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Wednesday 2 April 2014

Spring Blossoms from Indigo Blu

Good morning folks, how's your week going? Well for a nice change this week has gone well so far at work so lets hope it continues. Today's card is my entry for the Spring Blossoms challenge at Indigo Blu Challenge and was inspired by the technique Kay used where you ink your stamp up with both ink and Flitter Glu and one of Kay's cards featured in this months Simply Cards and papercrafts magazine.

I stamped the image (Blazing Poppies from Indigo Blu) with Versafine Deep Lagoon and then with Flitter Glu but only around the fowers before gilding with Winter Dawn gilding flakes. I masked the image and then made a stencil from some card to create the stripes with Ultramarine Blu Tint PanPastel. I then used a cd as a template to cut the aperture and gilded the edges of the panel and the aperture with more Winter Dawn. I coloured the image with Graph'It markers, I thought they would make the versafine ink run but they worked pretty well. Next I coloured some more white card with PanPastel and stamped the sentiment (from Indigo Blu's Music Hall) and then used the gorgeous swirl from that set to stamp around the outer edge where the aperture would go. I embossed the swirls with white EP.

I layered everything up using 3d foam tape and added some dots of pastel blue cosmic shimmer glue to create little 'pearls' around the poppies. I also added a white crinkle ribbon bow topped with a paper rose in a silver bead cap. The crown charm and the butterfly were both painted with white gesso.

I'm also entering this in the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey: say it with words
Fussy and Fancy: Shabby Chic
Left of Centre: ribbon/flowers
Loves Rubber Stamps: anything goes
Pile it on: floral fantasy
Sugar Creek Hollow: make your own background

Thanks so much for visiting today, hope to see you again soon
Claire xx


  1. Oh WOW Claire! That is a truly beautiful card. I adore the way you've combined the ink/flake stamping like Kay and adding the aperture sets off those flowers beautifully. Round of applause from me. Jenny x

  2. Great card, love the technique you have used and it looks wonderful against that aperture!

  3. Beautiful card Claire and super techniques. thank you for sharing your card with us at SCH this time.

  4. stunning work claire - love this - so very beautiful xx

  5. Wow!! This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the technique you used to colored the stamp, it looks so beautiful. The ribbon and metal charm are so pretty too. Thanks for joining us over at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges! Hugs, Ivonne

  6. Claire, this is very pretty! That gold butterfly is stunning! Thank you for sharing your work with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  7. Super duper Claire the background paper enhances all your hard work perfectly.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

  8. Just gorgeous! Love how you have made an aperture in your lovely striped paper to create a frame for the sentiment.

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Crafty Cardmakers and More

  9. Love the delicate feel of your spring card; great work! Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow!

  10. All great minds!! I just posted a card using this stamp. Your card is spectacular! I love how you did the sentiment and the glitter frame. I also love your colors, butterfly and the bow too!

  11. Stunning make Claire. Love it.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers & More and Good Luck!
    Viv. CCM & M DT.

  12. What a gorgeous card this is! Thanks for joining in the Fussy and Fancy Challenge this fortnight.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    F & F DT

  13. A lovely design, thanks for your entry in the IndigoBlu challenge
    P xx

  14. Beautiful card. thank you for joining us at Craft Cardmakers and More! Cindy

  15. Such a beautiful creation. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Lydia xxx

  16. Such an elegant card. Love it. Thank You for joining us here at Loves Rubber Stamps this week.
    Good Luck, Dangina

  17. Beautiful card Claire, love the Blazing Poppies. So glad you liked the cards in the SC&P article. Thanks for joining in with the IndigoBlu Challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

  18. Gorgeous Claire!! Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Left of Center Creative Challenges this fortnight! Why not check out our latest challenge starting today! Mo dt coordinator xxx

  19. Thank you for joining in with my challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and more... I love the contrast of the delicate shades mixed with the brighter colours!


  20. Stunning Claire

    thanks for joining in the IndigoBlu Challenge


  21. Lovey card thank you for entering the indigoBlu challenge x

  22. congrats on being part of the top3 at Indigoblu!


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