Saturday 1 February 2020


Good Morning and Welcome.
Meet my card.  
Inspired by the talented Vicki Boutin.  She is a fellow Canadian and I just love watching her play with inks and watercolours.  I especially love her attitude towards creating; play with your products and see what you can create.  She's on FB and on YouTube if you want to check her out.
That's basically what my card here was.....playing and creating.

So, I began with a piece of heavy white cardstock.  I rubbed some Bundled Sage, Broken China and Stormy Sky DOX inks onto my sheet of acetate, sprayed with water and pressed onto my paper.  I love the variations of colour tones you can achieve by using this technique.
I dried the piece then placed it into my Misti.
I pulled out a variety of stamps to use and my Messy Dot Grid stencil to create a collage style background for my card.  (I listed all the stamps that I used at the bottom of my post)  When I was happy with the look, I stamped the thistles in black then added the sentiment.
I mounted it onto a heavy white card base when dry.
To help finish it off, I rubbed some Vicki Boutin Iridescent Glaze over to give it a shimmer....sure wish you could see that in the photo!!

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Here is the stencil I used.
Messy Dot Grid

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs

Adding my card to these challenges:
Shopping Our Stash- WINTER BLUES

Stamps- Thistles (Art Journey); Something Marvelous (Impression Obsession); Flourish (TT); 
Graffiti (Kaisercraft); Stitching (TH) 
Inks- DOX (TH); Versafine 
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook)
Accessories and Tools- Messy Dot Grid (A Colorful Life Designs); Misti (My Sweet Petunia);
sponging tool; acetate sheet


nancy littrell said...

Oh my...all the depth you created with your sponging of inks, layering with stamps and stenciling for your background is Stunning, Karen. Your stamped Thistle and nature sentiment were wonderful additions. TFS your playful beauty, my friend. Hugs...Nancy

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your work is always so beautiful and I am always amazed at how you create so much into a no layer card to make it looks so filled with interest.

Pat said...

I love the colours Karen and the different background stamps as well as though foreground thistles and what looks like cow parsley and a great sentiment too, and the Messy Dots stencilling adds yet another layer of interest. A great finished piece. x

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

They collage in the background is so pretty. Lovely job!

Susan said...

Wonderful background collage - so much texture and interest. And beautiful thistles and sentiment.

I Card Everyone said...

Oh yes, marvelous, indeed, Karen! But it's that thistle that will keep me coming back again, and again!

Cathy said...

Amazing background for that gorgeous thistle Karen, stunning in the blues, Cathy x

Christine Alexander said...

Karen I love that background and your monochromatic colour theme.

Lori m said...

Stunning card, you make the prettiest backgrounds to go with your amazing cards, hugs, Lori m

Mac Mable said...

Your collage background is marvellous Karen. Great use of colour, stamps and the stencil x.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! I keep saying I am going to try something of what you explain, but I'm always in awe at your talent. This is another awesome card Kate.
Faith x

Bonnie said...

Your plays always end up so much better than mine, Karen! Love this background that's perfect for those thistles! I'm sure the shimmer makes it even more awesome, but I think it's awesome as I see it, mf!

Lucille K said...

Wonderful card, Karen. You always inspire me with your card creations and I too love the color blue :)

cuilliesocks said...

Wonderful background Karen, and the teasels image is so beautiful. Aristotle knew a thing or two, fabulous sentiment and so true, Kate x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a fabulous background Karen - love it, and the thistles look fabulous over it.

tilly said...

a lovely card with your colouring and papers, thanks for sharing at Crafty catz challenge

Janette said...

Stunning card, so glad you joined us at CraftyCatz this week.x

Loll said...

You make the BEST collage cards Karen. You just have a knack of picking images that work together perfectly. LOVE this fun card and sounds like youhad fun making it too! xx