Monday 31 December 2018


Hello and Welcome.
Meet today's card.

This goes out to all of you for your kindness and for all the times you pop in for a visit.  
I do truly appreciate it.

This week, I have the pleasure of hosting the TLC (Technique Lovers Challenge) over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I am tired out from all the holiday festivities and when I thought about what challenge I would present, this simple one came to mind right away.  It is so easy to create lovely backgrounds quickly and so easily.  
It is called Embossing Folder Stamping and it is a great technique for using all those embossing folders we own, in another way.  You do need to have some water based ink and a misting bottle and you are all set to go.

So onto my card details.
I began with my Embossing Folder, opened it up and inked the inside of it with some Distress Oxide inks.  I gave it a spray of water, then pressed my paper into the wet ink.
Depending on how much water you spray onto the ink, you will get different looks when you print on your paper.  I tend to use just 2 sprays to help blend the colours together.
After the piece dried, I placed it inside my Misti and stamped the 2 thistles.
To help add interest to the background, I randomly stamped a script and a zig zag stitch.  I also inked the edges and stamped the 'Merci'.  
I simply mounted that onto a piece of matching green cardstock and then onto a simple white card base.

Thanks so much for coming over and taking a look.
I hope you may give it a try.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Love to Create- ANYTHING GOES
Simon Says Wed.- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Nature Flowers (Art Journey); Merci (?); Stitch (TH); Texture (Prima)
Inks- Distress Oxides- Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves (TH); Memento black
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Misti (My Sweet Petunia); EB folder (Sizzix); Mister (TH); 
inking tool (TH) 


Lee Ann Barrett said...

There is something about your work! One can spot a 'Karen' card a mile away! Love this one and love the colors. So simple and yet I could never get this result. Amazing!

Annie said...

Another great technique that I have not tried yet. I love how your card looks with this watercolor look for the background. Mine would probably turn to mud, but I’ll never know until I try it.

Ellibelle said...

This is so beautiful, it's been a while since I played in the Splitcoast challenges but really want to join this time! Such a fun technique!

I Card Everyone said...

Karen, I count our meeting among the best of 2018! I do hope that we will make that happen again in the New Year!
Happy New Year... you've gone out with a beautiful bang! [so you don't run this through a machine to dry-emboss as well?] It's been some time since I've done this... thanks for the wonderful reminder! xx

Susan said...

Love the greens and purples with the thistle stamp - perfect! A wonderful example of embossing folder stamping. I'll definitely join in with your SCS challenge!

Pat said...

This is gorgeous Karen and I love the colours you have used, and the thictle and sentiment in black stand out beaitifully. I think this is one of my favoourite techniques, so loose and pretty. x

Christine Alexander said...

Great colour combo with the purples and greens Karen and such a great technique.

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful EB folder watercolored background using your DOX inks, Karen. I love your added stamping of thistle, zigzag stitch, text and sentiment. Your green card base really makes your beautiful images pop. Thank you dear friend for all your creative watercolored cards inspiration. Happy Creative New Year. Hugs...Nancy

Kathleen said...

A really super background and a great mix of colour, the black images look great against it. Thank you for joining our 'Thanks a bunch' challenge at Allsorts.

Kath x

Lin said...

This is such a great technique, Karen, and always gives interesting results. Thank you for your inspiration l- I always find something on my visits to get my juices flowing. Happy New Year!

Bonnie said...

This technique always works so beautifully for you, Karen! Love those thistles! Happy New Year, my friend!

Bobby said...

You make it sound so easy, Karen, and your results with this technique are always so fabulous. I love the mix of colors on this one.

Tracy said...

Fab creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love that background. This is so beautiful!

Linby said...

What a great background - love all the layers to this card, so effective.
Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts Challenge.
Lynn x

Mac Mable said...

Wonderful technique, so artsy and so creative. Fabulous card and love the extra little bit of stamping on the background too x. Merci to you too Karen for all your amazing inspiration x

kiwimeskreations said...

What an amazing card from such a simple technique Karen - I love the colours you have used, and the extra stamping over the background.

Cathy said...

Fantastic card Karen, love the colours and another new technique to try! Cathy x