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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Crafty Individuals Bird stamp Card

I have enjoyed being able to work in my studio again now we have a little cloud to cool the sunny Irish sky. I dont feel like I had been back at work long since my visitors left when I was forced out by the heat. I tried to at least look in on all the blogs I follow but somehow if  I am not working creatively I dont feel part of that world. It seems so much more vivid and meaningful from inside. Just looking is not as engaging. I see and creative sparks start firing off but they cannot take flight or develop without experimenting. There is a lot to be said for a very messy desk and sticky stained fingers! This week I have been playing with a lot of paint and oxide but nothing I am happy with. My pile of discarded backgrounds is growing. I will have to get out the Big Shot, maybe then I can die cut them into something wonderful.

I went back to my distress ink and made a thank you card. Always feels good to finish something before I leave my desk.First I made a blue and green distress background. I love the way you can create rich jewel colours, like stain glass with a lot of light but intense too.  I used a crafty Individuals stamp "Bird," stamped onto my coloured background in black archival ink. I stamped a couple of times so I could chose the area that looked best and had the option of extra design elements.



After cutting out each element I mounted them on book pages, edged them with a distressing tool and a little black ink. Then I mounted the book page pieces onto two green cardstock panels and glued these directly onto a Kraft card base. The sentiment was stamped in black archival directly onto the card base. The sentiment is from a set by Avery Elle "Oh Happy Day."

Now I have to return to the world of domesticity and wash my inky fingers. Do your kids laugh at your brightly stained fingers? Mine often comment and make up strange activities I might have been up to to get green, purple or red fingers. 

Im linking up with Julia at WOYWW this week


18 comments:

  1. I love those stamps - the colours you have used are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week. Love Caro x (#20)

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  2. That green background is a glorious colour and is complemented perfectly by the stamp, a lovely combination! I can't hack the heat either and am hoping that we do get the promised rain in Friday.
    Hugs LLJ 11 xx

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  3. They are lovely stamps and a pretty card. Karen 23

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  4. Great card and loving the stamps. Good choice of colours too. Wishing you a great woyww, Angela x17x

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  5. Those are fabulous stamps and I adore the way you assembled the layers. Beautiful. Happy WOYWW from # 1.

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  6. What a fabulous card. Love the stamps and the colours you've put together x

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  7. Hi Amanda, love that colour combination and the stamp works brilliantly with it. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #13

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  8. That card is just gorgeous, I love the colours! Have a great week. Warm (tropical!) hug from the Netherlands, Marit #21

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  9. Hi, lovely card, particularly love the greens in the background, one of my favourite colours. Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #7 xXx

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  10. what a gorgeous card! Happy rest of the week! xo Cheetarah #28

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  11. Wow, what a beautiful card and a gorgeous stamp too. Love the green theme.
    Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great rest of the week,
    Diana x #16

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  12. Beautiful card! TFS your steps. I love it. Have a great week. Dorlene #34

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  13. Hi Amanda. That card is beautiful - well done. It's certainly a great stamp set.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #5

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  14. Hi, Amanda! What a fabulous card!! Love the intense colors and the contrast of the book pages! Perfection! Have a wonderful weekend! Julie {#29}

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  15. What a fabulous card, I love that fresh green colour. My children would always say I had had a lazy day if there was no sign of paint or glitter on me.
    Thank you for sharing WOYWW Tracey#6

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  16. The card is just lovely. Your comment about having to leave the desk with something done really resonates with me...it’s why I don’t ‘play’ as often as I should, I really like to have each something to show for my free tie or I feel it’s wasted. It’s a strangemind set for someone who considers herself crafty, but I can’t help it!

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  17. I really like your card design and find it very inspiring! Happy Sunday! zsuzsa #12 (through WOYWW)

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  18. Inky fingers? How about leaving the house with a big stripe of white paint on your forearm! Perhaps if I had some young ones around they would have told me--ha!

    You've made a lovely card--it has a real organic and natural appeal, the script really compliments the images.

    Good luck with your experiements!

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