Sunday, 13 January 2013

Whoever Loves a Garden

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I stamped the dandelion from the Creative Expressions Natures Wonders Stamp Set using Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. They weren't stamped randomly but I made sure each row was offset slightly. I made sure the ink was dry, dusted the area with my anti-static bag and then stamped a butterfly from the same stamp set a few times using Perfect Medium. I added Cosmic Shimmer Ancient Copper Metallic Embossing Powder from the Metallics & Darks Set. I ran the background through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Alora Embossing Folder. I ran it through a second time to extend the pattern (the ribbon hides the join on this one) and inked around the edges with Rusty Hinge using Cut n Dry Foam. I wrapped some Champagne Wrinkled Edge Ribbon and some London Tan American Seam Binding around where the join of the embossing folder pattern was.

I stamped the main image from the Creative Expressions Butterfly Kiss Stamp Set using Perfect Medium and embossed with the Cosmic Shimmer Ancient Copper Metallic Embossing Powder. I stamped it 3 times in total. One of them I left intact and cut out using Spellbinders Square Swatches and inked through the die with Rusty Hinge. On another I cut out the centre panel with scissors and inked around the edges with Rusty Hinge. In the last one, I just cut out the butterflies from the central panel and coloured them with Rusty Hinge.

I stamped the sentiment from the Natures Wonders Stamp Set, again using Perfect Medium and embossed with Ancient Copper. I cut it out using Spellbinders Wavy Rectangles and inked through the die with Rusty Hinge. I tied a bow with 2 lengths of the Champagne Ribbon and added a Light Brown Dazzler.

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

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. I really will have to try some backgrounds the way you do this one, it's so effective I could probably stop buying patterned papers! Spent a fortune last night on the CHA shows, so I'm dying for everything to arrive now.

  2. Totally adore the cosmic shimmer embossing powders, you have certainly been showing them in all their glory!! I've bought a pack of metalics and darks so can't wait for them to arrive so I can try them for myself.

    Alice x

  3. Morning Julia....Very pretty card. Love the background...must invest in some of these cosmic shimmer powders.

    Happy crafting
    Chrissie x x x

  4. Morning julia must invest in some nore backgroung embrossing dies and cosmic shimmers and get my heat gun out more love the card

  5. Julia,
    Thanks for these tips I didn't think I could stamp and later emboss. Amazing effects. Thank you

  6. Hi Julia, love the colours used for today's card
    , warm and inviting. I have the embossing powders so looking forward to having a play. Love the layered effect on the main stamped image. Lol Lynne M x

  7. Hi Julia. These are such lovely stamps. Sitting on my hands at the moment and not buying any craft goodies this month. There is so much stuff I need to buy but I'm going to be strong and resist. Well, thats the plan up to now!

    Hope you're cold is better.

    Val in Spain xxx

  8. Morning Julia, This card is stunning, I love all the background stamping and embossing, and the focal point is absolutely beautiful. You are the 'Queen of Backgrounds' and I love them all, so inspirational. I love these autumn colours you have used too.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  9. Morning Julia, another lovely stamped and embossed card. Emma

  10. Hi Julia, this card is really beautiful, I love using copper colours, as they just seem to add a wow factor. Bx

  11. Morning Julia,
    Lovely warm colours and the background as always is superb. Beautiful finished car.

  12. Good morning Julia
    What a lovely warm looking card and as always great instructions. Do hope you are feeling a little better. Still keep smiling when I remember your show on Friday when you told Martin to shut up! Well done take care.

  13. Morning Julia nice card like the sentiment xx hazel

  14. Hi Julia,

    Missed a couple of days but did see your show on Friday and like everyone else was so pleased when you told Martyn to shut up and we were then able to enjoy your demonstration. Today's card is so full of techniques but so beautiful. Rusty Hinge is a favourite of mine. Regards, Jackie D


  15. Morning Julia,

    Super card so full of details. X

  16. Hi Julia,
    Yes you are 'Queen of Backgrounds' lovely detail. the copper powder is stunning. Great card.
    Have a lovely day.

  17. Lovely background Julia and I really like the colours on this one

    xx Sandra

  18. Hello Julia, The background is fabulous, you truly are the Queen of Backgrounds. Love the autumnal colours the copper is so rich and warm.
    Hope you are feeling better.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  19. Hi Julia
    Anothe stunner

  20. another fantastic background ,and great colours.Laura O

  21. Great card, fantastic background

  22. I love the copper embossing on this card Julia. Got my heat gun out for the first time in ages to make a "new hip" card for a friend. Must do more of it as it's so effective. X

  23. Hi Julia,
    I love the colours on the card today. It's beautiful.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Joan B.

  24. Hi Julia, absolutely beautiful card Julia, you always create such wonderful backgrounds, Carole Z X

  25. Hi Julia
    What a beautiful card I love butterflies the copper embossing powder too.

  26. Hi again Julia
    I wanted to ask if you can tell me if you heat emboss from the top or underneath the card as I've seen people do both and I'm not sure what you are meant to do and when?
    I do love this card

    1. I do it from the top as I tend to get too close and burn it if I do it from underneath. It's sometimes smoother if you do it from below.


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