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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Clarity Stamp Challenge No 36 - Love

After my panic last month, getting my entry in at the very last minute, I am trying to be more organised in February.  This is quite a mixed card, with stamping and parchment together.  

I started with one of my mop up sheets (mopping up left over inks off the blending mat) and stamped the Clarity garden heart at an angle in the middle.  Then I traced the whole thing onto parchment and embossed it.  I coloured the image on the card and then enhanced it by colouring the back of the parchment to blend with the embossing.  I also did add black to the front of the parchment to make the birds stand out more.

The final enhancement was to go right round the whole image on the front to make it stand out more, using a dark blue pencil, to try to make it look as though it was padded.  I used black card for the matting and layering as well as another mop up sheet with similar colouring before adding the ribbon on two corners.

Getting the ribbon from my local craft shop, Pink Tulip at Studley (so helpful and friendly) actually saved me a lot of money in a strange way.  When I got back from that very short journey, I realised that one wheel on the motor was very hot, so that was an emergency trip to the local Land Rover specialist.  The calipers on that wheel has seized, but fortunately I had taken it in just in time to avoid very expensive damage to the discs.  Job now done and vehicle back home.  Just in time to do the much longer and potentially what could have been a very damaging journey to Maria's class.

16 comments:

carols handmade cards said...

I love the effect of this card the background is lovely. Thank you for entering the challenge and the best of luck.xx

Debbie Rock said...

Really LOVE it Maggie ... it does, indeed, look padded and as a fan of mop-ups I LOVE the background too. Your LOVE of colouring clearly shows here. Glad I won't be having to push the Disco on Sunday! LOVE Debbie xXx

Mrs A. said...

I love how delicate the parchment looks on your heart. It was lucky that your jorney was
only a short one and fixed before it got into a more expensive repair. Hugs Mrs A.

Jackie Couling said...

Lovely, as always, Maggie. Thanks for the blog, one day I'll manage it! x x

crafty said...

Nice colourful parchment nicely done good luck in the clarity challenge xx

Dora said...

Hello Maggie,
That heart is beautiful made. Perfect card.

Shelagh Metselaar said...

Much work has gone into this, not least the tracing! Like how you have have combined different styles. Best wishes in this month's challenge. ;~}

Alison Thorne said...

Lovely card Maggie .. I'm afraid I a nowhere near organised enough to join in any challenge. Maybe something I should work on? See you Sunday, weather permitting xx

Naomi said...

Lovely card Maggie, so glad you saved yourself a hugh bill too. Good luck.

Linda Page said...

A lovely card Maggie wow you are organised this month. Lots of very clever work here . Good luck and thanks for entering the Claritystamp challenge

Lesley Walden said...

Lovely design Maggie. You have clearly thought about every detail and showed that stamping and parchment do go together well. x

Lesley Walden said...

Sorry Maggie, forgot to wish you good luck in the challenge x

Mrs P said...

Beautiful Maggie - I love your entry for this month's challenge. Wishing you luck in the draw. x

Angela Simpson said...

A lovely piece Maggie. Thanks for joining the Clarity challenge this month. Good luck! x

Barbara Lancaster said...

What a great 3d effect you have achieved here Maggie with clever shading and colouring. I love it. Thanks for entering the Clarity challenge, and good luck. Xxx

Lynne Bishop said...

You certainly achieved a padded effect with this card Maggie. It is very clever and must have taken you a little while to create. Well done and Good Luck in the challenge. xx