Monday, 8 January 2018

Naturally Eclectic Card Overlays

Hello, Crafters. 

I hope you've enjoyed a great weekend.

Yesterday I decided to make a card using the Naturally Eclectic Card Overlays I received from my team leader, Natalie, as a small gift for being the top recruiter in the  team in December!

I've never used overlays before, and I really wasn't sure what to do with them! So I did the sensible thing and went onto Pinterest for inspiration! 

I only found about six cards, which indicated to me that I wasn't the only one who wasn't sure what to do them!
I'm not easily defeated, so I thought I'd have a go and see where it takes me. 

I'm not totally pleased with my finished card, but I recognise what's not quite right, and what I could have done, which would have made it better. However, as this was my first attempt, I'm not going to beat myself up about it; so let me explain what I did! 

The pack of overlays come in a pack of twelve, that's three different designs, with two gold and two white overlays for each design. 

I decided to go with one of the gold designs first as I prefer the white, and felt that if I was going to waste one, I'd rather waste gold!

I chose to use the bouquest of flowers in the Southern Serenade Stamp Set, and stamped it in the centre of a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) layer, using Basic Black Archival Ink.

I coloured the leaves and the calyx using my Wild Wasabi Marker Pen. Next I coloured the flowers with my Sweet Sugarplum Marker Pen, by painting around the inside edge of each petal twice, then a light colouring over the white centres of the petals. I finished the flowers by colouring the stamens with my Daffodil Delight Marker Pen. 

I stamped the sentiment off to the right of the flower, rather than directly above the bouquet as I didn't want my card loooking as if I was building a tower!

I took a card base of Whisper White CS, two Sweet Sugarplum layers - one for inside and one for outside the card - and one more top Whisper White CS layer for the inside. 

I decorated this by heat embossing the "lace" border stamp, as well as the single flower on a stem using Gold Embossing Powder.

The Card Overlays come with protective sheets back and front, which is an excellent idea!  

Leaving the protective sheets in place, I put  the overlay onto the image layer and marked where I needed to trim it down.

I cut these edges off, removed the protective sheet from the back of the overlay, and put a tiny dot of Tombow on each leaf. 

I dabbed the dots that I felt were a bit too large with a piece of kitchen roll, and adhered the overlay to the top layer. 

I went back to my guillotine to cut off small amounts that were coming over the edge.
Next I adhered this to the cardbase.

I finished off with a gold heat embossed bow from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set, which I painted with a gold Sharpie pen and then I fussy cut it. I adhered it to the overlay using Dimensionals.  

Now I need to have another go at using overlays! If you've used overlays, and can offer me any hints or tips, please leave a comment in the box below! ☺☺☺

That's about it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Well, I happen to think you managed this "challenge" just fine, Jan! It's quite lovely and I thought the bow and colouring it with the gold Sharpie was a brilliant move too! I'd rate your first attempt with the overlays a success! Thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. Many thanks for your very kind words. I'll have to have another go at this technique - I have another eleven overlays! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.