Thursday, 11 May 2017

Artistically Asian Thank You Card

Hello, Crafters.

Sponging has never been a technique that I've liked but every now and again, a project just calls out for it! 

Today's card is one of them.

As I was working on this project, I remembered a video I made and called it Velvety Flowers.

I chose that name because I'd sponged the edges of the flower petals and it really did make them look like velvet! 

For today's card I've sponged the edges of the two layers for the flowers, the main two layers, the sentiment layer and the two coloured layers inside the card.

I chose the single flower stamp from the Artistically Asian Stamp Set and painted it with Marker Pens. 

For the two flower heads I used Sweet Sugarplum and for the stems and leaves I used Emerald Envy - both colours are from the 2016 - 2018 InColours. 

Before I stamped the image onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), I huffed onto the stamp to make sure it was all still nice and moist. 

Then I repeated the process and stamped the second image off to the right but lower than the first one.

The sentiment is from theThankful Thoughts Stamp Set. 

Initially, I heat embossed it in black on the flowers, hence the cover up! 
Yes, I made such a mess of it! 

I also heat embossed the bee from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set. 

I coloured the body using my Crushed Curry Marker Pen, the Smokey Slate Marker Pen for the wings and then painted all over using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.

Finally I fussy cut the bee, although if I did this card again, I'd do the bee straight onto the Whisper White Cardstock!

After having made a mess with the sentiment, I wasn't taking any chances with the bee!

I dry embossed the Emerald Envy top layer using the beautiful Petal Burst Embossing Folder. 

I finished the card with two Whisper White and one Emerald Green strips of ribbon wrapped around the lower half of the card. 

I experimented with adding some bows but decided against them, less is more! 

Inside the card I added a layer of Sweet Sugaplum, Emerald Envy and Whisper White Cardstock, but I didn't add any stamping.

All three stamp sets used are for this card are being carried forward into the new catalogue!

Looking at the finished card now, if I remade it, another change I'd make is to put the sentiment across the three strips of ribbon, not on the flowers!

That's it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Yes, I well remember that card that you sponged the edges with white kraft ink ... I made that project at the time (more than once). Sponging can be a bit messy and it does take some practice to get some nice effects but if anyone could master it, you could do it Jan ... you just may not like the mess! Your card is lovely. I tend to agree ... the sentiment below would look great too! TFS!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. You may be right! It would also explain why I haven't tried the shaving cream technique yet - something I was chatting about with a friend today! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.