Saturday 8 April 2017

Living Life

Happy Saturday!
I hope you are enjoying some nice weather in your part of the world.  
We had snow the other day but I really hope that Spring will come and stay now.

Playing with some new stamps again from Penny Black.
As most of you know, I love my Distress inks and love playing with them to see what kind of backgrounds I can come up with.  I created this one by partially inking up my long acrylic block, sprayed with water and dragged down my card front instead of just placing it there and letting the ink soak in.  By doing that, I was able to leave some areas white and open to stamp over.
Next, I placed the PB Effulgent stamp inside my Misti, coloured it with Tombow markers, sprayed with water and stamped onto my heavy weight white cardstock.  (I find that the cs I use is ok for this type of water stamping and hold up well.)  I repeated the above process using darker shades of the orange and then some dark brown to add shadow.
I stamped the sentiment from the PB Happy Wishes sentiment set again using my Misti and then finished my card off by using my 'go to' drywall tape to stencil in some of the open areas.

Adding my card to these challenges:


Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES STAMPED

4 Crafty Chicks- FLOWERS


Have a great weekend.  
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look!

Stamps- Effulgent (PB), Happy Wishes (PB)
Paper- heavy white (bulk, local store)
Ink- Memento black; Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber Distress (TH); Tombow markers
Accessories and Tools- Misti,long acrylic block, Mister (TH), drywall tape, foam applicator (TH)


SD pooja said...

Its Beautiful !

Dotty Jo said...

... And create the most breathtakingly beautiful cards! Wow, wow, wow! Jo x

Mac Mable said...

Great technique for the background..... will be trying this...Thank you x Gorgeous spring colours and such a happy card x

Christine said...

Your technique and your card are fabulous. I love the soft look of the flowers, and the sentiment is so meaningful. So glad you joined the challenge at Four Crafty Chicks this week.
Guest DT

Craftychris said...

This is so gorgeous! I have used acrylic blocks for backgrounds but never by dragging - the effect is awesome! xxx

Pat said...

Beautiful work as usual Karen, and dragging the inked block has made lovely colour variation. The dry wall tape stencilling looks great in the background and the flowers are so pretty using the tombow markers straight to stamp and spritzed making a nice soft watery effect. x

Aileen said...

You need to tell me the thickness of the card stock because it does work perfectly, no warping or swelling and how do you get it to fold at the top without cracking. I tried a heavy card stock and ended up with cracks either when I first folded or later. Makes an imperfection I cant handle.
Now onto this absolutely stunning card, what can I say that others havent already said. Adore the colours used, your design perfect. Each time you use a colour I think yes thats my favourite then you use a totally different colour and wow its brilliant.

Lin said...

As always, Karen, this is a beautiful design! Love the inking and texture in the background, and of course, those beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Gabi MeWi said...

So beautiful.

Susan said...

You are making some stunning cards with the Effulgent stamp! This is so vibrant and sunny - just what we need these days as we wait for spring to arrive.

Susanne Vargas said...

Love this sunny card with that gorgeous background!

nwilliams6 said...

Super cool!!! Love the techniques and colors you used on this!!!! Hugz

papierelle said...

Absolutly great with a gorgeous background.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Such warm and wonderful colors!

Leanne said...

Nicely done, love those colors and the sentiment is wonderful.
Thanks for sharing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks, wonderful.
Leanne DT/4CC

Marina said...

You've achieved some wonderful effects here.

Loll said...

This is gorgeous. LOVE how you've created that amazing background, Karen. And love the beautiful inked flowers. xx

Nonni said...

This is beyond words beautiful! I love the artsy bg and the color in the flowers is just so beautiful. Absolutely love it. Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational!

SewPaperPaint said...

Soooooo beautiful ! I wish I could do cards in this style well. I love it! Hugs, Autumn

Linda said...

Simply beautiful! Love the vibrant colours. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx