Thursday 18 August 2016

True Friend

Hi Bloggers.

Wow! That was a busy set of shows! Sorry the background stamps sold out so quickly. Back at it today - catching up with website orders and prepping for my shows next week. Please be patient with the website orders - there are quite alot to get through and I may not manage them all today. It may take me till the weekend to catch up. I have ordered some more of the stamps that I've sold out of but I may not get them till early next week.

Here's today's card -

For the background, I used a piece of Heat Emboss Acetate. I added some CS Clear Varnish Lacquer. I sprinkled Pewter CS Pixie Powder over and spread it around using my fingers (you can do this with a brush but make sure you wash your brush immediately). I then sprinkled some Peacock Green CS Pixie Powder over and added some Sparkle Star CS Diamond Frost. I scrunched a piece of White Tissue Paper up, opened it out and added it to my background, tapping it down carefully with a piece of Kitchen Roll. I put it aside to dry (approx an hour - it dries quicker than the Caught in Crystal Technique as you have spread the lacquer out). Do not remove the tissue paper - it's there to add texture.

Once dry, I dusted over the front of the acetate with an Anti Static Bag and stamped one of the flower heads from the Justrite Floral Silhouettes One Stamp Set several times using Clear Perfect Medium, added Black Mirage CS Brilliant Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set.

I made a frame out of Steel Pearl Card using Sue Wilson's Double Pierced Rectangles and Double Pierced Rectangles Set B. I added it to my background using 3D Foam Tape and trimmed away the excess background carefully using scissors.

I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Circle of Friends Stamp Set onto Steel Pearl Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with CS Black Detail Embossing Powder. I cut it out using a die from the Justrite A2 Butterfly Garden Die Set.

I spritzed a piece of Watercolour Card with water and added the same 2 Pixie Powders. Once dry, I cut butterfly circle from the same die set out of it.

I stamped the outline poppy stamp from the Justrite Multi-Step Poppies Stamp Set onto Steel Card using Clear Perfect Medium and embossed with Black Detail Powder - I stamped 1 flower twice and another flower once. I cut them out using scissors.

I cut a pair of leaves from my Pixie'd Watercolour Card using Sue Wilson's Maidenhair Fern Die Set.

I completed the card by matting onto Coconut White Card and then Steel Pearl Card.

Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Morning Julia, beautiful card today, the colours are so vibrant, love it.

    I got my order yesterday thank you

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  2. Good Morning Julia, Beautiful card, love everything about it.
    That embossing powder looks stunning. Marion S x

  3. Morning Julia, a gorgeous card the pixie powders are fabulous.
    Nancyd xx

  4. Sunning background Julia, and makes a lovely card!
    Maggie B xx

  5. Morning Julia.
    Thank you great shows and beautiful cards.
    Take care Kitty.

  6. I love the background Julia.
    I have yet to watch your shows from yesterday xx

  7. Hi Julia
    A gorgeous card. Brilliant demos on Hochanda, thank you for the inspiration.
    B xx

  8. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous I love the background I really must try that technique. Your shows were brilliant. It sounds like you are very busy. Have a great day. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  11. Lovely card today Julia, especially the background. The poppy stamps you demoed at 1900 were beautiful.

  12. Hi Julia and crafters all,
    Beautiful card today, love the black embossed flowers. Background very pretty.
    Thank you Julia for my freebie giveaway card which arrived yesterday, much better than the photo!
    Love and crafty hugs,
    Tina T xxxx

  13. Gorgeous card, can't wait to watch your shows. I have a day off work today & am going to Southport Flower Show so will watch your shows this evening.


  14. Hi Julia, a stunning card today and so love that back ground and how you created it. I watched you make that back ground on telly and i am going to try this technic, so pretty. Enjoyed your shows, brilliant tips given too, TFS....Love Rosie xxxxx

  15. Catching up on the shows Love the colours you have chosen on this one

  16. Hi Julia
    My favourite colour. Love it!
    Anne M xxx

  17. Hi Julia,
    Stunning card lovely vibrant colours, brilliant shows.
    Love Janet X
    From Wakefield

  18. Love the card Julia the colours are just beautiful the shows were brill thank you
    Love June Horrocks xxxx

  19. I loved your demo of this on TV and must have a go at the background - love it
    Sue M

  20. Must have another go at this background technique. Lovely card, Julia.

    Anne (Northampton)

  21. Wonderful card Julia, loved the shows yesterday, lots of lovely demos

  22. Hi Julia, the shows were fantastic, loaded with ideas and inspiration as always. Love this card and the background. Have a great day. Bx

  23. Hi Julia. Didn't get home till late last night so got all your shows to catch up with. Looking forward to watching today. Sounds like you did a great job. SueL x

  24. Great card Julia - love the look of the poppies stamp - must try to watch some of the shows I have taped soon or I'll run out of space !!

  25. Lovely card Julia. Like those poppies. Might have to buy those. Thank you for sharing this.

  26. Just love the card and fab choice of colours xx

  27. Good Afternoon Julia, a beautiful card and I love that background its a very strong colour choice but it gives it a lot of zing. I hope your dad is ok and you are coping worrying about him and your work. hugs Shirleyxx

  28. Lovely card julia x the background looks stunning x
    Theresa w x

  29. Hello Julia.

    I'm not a huge green fan but this is lovely, I might be changing my mind, lol. The background is so vibrant and I think the simpler flowers contrast so well. Thanks for sharing.

    I didn't manage to see any of your shows but I will be watching on catchup, I hope you enjoyed them.

    Best wishes

  30. Yesterday and today - 2 great background ideas in great colour combos. I still have yellow alcohol ink on my thumb nail from my Saturday class and blue intense cosmic shimmer under a middle finger nail from your Sunday class. Found the alcohol hand rub at work has helped with the thumb nail, any ideas for the cosmic shimmer intense ink.

  31. Hi Julia, A stunning card, great colour combo.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  32. Lovely card and great colours. Glad you put the instructions here as I had forgotten how to do it from our workshop last month. Can now write them up on my 'craft book'. Still catching up with the shows but have enjoyed what I have see so far as always.


  33. Love this card. It was so much fun doing this technique at the work shop ( less mess at home ) :-)
    Maria x

  34. gorgeous card Julia. Love the vibrant colours. X

  35. Very pretty card Julia, love the background colours. Anne x


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