Monday, 21 September 2015

Nature At Make My Monday

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It's been really lovely here, warm and sunny the whole time for once!
We have a new challenge today over at Make My Monday and this week I picked the theme and I chose a favourite of mine, NATURE. I hope you like my inspiration.

I made my background paper first with a square of thick watercolour paper which I sprayed with water and then swiped on Distress Stains in Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold. I dried this off and then stamped on the large fern leaf sprig from the Hero Arts Fern stamp and die set with VersaFine Spanish Moss. I stamped some on scrap paper first for a faded effect.
I cut a slightly larger square of recycled greyboard and inked round the edges with Distress Embossing Ink then heat embossed with Fran-tage Aged Green Embossing Enamel. I distressed the edges of my background paper with an emery board and added this to the greyboard panel.
I stamped the kingfisher on thick smooth cartridge paper with Memories black ink and then coloured him with Tombow markers and pastel pencils. I cut him out to leave a narrow off white border.
I made the distressed panel by applying Tumbled Glass Distress ink to a rectangle of the cartridge paper direct from the pad and then stamped on the Kaisercraft Wood Panel stamp with Weathered Wood DI and embossed with the Cuttlebug distressed stripes folder and swiped the ink on the raised areas.
The embellishments were made by  stamping the fern with the moss ink and the dragonflies with VersaFine Deep Lagoon. I then coloured the 2 dragonflies with Tombow markers then cut them out with the die and sponged with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with sparkly powder. The fern was die cut and because of the large white areas left, I sponged on some Crushed Olive DI to make them blend in.
I assembled the panel as you see with a mix of double sided and foam tape. I finished off with some twisted green chiffon ribbon.

I hope you can join in as we'd love to see your interpretation of the theme.

Have a great week,
Fliss xx


Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful card, nature is a great theme, too. Hugs, Valerie

Joan said...

Lovely card Fliss, love the depth of stamping with the fern stamp and the beautiful kingfisher


Inky and Quirky said...

Sweet card Fliss and yes you're right.....a lovely sunny weekend for once!
Donna xxx

craftytrog said...

Beautiful card Fliss, I love kingfishers! xx

Marina said...

I love that beautiful bird and your whole card has a natural , earthy feel.

Deborah said...

There's something oriental about your beautiful card, fliss. I think it's the green foliage and the feeling of serenity.

Joan said...

Your card is fantastic!! I love all the elements of nature you've combined - so lovely!!!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Stunning, the background, the colours and also the way you coloured the images so perfectly.

butterfly said...

Is there a better theme than Nature?! Love your bold kingfisher and lovely sunshine infused background.
Alison xx