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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spring has sprun...

Well, not quite, but it has over at Less is more. The week three challenge is spring. 
I didn't post last week because I was way too busy getting ready for a major event at work, which was held Feb 19. It was a huge hit, and thankfully, Monday was a holiday. I took advantage of it and retreated to my crafty area, and made several cards. 

I got a couple of new Tim Holtz stamps in the mail last week, and couldn't wait to play with them. 

This one is probably my favourite. 

The colour really jumped out at me when I was deciding the colours to use.

It took no time to do, but it was a multi-step process.

First, I stamped the background in black ink and clear embossed it.
Then, I wet the paper, and smooshed distress inks all over it, wet it and crumpled the paper. I then wet it again, added some more ink, blotted the paper with a paper towel and gently (VERY gently) rolled it between my hands like I was making a play dough worm. As a result, the paper is rather leathery. I then dried it a little with my heat tool, and ironed it to smooth it out a bit. 
As it was embossed, I ironed it face-down on a piece of cardstock and very carefully lifted it off. 

Here's a close-up of the stamp- it shows the paper off a little better.

I then cut out around the stamp, ran it through my xyron and added a black mat behind. The three brads on the top give it a bit more dimension. 

The paper, I think is Stampin' up, but I don't have the package any more, so can't be sure. I think the greens in the background go well with the card. I usually do a white card, but decided to make it all green. 

I have several other cards to share, and will do that in the next little bit. 


  1. Wow that's a lot of work for one card! I've never tried the wetting and crumpling idea..but this turned out really cool!

  2. Those colors are wonderful. What a great submission to this blog!

  3. It was very interesting to read the process you used for this card, I have tried wetting and crumpling paper, but I think I've always done it before stamping or embossing, I must have a go.
    It has certainly made a very interesting effect.
    Thanks for joining us and see you next week!
    "Less is More"

  4. A lot of work in this lovely card, it's got a lot of texture and interest to it, and the colour is lovely too.

  5. love the colours on your card and enjoyed reading about the technique.

  6. What an interesting effect you have created Have to say I don't experiment nearly enough!
    Thanks for entering, no problem you couldn't last week, hope everything is sorted Do come back next week
    "Less is More"