Thursday, 2 February 2017



Hallo everyone!

We continue with our buildings
theme today and Jane Castle has
brought in a super greetings card
for us:

"For this card I began by making the background 
using various Distress Stains. 

As I wanted an area of sky and an area of 
greeny browns for the ground it was worked 
as 2 separate halves

For the sky I started with Blueprint Sketch, 
Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence, 
the ground area was just Forest Moss. 

The stains were dabbed onto a craft mat, 
sprayed with a little water and t
he card swished back and forth through the inks 
mixing as it goes.

This was then left to dry for about 5 mins 
before adding more layers.

This now had more of the stains mentioned above 
with the addition of Bundled Sage and Hickory Smoke to the bottom. 

This was left for an hour or so before starting the stamping
 to avoid any smudges.

As the background was larger than needed 
for the 15cm x 15cm card blank I was able to choose 
where the stamped images would look their best.

For the sun I added some Fossilized Amber Distress Ink 
using a make-up sponge before stamping 
the single flower stamp from Zinouk du Jardin. 

The London scene was then stamped using 
Versafine Onyx Black lightly stamping onto 
scrap paper to remove excess ink and
 then I inked the stamp again with Archival Sepia. 

Why I hear you ask? - I didnt want a flat black image 
or an all brown one and had tried various 
other shades but couldn't find just what I had in my head!

Once completely dry I then began to add some 
touches of colour to various buildings. 

This was done using a very fine paint brush and 
the translucent paints from the PaperArtsy Fresco range.

This was then left over night to thoroughly dry; 
the paint was not absorbed into the card 
as it was well coated in ink. 

Watered down Vintage Photo ink was painted 
to the base of the buildings before being trimmed to size.

The word London was stamped at the top 
in VersaMagic Pumkin Spice. 

The edges were first hi-lighted with a 
black marker pen and then the whole scene 
was stitched onto a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology card.

The words Travel, Explore and Discover from 
Crafty Individuals 221 were stamped onto a piece 
of background  trimmings, edged with the black pen 
and stuck on the right-hand side.

This London scene by Carabelle Studio is a 
very intricate design and stamps with such detail 
that it really doesn't need too much adding to it

Depending on the angle of the light various parts stand out
 more than others as the paint has sat ontop of the Distress Stains."

Materials Used:

Thank you Jane this would make a
beautiful card for the men in our lives
not to mention anyone else.........

Love these stamps - they are quite
detailed but stamp really well 

'till tomorrow

Mickie xx


  1. So love this stamp. Great card Jane. Happy crafting, Angela x

  2. It's funny, I mix the Sepia and Black Versafine all the time (I wish they had a shade darker than Versafine ready for me to use!)
    I love this background, totally sympathetic to the stamped image, and the Vintage/distressed feel. A great card Jane!

  3. A lovely card and the ink combination works perfectly xx

  4. I love the look of that London scene stamp, great example card.

  5. Thank you ladies for your very kind comments. It's a lovely stamp and lends itself to a great variety of different backgrounds. X

  6. Gorgeous card as usual Jane!! Finding this stamp difficult to use and colour myself... Great sample, thank you Jane! :) xx


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