Saturday, 8 March 2014

Spring Flowers

Well, I was expecting all sorts of things for the one layer card challenge at Less is More but not spring flowers ... I have lots of nature stamps, but not really any spring flowers.
Also it is Autumn in New Zealand, so I was flumoxed for a while. Then I remembered one of the first stamps I ever bought. I played around with it and then left it for a while and started cleaning up some of my crafty detritus.

I had a light bulb moment when I came across some experiments I had tried a while ago and had forgotten about.  Lesley on her Paper Engineer blog asked us where we find our inspiration and I can now say that I find mine from cleaning up - perhaps I should try it more often.

Anyway here is my one layer Spring Flowers card

I used Tattered Rose and Antique linen distress ink pads to place a square of each onto the card surface. Then I  embossed my stamp image and coloured the petals with distress inks using some little eye make up applicators (picked up at a discount shop for chalking but turning out to be useful for so many things). The shadow and light on the photo is an indication of the lovely sunshine we are having here today - long may it last.
Here's a close-up of the flowers that shows the embossing and inking a bit better.

It is so satifying to see a finished card using ideas that grew from an experiment. I'm thinking that my mum would love a series of these because she likes having notecards to put in when she sends parcels to friends.

The image also looked nice under vellum ... but then it wouldn't be a one layer card.
And now I will go back to trying to make a card for a friend who likes cats .... I have been trying to pull the differnt components of it together for a few days now, so perhaps this success will loosen those inspirational flood-gates.
Cheers, Dianne


  1. Well done, your stamp that you found works perfectly for the challenge!
    Thanks for taking part in the one layer challenge at LIM this week
    Anne (Guest LIM commenter)

  2. lovely cards.

    Thanks for joining us this week
    Jen xx
    Less Is More

  3. Super card, love the distressed look

    Thank you for supporting LIM

  4. Great card and stamping Dianne, love it :) viv xx