Monday, 4 July 2011

Thank You

Good morning.

Here is a card for three challenges:

The Stamp Man #26 - Alcohol Inks plus Optional Sketch
Crafty Creation #125 - Thank You
Sentimental Sundays #62 - Anything Goes (with a Sentiment)

As you can see, I have majored on Alcohol inks on this one. I used them on white gloss coated card to produce the pinky purple sheet and then on metal sheet for the music and the pansy.

Stamps used - The Sentiment "I cannot thank you enough" by Chocolate Baroque and the Pansy by Sheena Douglass.

I have based the card on the optional sketch but I did take liberties with the design by adding the pansy and the double row of punched edges.

The card base is A5 in size in a dark navy blue. The same colour card was used for the blue strip punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.

The white card was coloured with the alcohol inks and silver mixative. I made this sheet some time ago so I am afraid I cannot remember exactly which colours. A strip was punched with the same punch. The sentiment was stamped onto another piece of this sheet with Versamark ink and embossed with Platinum WOW powder. This was cut out with the Nestie Label which was matted onto a blue background made from drawing around the same Nestie and cutting it out by hand.

The metal sheet was coloured with the alcohol inks. When dry, the right hand edge was embossed by hand using a brick design former and various metal working tools. The sheet was then put through a Cuttlebug with the music embossing folder making sure that it was clear of the brick embossing. The resulting sheet was trimmed to size.

The pansy was stamped onto the back of another metal sheet with Stazon. When dry, it was cut out and coloured with the same inks used for the music sheet. The flower was then hand embossed on a sponge mat working on the reverse to bring out the edges of the petals. Glossy accents was used on the reverse to fill in the embossed lines so that is supports the metal and will not let the pansy get squashed.

For both the music sheet and the pansy the ink on the raised portions of the design was removed with blending solution so that the silver of the metal shows through.

The 2 punched strips were mounted with DS tape and the metal with glossy accents. The sentiment was added with Pinflair glue


  1. Great card! Love the ink technique & the embossing! Thank You so much for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week! If you haven't done so already, you may want to hop over to my blog as I am hosting a no strings attached blog candy with several prizes to win! I apologize If I have already sent you an invite.

  2. Wow Shirl thats totally gorgeous the score looks like metal. hugs Shirleyxx

  3. I absolutely love this, looks brilliant! Really like the colours and it's a lovely effect!

  4. Smashing card, love the flower. x

  5. Wonderful!! So glad you could join us at Crafty Creations challenge!

  6. Stunning card Shirl :)
    Thank you so much for joining us at Sentimental Sundays & Good Luck!

  7. Cool card! Thanks for joining us at the sentimental sundays♥

  8. This is amazing, Shirl. I love how you've twice embossed that background. I didn't notice the bricks the first time of looking, they are so subtle but brilliant. That pansy is stunning too. You have put so much work into your card, I love it.
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Stampman this time.
    Hugs Lisax

  9. This is fab. I love the colour combo you got on the background. It reminds me of the metal on a music box my grandmother gave me. Thanks for joining us in The Stamp Man Challenge and have a great day. Angela

  10. This is fabulous Shirl, I love the colours and your use of the alcohol inks is amazing. You haven't taken liberties with the sketch, the layout looks great.
    Thanks for joining in with the Stamp man challenge.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  11. wonderful work with alcohol ink x Thanks for joining in The Stamp Man challenge x Janet


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