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by Julie Brooks

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

an embossed frame and a little ink

Hello again everyone

Time to share a couple of cards I made the other day. I managed to grab an hour to craft after I'd done being school teacher to my son for the day!


So, the first one uses an embossed frame which has daisies all over it. It's a very cheery springtime frame in my opinion and makes me smile every time I use one. The background paper is pink on one corner (top left) and green on the other (bottom right), so I decided to ink the frame up using chalk inks to show up those lovely daisies, but I inked the side which would be against the green part of the paper in pink, and the side which would be against the pink part of the paper in green - using Versamagic Aloe Vera and Pixie Dust. These ink pads have been in use for probably a year and so are quite dried out, but that was perfect because I didn't want lots of ink, just a light "dusting". I love using chalk inks because you get such a soft finish.

I cut some flowers from another sheet of paper and fixed them in place, along with two little "buttons". I then threaded some pale pink organza ribbon through a little daisy tag and fixed that in place.

Finally, I used Star Dust Stickles to add little sparkly dots on the frame and the big flower and I used glossy accents in the centre of the big flower and on the two "buttons". Finished with some little sparkly gems.

I'm really pleased with this card because of the delicate colours, it's not too fussy with detail and embellishments and I deliberately didn't put a sentiment on there so that it can be used for a multitude of occasions. Do you like the two-tone chalk inking of the frame? I'm really pleased how that turned out.

The second card is quite different because it has the floral paper background, making it quite busy. So this needed a few bits to "tone it down" a little, and I chose again to use some of the die cuts from a Tag It pack which I bought from Craftwork Cards ages ago. I threaded two small ones onto a thin strip of the paper which I'd used as the background in the previous card and fixed these in place, then threaded two colours of organza ribbon through a larger tag and cut out a flower from the floral paper and fixed this in place as the focal point of the tag. I added little dots of Star Dust Stickles in various places to give some sparkly highlights and finally gave the three "tags" a light dusting of Pixie Dust chalk ink. Again I haven't added a sentiment anywhere so this could be used for various occasions.


Well, that's my two cards. I hope you like them? Please leave me a comment. I always read them and love to hear from you.

Incidentally, I don't frequently mention it, but I do visit all of your blogs as often as time allows. You come up with stunning designs time and again which I love to see. So much talent and so much inspiration. Thank you all for sharing your fabulous work with the crafting community.

Thanks for sticking with me.

Take care.

Love Julie xx