Saturday, 1 April 2017

Blue card

Hi there,
I seem to have lost a week last week, but I checked out the Muse blog earlier this week and thought about SonjaK's lovely card for Muse challenge 209.

I've had very little success with using craft card, but am often impressed by how others use it so well in their creations. My craft card 'creations' always look like brown cardboard - I have yet to master the art of using it to create an earthy, rustic feel.

However I love blue flowers.  I also love the combination of blue and orange that Sonja has included on her card, and how her hydrangea is framed by the oval even though it's outside the frame.

My daughter gave me some Faber-Castell paper crafter crayons for my birthday last year, not something I would have thought to buy for myself, but I love them. I have been playing around with using them as a resist with distress inks. and this is what I've done with my card.  I used a Jofy stamp and coloured it with oranges, yellows and greens.

Instead of using the blending tool I just splodged some tumbled glass, picket fence & shaded lilac on my craft sheet, flicked on some water & smeared them round with my finger & then pressed my crayoned flower picture into it.

I brushed a little perfect pearls over when the ink was slightly dryer (more noticeable on the card than the photo).

It was at this point that I realised my flower stem created an ovalish curve so I decided to cut it and see what happened. The closest I could get (comfortably) to craft was this pattered paper from my stash adding the twine looked right - and then I realised it sort of mirrored the strip of parchment on Sonja's card. 

I've really enjoyed this challenge - it's given me the chance to play more with a technique I enjoy and also experimenting further ... and finishing with a nice card just waiting for the right occasion :-)

I'm thinking some photography classes would be useful ... I took four photos to get this one & it's still a bit gloomy towards the top.


  1. Such a pretty and creative card Dianne!!!
    Beautiful combination of blue and orange. Love the image and the background you've created. Well done!
    Fabulous take on Sonja' card.

  2. So pretty! I love how you used the same colours and elements, but changed it so that it's yellow/orange flowers on a blue background! Thanks for joining us at Muse this week!

  3. Great to see how you've been inspired to make your very own creation form the elements I included in my card. If you find kraft difficult to handle try to combine it with cream colored cardstock. I think they always go great together.

  4. Love your pretty card. The 'splodged' background is fabulous. I am always wary of trying this type of thing - don't ask me why - it's just a piece of card, right? :-)

    1. Hi - thanks for the positive comments ... it's actually the first time I tried this ..normally I would use my blending tool and not have any white space in the background ... seems to have worked though I was prepared to start from scratch if it didn't ;-)