Friday, 22 August 2014

Clearly Besotted Thank you card

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another weekend and in England it is our last Bank Holiday Weekend until Christmas:(  We have plans for a busy one, going out tonight, to friends for dinner tomorrow and family round for dinner on Sunday, so I hope Bank Holiday Monday will give us some down time and I'll get chance to play.

Sadly the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2 class has finished but I am still playing catch up and this is a card I made for Day 6 of class where the wonderful Laura Bassen showed us how to use outline stamps off the edge so they are cropped on the design. I came up with this card which was a thank you card for the wedding we recently attended.

I cut a Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 1 out of aqua mist card and stamped the orchid from the Clearly Besotted Thinking of You stamp set in Versamark ink, which I then embossed with white embossing powder. I stamped off the mat and tried to get the flower to frame it. I coloured the flowers with Copic markers and stamped and embossed the sentiment on the same panel. I placed the panel onto the larger white mat and then onto a rectangle cut from the Lil'Inker Stitched rectangle dies. The word 'thanks' from Clearly Besotted was die cut several times and stacked together to make a bigger impact on the card. A few pearls on the flowers finished it off.

What I learned:-

Cropping the images gives a very different look to stamps and means that you can use them on smaller projects.

Stacking die cut words gives a really bold effect but is a very sticky business!

Not to be afraid of cutting up sentiments so they will work for a particular card. The 'so much' on the mat was part of a long 'thanks so much' stamp that I cut apart, but I can always stamp them together again next time if I want.

I must put stamps back on the carrier sheet as soon as I have used them or I may have to spend an hour looking for them and then find them stuck to my elbow after I have given it up for lost!

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Simply Create Too - monochrome madness

Addicted to Stamping and More - CAS

Sister Act Challenge - anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Carol x


  1. This is gorgeous Carol I love that aqua its really lovely ..hope you have a great bank holiday weekend huggles Sue xxx

  2. Back again with my DT head on LOL thanks for joining us over at Sister Act Card Challenge Carol..hugs Sue DT xxx

  3. Beautiful card and such awesome colors. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  4. Oh this is stunning, Carol. I adore the colours you've used and how the flowers are stamped off the edge, just beautiful. I know exactly what you mean about putting stamps back when you've finished, I find them stuck to all sorts of things, one of them almost disappeared out the door on the cat! Thanks for joining in at ATSM this week, Anita x

  5. What a pretty orchid stamp and those pearls really set the image off.
    Thanks so much for joining us at ATSM this week. :)

  6. Ohhhh, Carol, how delicate, beautiful and exquisite! Wonderful peaceful color choice, and the technique is perfect for this delicate flower. Your layers and monochrome theme are lovely. Hope you enjoyed your holiday! xo

  7. I love all the hues of blue and the detail you used on you card. Thanks for playing along with Simply Create Too challenge no. 68, Mono Madness.
    We hope you'll join us again soon.
    Erica (Simply Create Too Design Team Member)

  8. This is so gorgeous, Carol ... beautiful colour palette, love how the image is curved round the die cut panel! Had a smile at your stamps-on-the-carrier-sheet learning point ... how many times have I had the same experience! Thanks so much for your sweet words on my Time Out CASE card ... hope you'll get chance to play along! Anita :)

  9. Oh, those flowers are absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors you chose and the layering of your sentiment does really make it pop. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along at ATSM. :)

  10. Carol: Love your beautiful card! Thank you for entering our Simply Create Too Challenge #68 - "Monochromatic Madness". And hope you drop back by this coming Friday (Aug 29th) for our new & exciting challenge. Also, we'll be contacting you before long about your DT Application--thank you for applying.

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  11. Wow, this is gorgeous, Carol. Beautiful design, coloring and monochromatic color scheme. Thanks so much for joining us for Simply Create Too Challenge #68.

  12. This is really gorgeous!! Love the color and added pearls! :)

  13. This card is rally stunning! Very neat indeed!
    Thank you for stopping by the other day and leaving a sweet comment!
    Ingrid x


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