and all painted onto a wall, which is why I went with this folder. I had no idea what to do to colour it, and what card base I wanted to start with, until I saw a Faber Castell show on Hochanda. I have some Gelatos, and – again – have never used them. Now was the perfect time.

I used a piece of Kraft card, and scribbled some Gelatos colour on it. I only have four colours, so I didn’t have many options. I scribbled, then wet the card, scribbled some more, rubbed with my fingers, scribbled some more, blended, even used a water brush at some point – it was very therapeutic…..

Once I was happy with the colour – it probably took about 15 minutes – I then stamped and embossed the letters. I have a stamp set full of capital letters and small letters and punctuation, no idea which company it was from, but I laid the letters out on my new Tim Holtz/Tonic stamping platform. I have only had this for a couple of days, but it came in very handy today when my card was more than 6 inches wide.

Once the letters were stamped and embossed, I then embossed the whole sheet. I find it easier to emboss afterwards, as stamping on an uneven background, even with a stamping tool, can be very awkward.

I tried to age the card by using a blending tool, but that started to rub off the embossed letters. So – I went in the my distress ink pad ‘Frayed Burlap’ and just rubbed the whole pad over the whole piece of card. It obviously caught the raised areas – such a great embossing folder – to add a darker colour.

A layer of black card, then all onto a base Kraft card.

I may have to try the Gelatos on some specific water-colour card for another project, after I have had a look at some YouTube videos, of course.

Challenges I will be entering:

Inkspirational‘Graffiti stamping’

Watercooler Wednesday – ‘masculine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge‘anything goes’

Brown Sugar challenge ‘no image, just a sentiment’

Colour Crazy Craft challenge‘anything goes’



20 thoughts on “Graffiti card

  1. This looks awesome! I love your bold, brick background and your use of subtle color. Perfect for a graffiti challenge! Thanks for playing with us at Inkspirational!
    – Shauna


  2. This is a great birthday card. Love the brick graffiti wall and how you aged the look of the brick. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Watercooler Wednesday Masculine challenge. Great card!


  3. Amazing job with the colours you had on hand! That is a wonderful embossing folder and you have used it well to show it off. Thanks for playing along with this week’s Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.


  4. Now this is inspirational! What a great job! I love your wall with the Graffiti, and you have done an awesome job with aging it. Thank you for joining us this week on Watercooler Wednesday and showing us your technique and inspiration.


  5. Love this card, Lynda! What a great combination of techniques. You may call it scribbling, but the results are outstanding. The embossed brick wall really does look aged and as if it has been the victim of some heavy-duty graffiti. I think what really adds to the whole theme is the way you’ve managed to give an aged look to the letters as well. Great work. Thanks so much for joining in with our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.


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