My little crafting world....

Hi all
I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my other social media pages:
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Friday 2 November 2018

Peony Card for the November Craft Stamper challenge.

Hi all
My project for the Craft Stamper November Challenge is a bit of an antidote to all the Halloween stuff that has been around for the last few weeks - a huge pink peony! There are fab prizes to be won, AND a chance to be featured in the Craft Stamper mag for the challenge winner! 
Have a look here.
The huge flower and the leaves are by Indigo Blue, background text by Stampers Anonymous. These are things that I haven't used before - 
that is my current self challenge; to use those things!
 Stamped out the flower three times and fussy cut each to layer up.
 Base colour was Worn Lipstick distress ink (onto craft mat, 
spritzed with water and flowers pulled through). 
 To add depth, I used a Koi Brush Pen, both watered down and then neat 
as this gives a variation in the colour. 
 With such a large image, I saved a fair bit of time with the shading by working out 
which areas would be hidden, and leaving them with just the base colour.
 I coloured the spare card from the original stamping with distress oxides 
(again on the mat, spritzed with water and the paper dragged through).
 Stamped on the leaves (better to do this after colouring when smooshing with Distress Oxides as they are quite opaque and can obliterate the stamped image if added after stamping. Cut them out. Then I added more colour with waterbased markers.
 More Distress Oxide smooshing with the background card.
 This buckled a bit, but I popped it under some heavy books once dry 
and it flattened out enough to use. 
 I went over the dried/ flattened background paper with an anti-static pad. 
Selected a text stamp and embossed it with white embossing powder. 
 To stick down the flower, starting with the largest layer first, I used double sided tape which I went over with a glue stick to give me a bit of wiggle time. 
I only added tape and glue in the middle as I wanted the edges to lift up.
 Slipped the leaves under the main flower.... 
Added the two smaller flower images to the centre to build up the peony, 
stuck the base card to the 8 x 8 card blank and that's it finished.
A nice card to send to someone on just about any occasion. 
Thanks for looking!