Sunday, 5 March 2017

Guest Designer at Stamping Sensations

I was delighted to be picked as the winner of the January challenge at Stamping Sensations and as well as a prize of a wonderful bundle of mixed media goodies I was invited to be the guest designer for this month's challenge, which is "Close to Nature".

The challenge is a stamping challenge - and my card for it uses LOTS of stamping!



I started by using yellow and light green inks to sponge the background, leaving a small clear area in the middle as a focal point. Then I stamped the Anitas speckled background lightly all over with the same green I had used for the sponging. With pale grey ink I stamped the dandelion clock (an old unmounted stamp I bought on a trip to America), stamping 2 or 3 impressions from each inking, randomly over the background, and the tiny Kanban butterfly in some of the gaps.

Next I stamped the dragonfly, to make sure I positioned the plants correctly around it. Although I wasn't planning to stamp over it, I masked it just in case I misjudged. Then I set to work with the plants, using several different silhouette wild flower stamps and various shades of green. I arranged them to form a frame around the dragonfly, making the undergrowth denser at the bottom just as it would be in real life. The dragonfly and all the plants are old Graphicus sets - although no longer available from them I believe other companies have bought the designs.

To finish off, I ran a green inkpad around the edge and mounted it on a white card blank, and used Stickles to give the dragonfly its metallic glint.

I am sharing this with
Alphabet Challenge - Zero embellishments
Sweer Stampin - No designer paper
Craft Rocket - No Patterned Paper

14 comments:

  1. Morning Jane,

    A stunning fusion of fresh Spring colours and stamping, it puts me in mind if a meadow smelling of blossoms and fresh grass and I am sure there is a cow or two not far away contentedly munching the grass (I'm a dreamer).

    Thanks you so much for being our Guest Designer at Stamping Sensations this month and for sharing your inspirational creation.

    B x

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  2. What a wow of a card and beautiful card, I love your stamping and the explanation how you did it,
    Wonderful image of the dragonfly.

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  3. A stunning creation, Jane! Thanks for joining us as guest DT this month. You have done us proud!

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  4. This is a beautiful nature card. Fantastic made. Thank you for being a guest.

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  5. Gorgeous card Jane - a perfect card as our Guest DT. x

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  6. Fabulous card Jane, love all the foliage and that beautiful dragonfly. Lovely to have you along as a guest

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  7. Congratulations on the win and being guest designer, Jane! Your card is utterly breathtaking! I happen to love dragonflies (I know some don't) so I fell for this one! Excellent masking and stamping!! And, yes, thank you, I'm doing great! I am only five weeks post-op, but feeling like it's five months so no complaints and all worth it!! Hugs, Darnell

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  8. Gorgeous card. Love your scene.

    Marjeta

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  9. This is beautiful! really lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

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  10. Gorgeous card, beautifl colors!

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  11. Jane your card is just amazing!! Its so nice to have you as GD over Stamping Sensations :)

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  12. Such a beautiful stamp scape. Gorgeous! Hugs, Autumn

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