Hello crafty friends. Today’s card uses the ‘daisy blooms’ stamps from Julie Hickey Designs – I’ve gone for a coloured card base, which I don’t do very often, thanks to the new palette over at CAS Colours & Sketches. I’ve picked up the ‘green thumb’ theme from The Paper Players and ’emboss’ from Less is More

I strated by making a 5×7 card blank out of ‘night of navy card, then used one of the new Claritystamp embedders to deboss a frame edge on the front. If you haven’t seen these, they’re shaped pieces of stencil plastic, which you lay onto your card, then run an embossing tool or bone folder around it from the reverse side. It’s such a great way to add a frame without putting additional layers on the card. Once the frame was embossed, I stamped the ‘daisy bloom’ with WOW clear ink and heat embossed it with metallic gold powder.

I then used the bleach technique to lift the colour from the petals and leaves – just using a waterbrush to stroke ordinary household bleach onto the card. I love this effect and the way it changes the colour of the cardstock.

I stamped the little butterflies from Julie’s ‘icons’ set onto the red card, embossed them in the gold and cut them out with the co-ordinating die. I glued them onto the flowers (one went onto the right hand leaves, where my bleaching effect was a bit scruffy!) I cut a banner from the red card, stamped & embossed the sentiment in gold & attached that across the stems with foam pads.

It felt so strange to be making a card with no white anywhere on it (and no green for a ‘green thumb’ theme!) but I rather like it.

10 thoughts on “bloom

  1. I like that you changed things up with a coloured card base Deborah which still allows for lots of ‘white space’ and this is a great way to showcase the bleach technique too. Thanks for playing over at The Paper Players and CAS Colours & Sketches this week!

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  2. I love color lifting and your bloom with the gold embossing is gorgeous! The debossed frame adds so much and I love the blue with the gold. A great design! Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

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