Monday, 18 November 2019

* Artsystamper: Give Thanks

Happy Monday!

Today sees the start of a new challenge at the new Artsystamper Challenge Blog. Each challenge runs for two weeks and starts on the first and third Monday of the month. 
The theme for this challenge is Give Thanks
I hope that you can find time to join in the fun!

The winner will receive the stamp set of their choice from TheArtsystamperShop. Beverly Cole’s selections offer stamps and sentiments in each set as well as pre-colored images for easy, last minute cards. Why not take a moment and check out what she has in store!

I used the beautiful Sketched Spring Blossoms Digital Stamp Set for my two cards.

The first card is perhaps a more elegant design with matted layers, lace and ribbon.

The background is made by brayering Antique Linen and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxides onto 300 gsm smooth card, making the edges darker than the centre. To tone the pink down a little I added a small amount of Victorian Velvet around the edges. I watered down some white chalk paint and spattered them onto the backgrounds with a fan brush. I then added some script stamping along the side edges and inked all the edges in black archival ink.
The next part was a learning curve! I wanted to add some modelling paste through a stencil, but I wanted the paste to stay white, rather than pick up the inks. I applied Distress Glaze, then added the paste using a stencil. What I learned was that the paste does not stick permanently to the card - as it dried, and as I turned the card over, it began to fall off - it may be because I didn't wait long enough for the Glaze to dry or, it may be that the Glaze isn't the right surface for paste to stick to - the chemistry is all too much for me!
The beautiful blossom spray was coloured with Copic markers and fussy cut. I added a strip of ivory lace across the bottom portion of the background, then popped the blossoms on foam pads and adhered it to the background. I added a pink bow to the base of the blossom branch.
The sentiment was typed, printed, then die cut with a banner die; the fish tail was shortened to make it into a rectangle. The sentiment was also popped on foam pads.
The final stage was to mat the background, first onto black card and then onto pink card. All was adhered to a 6 x 6 inch white card.



My second card uses the same colours and background techniques, but is more modern or artsy.

The background was made in exactly the same way as above. The Copic coloured blossom was added to the centre on foam pads, with the sentiment, placed on foam pads, below. Three sequins add a little sparkle.

Sketched Spring Blossoms Digital Stamp Set

That's all for today! 
I hope you will hop on over to Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog and enter! You will also see more inspiring designs from the Artsystamper Addicts Design Team ... so much fun.

I'll be back with another Artsystamper project in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, please check out:
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge Blog

Thank you for stopping by today!

I'd like to support the following challenges:

Card 1
Aud Sentiments #240 Thank You Sentiment 25/11 Top 3

Crafty Creations #402 AG 26/11
Fusion Card Challenge Thankful 26/11
613 Avenue Create #227 AG 29/11
Dream Valley #214 Favourite Colour Combo 30/11
Corrosive Challenges #11 AG 30/11
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #118 AG 30/11
Crafters Castle #23 AG 30/11
Dare 2 B Artzy Nov Thankful 30/11
Path of Positivity #74 Thankfulness 01/12 TOP PICK & MOST INSPIRING

Jan's Digistamps Challenges #2 AG 01/12
Brown Sugar #295 AG 02/12

Card 2
Crafty Catz #483 AG 21/11
Cardz TV #102 AG 21/11
Always Fun #137 Thanks 23/11 TOP 3

Pammies Inky Pinkies #1946 AG 24/11
Crafty Cardmakers #245 Thankful 24/11 WINNER

Crafting with an Attitude #57 AG 24/11
Crafting by Designs AG 27/11
Crafty Calendar Cute & Girly 28/11
Creative Fingers #175 AG 29/11



  1. Beautiful cards Carole. Thanks so much ❤️

  2. Both cards are so beautiful, Carole! I Googled the question "what does modeling paste not stick to" and got this: "Like other acrylic paints and mediums, the Molding Pastes will adhere best to absorbent surfaces like canvas or wood. They will not adhere to greasy or oily surfaces. It is also best to roughen up slick surfaces to increase the tooth, making the surface profile rougher for additional bonding."

    I don't have any DO's but I do know recently I did a background using Dylusions sprays and I sprayed it with a coat of hair spray, thinking it would seal it. And I added chalk ink on top with a round tim blending tool and I had the Dylusions ink on that pad in no time. It's a great question. Surely Tim has answered it? xoxo

    1. Thank you so much, Aimeslee! It makes sense not to put the modelling past on a non-porous surface! x

  3. Just had a brain fart - what about clear gesso? xoxo

    1. Great idea! I'll be trying this for sure! Thank you, sweetie! x

  4. Beautiful cards Carole, love the stencil and gorgeous image and I love the soft colours too..beautiful.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. Gorgeous card! Love the background and the detail on how you created it. Such beautiful elements too! Thank you very much for joining our challenge this week at PIP Challenges!

  6. Gorgeous Cards! Love the stenciling and layers you have demonstrated for inspiration. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. Love the calming Color combination. Lots of luck in the drawing! Happy Crafting!

  7. Beautiful cards! I love your colors and attention to detail! Thanks for playing along with us at the Always Fun Challenges Blog!

  8. Both are so beautiful! Love those pretty images too. Gorgeous cards! Thanks for joining us at Pammie's Inky Pinkies.

  9. Carole, thank you so much for sharing your projects with us! These cards are quite interesting with all the layers ad details... beautifully done!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C
    RubberMAD (

  10. Carole, if you ever get the answer to your problem please let me know. It drives me nuts when I add white to pre-coloured surfaces/images, only for the white to pick up the colour underneath and turn into a pastel shade of it!

    Beautiful designs. Love the colour palette and the delicate floral images. Just gorgeous!!!!

    Thank you for sharing in our Thankful challenge.

    Crafty Cardmakers

  11. Pretty card. Pretty background. I love all the details. The embossing paste really add interest. I love the flowers and colors. Thanks for sharing over at Aud Sentiments. (your card would fit the challenge over at Creations in pink)

  12. Such a pretty card and lovely colouring so pleased you share this with us at Crafty catz this week

  13. Gorgeous coloring, Carole! I love that elegant lace. Thank you for playing along in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps this fortnight. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

  14. Amazing card, I love this background.
    Thank you for participating in the Brown Sugar Challenge.
    Danka DT

  15. That are both so beautiful, Carole! I love the pinks you have used and the images are so pretty.
    Hugs Monica

  16. Really beautiful cards, Carole! I love your details and layering with your lovely feminine color palette! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fusion!

  17. 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

  18. Well done Carole this is a gorgeous card. Hugs, Angela xXx

  19. Beautiful card and thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue x

  20. Absolutely beautiful and I love all texture on the background. Thank you for sharing at Path of Positivity. Pippa DT


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