Hello there. I’ve been a very sporadic blogger over the last few weeks thanks to several trips away (including a fabulous couple of days at Claritystamp’s crafting retreat – more of that another time) but I managed to find a bit of time this afternoon to make a few cards. I picked up the palette from The Paper Players (using red for my pop of colour) for the ladybird stamp from Clarity’s ‘blooming corner & insects’ set, thanks to the theme over at AAA cards. I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches as well – it really worked for a CAS scheme.

The first step was to emboss a small square frame onto a piece of white card. Clarity have a great set of ’embedders’ for this technique, but they were a bit too large for my card so I used the centre from the new ‘retro squares’ stencil instead. I attached it to the front of the card with a bit of low tack tape, then flipped it over and ran an embossing tool around the square on the reverse of the card. It gives you a lovely embossed frame.

I stamped the little ladybird three times in the corner of the frame, then coloured them using a red marker pen.

I thought they looked a little flat so added shadow around them with a light grey pencil.

I finished by running a black Sharpie around the piece of card, then attached it to an A6 card blank.

Thanks for dropping in. I hope I haven’t confused my American friends too much with the title of this post – these are ladybirds in the UK, but ladybugs in the US. Two countries divided by a common language, as George Bernard Shaw once said!

9 thoughts on “ladybirds

  1. I personally think that ladybirds is a MUCH prettier name for these pretty little ones. Love how your little trio pops on the clean layout. So pretty! Thanks so much for joining us this week and playing along with my color challenge over at The Paper Players!

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  2. How cute! I love the simple touch of how you created a frame for this little ladybugs!!!! (Although ladybirds seems so much more fitting for those sweet little “bugs”) Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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