Friday, 28 January 2011


Good morning and welcome to Friday. That means the weekend is almost here. Hurray. Crafting time is nearly upon me!

However, I did manage to sneak some extra time in the last few days so here is my second challenge card of the week. This is for Critter Sketch Challenge #49 - Circle and Distress Effects

The card is based on an A5 brown blank card. The back ground started off as cream card which was: sprayed with several different green mica sprays, dried, screwed up, unscrewed, rubbed over with sandpaper to remove some of the spray on the high spots, rubbed over with Tea Dye Distress ink, sprayed with water, flattened out a bit and finally dried again. You almost have to feel sorry for it, to be treated so!

The border on the left hand side was designed on a Gypsy, cut on a Cricut and coloured with the same colour Distress ink.

The flowers: different size layers were sized on the Gypsy, cut on the Cricut, stamped with a random pattern, aged with Distress ink, shaped and layered with glue and a gem placed in the middle of each.

The main image - my favourite stamp at the moment from Sheena Douglass. The was stamped on water colour card with Adirondack Espresso ink and water brush whilst the ink was still damp. When dry, Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress ink were used to age it. The image was stamped again on glossy card and a suitable size Nestie used to cut out the required circle. This was coloured with Promarkers and bonded onto the large image matching the lines exactly to give a highlighted area. Pinflair glue was used to do this, rather than tape, to give 'slidability' to ensure the image was perfectly positioned.

The lovely sentiment, also from Sheena, was stamped, cut out and tinted in the same way and mounted onto the Scalloped Nestie cut out.

The cream webbing strip was coloured with Tea Dye ink.

The border was mounted onto the distressed panel only along the edge so that the main image could be positioned under some of the flourishes. Once this was bonded onto the base card, the webbing was added with a slight curve built in to follow the shape of the tree. Everything else was then layered on top of this to give the completed effect. Assembly of the card was done using D-S tape and Pinflair glue


  1. Hi Shirl, wow thats one stunning card, I love that keyhole effect its beautiful. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxx

  2. Beautiful landscape card! Thanks for playing along with the Critter Sketch Challenge this week.

  3. Ohh, like that idea, the little splash of colour on the image, but in an ordered way rather than fading out, pretty!

  4. This is so cool, I love that image! The flourishes are a great addition too! Thanks for playing along at Critter Sketch Challenge :)

  5. What a great card! I just love it! Thanks for joining us this week at Critter Sketch Challenge Blog for Distressed/Circle Challenge! Good Luck! We Hope to see you again for our next challenge! Thanks Again, Tammy


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