Monday, 26 August 2019

* Artsystamper: Awesome Asters

Happy Monday!

Can you believe we are heading towards the end of August? Where does time go? Here in the UK today is a Bank Holiday and it's the last one of the year, so hopefully we'll be heading out for some walking and fresh air.

Today is my DT day for Artsystamper, a relatively new digital stamp company owned by Beverly Cole. One of the things I love about Bev's digital stamps is that you get a great selection of stamps and sentiments in each set and also pre-coloured ones for those quick and easy, last minute cards. Please pop over to the Etsy shop, TheArtsystamperShopand see what she has in store.

I have two cards to share today and both feature the beautiful Aster Garden digital stamp set.

My first card has a mixed media background and is hand coloured. Here it is:


Aren't these asters gorgeous!  I printed out several and coloured them with Copic markers, adding some white Posca paint dots to the centres. I fussy cut the flowers and put them to one side whilst I made the background.
The background is 12.5 x 12.5 cm 300 gsm card. I used a brayer to apply Distress Oxide inks in Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet, concentrating the violet around the edges. I used a stencil to add some white circles and dots with watered down acrylic paint and a stamp to add touches of Black Soot grungy marks. Next I added white paint splatters using a Posca pen. I blended Wilted Violet ink around the background's edges, then used archival ink in black to add a little more definition.

I decided to add some ribbon along the bottom edge and found this purple organza ribbon and green satin ribbon in my stash. I knotted a piece of the purple ribbon as attached to the band.
The sentiment is one of four that comes in the digital stamp set and I opted to die cut it with a stitched rectangle die. I inked lightly around the edges in archival black ink and popped the sentiment on foam for dimension.
I arranged two of the flowers, shaping them with a stylus and adding foam to the centres. The stems were glued directly onto the background

To finish, I matted the background onto violet card and then green card and placed all onto a 14.5 cm square card base.

My second card uses the pre-coloured yellow aster from the Aster Garden set along with the yellow taxi paper from Bev's Retro Fun Papers

I printed the paper to fit an A6 card and printed the yellow aster three times. I die cut one of the aster's using a torn rectangle die. Leaving the die in place, I inked the background lightly using Scattered Staw Distress Ink, concentrating the colour around the edges of the die cut. By leaving the die in place you get a crisp white border to the image mat. I also die cut a piece of black card upon which to mat the image.
As you may know, I'm not keen on one dimensional cards when I use pre-coloured images. I always have to make my own mark on them, so this time I opted to cut petals from the other two asters and layer them up. I inked the edges of the fussy cut petals with Scattered Straw and layered them with foam pads.


 Before I assembled the card, I inked the edges of the yellow paper with Scattered Straw, then it was just a case of matting the paper on black card, adding the matted image on foam tape and adhering the sentiment band which I also inked.
I decided to add a few Posca paint dots to the image background.

Here are the TheArtsystamperShop products I used:

Aster Garden           Retro Fun Papers


That's all for today! 
I'll be back with another Artsystamper project in two weeks time.

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Thank you for stopping by today!

I'd like to support the following challenges:

Purple and Green Card
Dragonfly Dreams No Patterned Paper 28/08
Cassic Design Team Challenge #8 AG 28/08
Cardz TV #96 AG 29/08
613 Avenue Create  #224 AG 30/08 (#3)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #112 AG 31/08
Craft Rocket #62 AG 31/08
Crafting by Designs AG 31/08
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Dare 2 B Artzy Aug AG 31/08
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Creative Crafters #19 AG 08/09



  1. Wow!!! Both your cards are stunning and so artistry!!! I'm absolutely in love with the first one, it looks just AMAZING!!! You are very talented and inspiring!
    Thanks for sharing how you made it, I had to try making an inked background with the brayer!

  2. Hi Carole your cards are gorgeous they are just so pretty. I love those flowers. Have a grest day Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Hi Carole! Being lazy at the beach. Woke up to your inspiring post. Thanks so much for your creativity and support. Hugs, Beverly

  4. Oh my, Carole, these cards are so pretty. Your coloring of the flower on the first one is amazing. I love the inking on the yellow card. Will have to remember to try that with the die in place. xoxo

  5. Beautiful creation ! thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create x good Luck

  6. Oh wow, what gorgeous cards! I love those flowers, both the purple and the yellow ones. Beautiful coloring on the flowers and the card compositions are lovely. I have visited the ArtsystamperShop - love the marbled background digital paper.
    Hugs Monica

  7. Your brayered background is gorgeous and the asters are lovely! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  8. Your colouring is amazing! We are so happy you joined us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and hope you'll join us again soon. Good luck in the draw!
    Jen L
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends DT

  9. Love both of these, they are simply exquisite! So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create. Please come back again! The best of luck with your entry. Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  10. Beautiful creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx


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