Wednesday 21 August 2013

Wetlands with "painterly" background

Last night was my fur and feathers fundraiser and it was a lovely relaxing evening. I and the cats at Woodland Nook Cat Rescue are very grateful for the donations of food and cat litter, which were the "tickets" for the prize draw. And £5 from every registration fee will be donated to the shelter, too. Thank you!

We made two cards, each using a different background technique, plus a box of notecards. I was a bit unsure that everyone would get finished but they all did – with time to spare!

This was one of the cards we made, shamelessly CASEd from demonstrator Nicky Dexter. The technique is a little daunting but I urge you to have a go.

All you do is take a piece of Whisper White cardstock and “swipe” your ink pad across it. It’s actually easier with the old-style pads but you get some lovely effects with the new firm foam pads, too. Here I’ve used Soft Sky (what else?) for the sky, a swipe of Smoky Slate across the centre and some Crumb Cake or Sahara Sand (sorry, can’t remember) across the lower section of the card.

It looked HORRIBLE but I persevered and stamped on the sandpipers… and then all of a sudden it had a painterly quality and looked exactly like a beach with clouds in the sky. Great for a masculine card, I think – or if you want to send one to me, as I absolutely love beach scenes.

Stamps: Wetlands
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake (probably), Black Stazon
Accessories: Linen Thread


  1. oh wow! what a gorgeous card! ...and I am now even more sorry I couldn't make it. Will definitely be having a go.

  2. Had a lovely, relaxing evening making these projects. My background for this card looked awful until I added the sandpipers then I loved it. I can't wait to have another go using a different stamp set. ( while I wait for the September order to get my own Wetlands)

  3. Love, love love this card we made and you're right Karen it was amazing how the card was transformed once the sandpiper's were stamped on it. Thankfully I bought 'Wetlands' this month and the weekend can't come quickly enough for me to make some more versions. It was a great night and I really enjoyed it too.

  4. I love beach scenes, too, and this one turned out wonderfully!
    And I have a birthday coming up soon. Ferreals. I'm sure that card would love to travel across the Atlantic. Just sayin'. ;)

  5. Love this card! Cased it to make a birthdaycard for my sister in law.

    1. Thank you! And thank you for reminding me of this technique by commenting on my card. I'm so glad this project is still inspiring people 18 months after I made it.

  6. I think your looks better than Nicky's. xx


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