Sunday, 22 July 2012

Very Inky And Messy

Hello folks, hoping you're having a lovely day of sunshine as we have here with a brief appearance of summer and hoping it lasts a bit.
I'm here today with my rather late DT piece for Fashionable Stamping Challenges current theme - Let's Get Messy & Inky which I couldn't do last weekend due to my sinus troubles (which have decided to come back too!) but this time I decided to just get on with what I have to do.


I made the background paper for my card using a Julia Andrus mottled paper technique from her lovely book Paper Transformed and although I couldn't make it do exactly what Julia's sample did (hers was a lot more mottled) I'm quite pleased with the effect I did achieve. I used Shabby Shutters, Victorian Velvet and Wild Honey for the technique and added Crushed Olive round the edges afterwards.
I stamped on the flourish style flowers (Kanban Birds of Paradise clear stamp set) with Memories Delicate Rose.
I then die cut the cage and bird by Tim Holtz from thick white card. I inked the cage with Frayed Burlap Distress ink then with embossing ink and embossed with Stampendous Frantage Aged Silver Embossing Powder (I think this is just gorgeous!).
I coloured the bird and wings with a mix of Promarkers and Distress inks ad added him to the card with the cage.
I die cut a flourish with a Marianne die from white card and inked this with the rose ink to finish off my card.

If you haven't yet entered the FSC challenge you still have a few days left so why not give it a try - I can't think of anything more fun craft wise than getting inky!
Hugs, Fliss xx

Challenges for my card:
Samuel Taylor's - Die Cuts
Crazy Amigo's Challenge - Free Theme
Simon Says Stamp and Show - No Rules!
Stamptacular Sunday - To Die For (2 or more dies)

18 comments:

  1. Lovely card, great colours, too! Being inky is always a good feeling! Hope you soon feel better! Valerie

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  2. Saw the picture of this come up on Blogger and fell in love instantly Fliss. This is one of my favourite cards of all times, and I don't say that lightly. The colours are perfect, the floral stamp is to die for (off to search it out next) and the bird, cage and floral die cut just make the whole thing sing to me.
    Gotta get on with my inky entry - it's next on the list so the housework will just have to wait :D
    Thanks for sharing, hugs Buttons x

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  3. Gorgeous card, I love your mottled background combined with the cage and bird. Love the floral image too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  4. This is a treasure Fliss especially as you don't feel well. Thank you sweets and get weel soon.

    Hugs Shirley x x

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  5. I meant well hunny, but hope the weel made you laugh.

    Hugs Shirley x x

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  6. Wow I have been missing out, this is gorgeous Fliss, loving the vintagy feel of it and the colours and texture.
    Thanks for your comment my friend, no need to worry, i have been just as lapse for similar reasons. I hope you are feeling better now though.

    Hugs June x

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  7. Such a beautiful card, love how the swirl comes out of the cage. You've colored the bird fantastic.

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  8. Hi Fliss...I absolutely love the mottled background!!! Do you have a link for this? The colours are beautiful and the burgundy stamping blends so well with the victorian velvet and greens...gorgeous.
    Hope you are feeling heaps better soon Fliss (((cyber hugs)))
    Dot x

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous card. Love the mottled background so effective. Hope you feel better soon. XX

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  10. Hi Fliss - gorgeous card - especially your hand made background paper - Jacqueline xx

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  11. What a great card! I love the image and how you designed your card sketch, and, oh my, you do have such great "dies" here... Thanks so much for playing with us at Stamptacular Sundays. We are so excited to add a new feature to our challenges- each week there will be "Top 3 Winners" in addition to the random prize drawing! We hope you join us again next week for another great challenge, prizes and a chance to be on our Top 3 list! Good Luck! xxx Ann Marie

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  12. Hi Fliss, what a fabulous background technique, love the colours and the flourish flower compliments this beautifully. Love your colouring on the die cuts.
    Hope you're feeling better.
    Avril xx

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  13. WOW!!!! i just love this card Fliss
    Sandra x

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  14. Fabulous Fliss, love the stamped background and the colours you have chosen.
    Hope your sinus problems go away soon.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  15. Nothing else to say Fliss except for "gorgeous" xx

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  16. Lovely Fliss...love the dark red so much on this creation.

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  17. Fliss, I love how you used this birdie and cage! Stunning card! Sure hope you are feeling better!

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Fliss xx