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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Sunday Stampers Week 217 - Weds 8th Aug

Good Morning Friends!

The theme for this week's Sunday Stampers  over at Hels' Sheridan's blog (click the link!) is patterns. Lately I had been making canvases and plaques for my contribution to this challenge, so this week I thought I would make a card for a change...

I decided to make backing paper, forming a pattern with the heart from one of my favourite stamp sets, Wendy Vecchi's 'Love to Make Art' from Studio 490. I also decided that the card would be bright (to make up for all the Sunshine we've been missing) and also with a rustic feel, so hope I've achieved that!

First of all I inked the entire card with mustard seed distress ink, I ran the heat tool over it to make sure it was dry and then using the same ink, I used the heart from the stamp set to form the pattern. I then inked the edge quite roughly all around for the rustic bit!

Next I used the highlighter pen technique, which I found in an issue of Craft Stamper and featured in a card a few weeks ago - stop by tomorrow and I'll include mini tutorial  on this....

I used vintage photo distress ink to colour the hearts. I find with this technique, because the highlighter seems to light up the card, it gives a 'rusty' look to the card. I then stamped the heart three times and cut it out. Then I wound some bakers twine around the hearts and tied a bow on the centre heart. 

The inking process was repeated on the card I used for the butterflies, which were then die cut using the little die from Spellbinders Flights of Fancy set. I used small pieces of card, just enough for the dies and stamped with black archival ink, which I then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.

Before I go...the photo for today in the Photo a Day challenge for August, is glasses, so as that can also mean specs...I took a piccy of mine!:) Surprised it's in focus cos I can't see a darn tuttin' thing without them!

Thanks for stopping by!, I'm going to be visiting all your blogs later today, as some commissions to catch up with on my day off!

Carole X


  1. How fab is that! Love how you used the hearts for the background.... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  2. How interesting Carole. I will certainly be back tomorrow to see the tutorial. love from Christine x

  3. I really like your card Carole - one stamp - it's amazing!! Nice change of colour as well. Very apt for the challenge.

    Hugs Sue P xx

  4. This is loverly - can't decide if it's the colour, the stamp - it's all of it!!!

  5. This is a real 'stand out' piece. The colours are great & I just love the 'rustic' hearts in the middle - amazing that you have just used the one stamp. Stunning. Sx