Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Beauty of Life

Hi Bloggers.

This is my final card from the shows last Friday for a while as tomorrow I'll start sharing some cards from my shows on Monday. I do have a few more cards from this set to share - I'll pop them in later at some time.

This card is another re-vamp of a card we make with Sue at a workshop a few years ago. It uses the Faux Batik technique that is on her DVD if you're lucky enough to have a copy - I've used it many times.

So, for the faux batik background, I dusted a piece of Coconut White with my anti-static bag and then randomly stamped some of the flowers from the Creative Expressions Whimsical Floral Stamp Set using Perfect Medium. I stamped a few at a time and then added Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. When I had the coverage that I wanted, I heat set the embossing powder. I then folded the card this way and that and then turned it over and folded a few more times. With the right side up, I spritzed with some water. I put some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink onto my brayer and ran it diagonally across my background. I dried the brayer off and then applied some Barn Door Distress Ink and filled in the gaps. I used a kitchen towel to remove the excess ink from the embossed flowers. I put it aside to dry.

I stamped one of the large flowers from the stamp set 3 times using Cosmic Shimmer Coral Glow Aurora Embossing Powder from the Brights Set and cut them out with scissors leaving a border around them.

I cut a frame out of red card using the largest and the next but one largest of the Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles Die Set. I stamped the sentiment using Perfect Medium and embossed with the Coral Glow Aurora Powder. I cut it out using the Resplendent Rectangle die in between the ones used to cut the frame. I didn't bother to emboss the die cut as it would be hidden. I did ink the area around the sentiment with Barn Door using Cut n Dry Foam.

I assembled the card as shown adding some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in White around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by.

Julia,

29 comments:

  1. Good morning Julia just like to say that I think that this card is great its so fresh and bright. Looking forward to seeing the next set of cards. Julia you have given me so much inspiration in the last 12months. I would like to have sgo at doing this card if thats ok with you if thats ok with you. Take care. Xxx

    Debs Artliff

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  2. Hi Julia love this card can not wait for monday to see what you have instore for us crafters to try to do thankyou

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  3. Morning Julia

    Red is not usually the colour I turn to use, but, you open my eyes to how it can look. Another out of my comfort zone. Lovely. X

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  4. Hi Julia. The background is amazing. So much work but what a beautiful result. I do have Sues DVD but never had a go at this technique. After seeing your result I defo will.

    Val in Spain xxx

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  5. Ooh, you need to be brave doing that background, don't you. It looks great thought, so perhaps I'll have to try it (might practice first on a scrap of card though). Thanks for the idea.

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  6. Hi Julia, what a fabulous card. Love the background, I'm going to have to have a go at that! The colours you've used are great. S.x

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  7. Wow Julia I'm loving this card so bold and my favorite colour red another fantastic idea to try out, Thanks

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  8. love the cosmic shimmer brights.

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  9. Morning Julia. Love todays card very bright and cheery.
    Nancyd xx

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  10. Morning Julia,
    Great cheerful card love your background will have to try this.
    With the weather playing havoc hope you are able to get to the studio on Monday.
    Have a good day.
    Lydia
    X

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  11. Hi Julia, lovely card, like the background, have to try that. Bx

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  12. Ooh gota try this technique!

    Alice x

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  13. Sorry Julia to be negative but this card is not going in my top ten, I think it is the colour that jars with me, never mind can't please everyone etc etc. Have a safe journey Monday. Regards Jackie D

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  14. Not a faourite colour of mine to work with, but this looks stunning Julia.

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  15. Morning Julia, I also have Sue's DVD, but I have never tried this faux batik technique, but after seeing your card, will have to give this one a try. I have never used the colours you have used for a background before, but it gives a fantastic effect, I will have to be more adventurous. I love the effect of the frame by using next but one dies, it looks fabulous. I will have to re-watch the recorded shows for the folding bits ha ha.
    I do hope you can get to the studio on Monday, Julia, I know you said yesterday that your snow was about 6" deep on your patio table. I have just been out this morning brushing all my paths at the front, don't want anyone having any accidents at my expense ha ha. I do wish snow would be only on Christmas Cards ha ha.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  16. Hello Julia, A bright cheery card, the background is fabulous and love the colour. I have Sue's dvd but have not tried this technique, will definately be trying it now. Thanks for the inspiration. Looking forward to the shows on Monday.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

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  17. Lovely card Julia reminds me of the summer flowers to come hopefully if we get a decent summer. xx hazel

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  18. Morning Julia, lovely background and technique, look forward to seeing your demo's on monday. Still just heavy rain here in Cornwall, and more floods over night, i know everyone moaning about the snow but for us snow would be a nice change from the last 12 months of constant rain as when everyone had a drought last spring we didn't! Emma

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  19. Oooo - not sure about this one - the colours are a bit too brash for me, but a lovely technique which I haven't tried yet - inspite of owning that DVD! X

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  20. Hi Julia
    I live the design of this card but the colours well not too sure but done with lighter colour for me would be great, I can hear you saying " well can't please all of the people all of the time!"
    Hope all goes well with your new shows on C&C.
    Margaret

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  21. Hi Julia I really like this card,when I first looked at it ithought the red frame was a bit much against the background, but after looking at it a couple of times it's really grown on me!! This is another technique to add to the list of things indeed to try lol . Looking forward to your shows on Monday. Love Lesley x

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  22. Hi Julia I think the card is super the red is a nice rich colour,looking forward to seeing your next show,please drive carefully
    Smiles
    Ita

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  23. great card love the background.Laura O

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  24. hi Julia lovely to be back, love this card x

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  25. Fabulous! I really love the background - I must give this technique a go! xx

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  26. Hi Julia. I had seen this background before but had completely forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder. Red is my favourite colour so this one is a winner for me.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Joan B.

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  27. Hi Julia..Lovely card, love the colours, and the background. Thanks for all the inspiration you give us....

    Happy crafting
    Chrissie x x x

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  28. Julia,
    This is a lovely card. Good luck on the show. Cheers

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