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!