Tuesday 16 May 2017

Tatty Sunflowers

Hi Bloggers.

Here's today's card -

The background technique on this one is another that I've taken from Dyan Reaveley's Guide to Art Journalling Book. I did demo this on Hochanda on 10th May - 4pm show, I think, if you want to watch it on catch up.

I started by misting a piece of Watercolour Card with Phill Martin's CS Vintage Blue Ink Spray Mist. I blotted it off with Kitchen Roll, misted again and blotted again. I placed the Droplets Mask on top, on one side and misted with water. I picked the mask up and turned it over and popped it on the other side of my background, so that the water lying on the mask was now touching my background. I removed the mask and blotted the whole area with Kitchen Roll.

I misted through the Heroic Mask with Phill Martin's CS Old Gold Mister onto one side of my background. I turned the over and popped it on the other side of my background, so that the ink lying on the mask was now touching my background. I blotted off with Kitchen Roll.

Finally, I misted through small sections of the Every Which Way Mask with the Vintage Blue Ink Spray Mist. Once again, I blotted with Kitchen Roll.

I used approx half of my background. I dusted with an Anti-Static Bag and stamped the Woodware Tatty Sunflowers using Clear Perfect Medium. I embossed with CS True White Detail Embossing Powder. I popped some Vintage Blue Ink Spray Mist into a Water Brush and used it to paint in the centre of the flowers. I popped some Old Gold Mister into a Water Brush and used it to paint in the petals of the flowers.

I painted the leaves using the CS Essentials Watercolour Palette and a Water Brush.

I edged the background with Clear Perfect Medium by running a Clear Perfect Medium Pen along my Tim Holtz Ruler. I added CS Sea Turtle Brilliant Sparkle Embossing Powder and heat set.

I finished my card by matting onto Black Card and popping onto a Coconut White Card blank.

Lisa Horton is continuing with her One Day Special on Hochanda today with shows at 9am, 12noon, 4pm and 7pm. You can find the items I have from the shows on my website here. There's 10% off everything (excluding workshops) on my website till midnight on Friday as I'm away for a few days. Orders will be posted out from Friday afternoon onwards. Discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

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  1. Morning Julia, watched this demo with interest, really great results on the background, and no waste too. A lovely card. have a great day, and enjoy your time off. Bx

  2. Hi Julia
    Love this card again today.Such fun.
    Jan x

  3. Good morning Julia today's card is gorgeous I love that stamp. I hope you are doing something nice. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. Love this card, it's brilliant.


  5. Good Morning Julia .. Beautiful card this morning and stunning back ground. I remember you doing this back ground on Hochanda .... Wendy

  6. Morning Julia, lovely card today

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

  7. Morning Julia,
    Lovely card, I do like the stamp.

  8. Lovely card Julia and great background.
    Marion S x

  9. What a gorgeous background, Julia, and I love the card.

    Anne (Northampton)

  10. This was one of my favourite (one of many favourites!) demos you did on Hochanda You are definitely the Queen of backgrounds I try to keep notes but it's so handy having a blog page to refer back to

  11. A complicated but very effective background. Beautiful card as every.


  12. I remember this I liked it then lovely card love June horrocks xxxxx

  13. Hi Julia

    Gorgeous background and what a cute way to use the stamped flowers!

    June x

  14. Morning Julia, I have just watched how you created this card on Hochanda, fabulous !! The background is amazing and I adore how you did the 'faux' mat with the sparkle embossing powder, that one looked stunning, and your finished card was gorgeous.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  15. Amazing amazing background again today Julia, love it....super little card...luv Ursula xx

  16. Hello Julia.

    Lovely Card. I really like that you have included a picture of your background pre-decorated, it is really great. The faux matting is a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes

  17. Gorgeous card Julia. Like how you make the backgrounds for your cards lately.
    Maria x

  18. Great tutorial on how to do the background - must try this. It is a lovely card. Thank you Julia.

  19. Hi Julia What a fabulous card I love the background where do you manage to get all your ideas for these techniques from they are amazing. I also like the way you have made the sparkly edge its so neat!

  20. Lovely. Just got my pick and mix today

  21. Julia this is such a lovely card and i love the colours.

  22. Lovely card Julia and brilliant background. Thank you.


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