Monday, 5 January 2015

New Beginnings At Make My Monday

Hello there, I hope you all had a good weekend and managed to be a bit creative as I did. By the time this pops up I shall be back at work, not something I'm looking forward to having being off since Christmas Eve - groan!
Today sees the first challenge of 2015 over at Make My Monday and Jacqueline has chosen New Beginnings as the theme. I've gone a bit outside the box here inspired by some quotes I saw on Pinterest and I hope you like what I came up with.

I've done a little trick you might find useful here as I didn't have a stamp with the text I wanted to use so I had to get a bit creative.
What I did was to ink up part of an A4 sheet of card using Distress inks applied to a 15cm square acrylic block. I used Crushed Olive, Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar and Stormy Sky with a tiny swipe on the pink area with Picked Raspberry. I was thinking of the soft glow you sometimes get at the sun starts to rise. I dried it well with a heat gun and then ironed it flat with a dry iron.
I then typed the text in a Word document, checking the placement by first printing out on to plain paper. When I was happy with the positioning, I put my inked card in the manual feeder and printed the text onto it.
I trimmed the card to a panel to fit my square card blank and then stamped the meadow silhouette from a free Indigo Blu set which came with a magazine using Archival Jet Black ink. I stamped a tiny butterfly from the Crafty Individuals Elements Butterflies set with the same ink and coloured it with A Tombow marker.
I added the panel to a cream card blank and there it was - a clean and simple card! I didn't feel it needed anything else and hope you agree.

Have a great day and a good week.
Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
Quirky Crafts Challenge - Clean and Simple (hope it's CAS enough ladies)
Natalie and Amy  All Things New
Crafter's Cafe  New
Pink Gem  Something New
Crafty Calendar  What's New


brenda said...

Happy New Year Fliss and what a beauty of a card to kick start the year.

B x

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful card, love those delicate colours. Hugs, Valerie

Suzi B said...

Fabulous card Fliss, love the delicate colours and what a great reminder in these dark winter months of what is to come
Suzi B xx

Joan said...

Lovely fresh colours and a lovely quote

Jacqueline said...

A stunning card Fliss - great ink work - Jacqueline xx

Deborah said...

Love the dreamy quality of the sky, Fliss. I forgot about using an acrylic block - wish I'd done that with my blue card! Hope work wasn't too much of a shock :-)

Julia S-W said...

This is so lovely Fliss and I really like the idea of printing the text straight onto your card. Love how you've added the colours to your block too.
PS Do you have a 'follow me by email' button? I did look but either missed it or you don't have one! I'm trying to be a better visitor and it makes it so easy when a reminder pops up in your inbox! x

Julia S-W said...

Me again. Well done you. I do find it helps but I haven't been doing it long! Off to sign up for you :) x

Astrid Maclean said...

Beautiful make Fliss, a great theme and a beautiful interpretation! Love the delicate colours in the background!

Sorry I have not been around much lately but wishing you all the very best for the coming year!!

Marina said...

Love your text technique - brave, really, as I would be scared it would jam. Beautiful, atmospheric card.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us at Quirky Crafts. Good Luck in the voting, come back and see us soon! Lori - on behalf of the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog DT.