Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Graffitti Sentiment

Hi all.  Sorry it has been so long since my last post but I seem to have had such a lot of things going on lately which have taken me away from cardmaking and left me rather lacking inspiration, but I have kept up with the comments and looking at what this talented community has been getting up to,  and I do mean to do better!  I made this card with the Addicted to CAS challenge in mind, which is to use green, but now I have finished it I think it is probably not CAS enough.  Anyway it is intended for a birthday later in the month and I am sure there are other challenges which it will be fit for.

I used Tim Holtz  Bricked embossing folder, but first I inked a snippet of white card using Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed using the 'smooshing' technique which seems to be very popular and this lady Betsy is very good at it, and you can find her here.  This is similar to the acrylic block technique but uses a piece of acrylic sheet to mix the inks and water on and makes it easier if you want to make a larger background.  I used Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade and did the process several times until the card was adequately covered.   I dried the card with my heat tool and then embossed using the Bricked EF.  I had to run the card through twice and matched up the pattern as well as I could in order to cover my square piece of card.  

I stamped the Clarity stamp, which is one I received through the Clarity Stamp Club, using Adirondack Inks in Lettuce and Bottle.  I stamped with the Lettuce first and then stamped it again using the Bottle just round the edges.  I moved it down a little to get a shadow effect which gives it a looser look.  I then used my Spectrum Noir pencils to bring out the letters and add a little shading.

I finished by making the Ivy using a Creative Expressions die by Sue Wilson called Trailing Ivy, using snippets of light and dark green card.  Unfortunately the dark green looks more blue then green in the photo.  I also used a snippet of the same dark green card for the sentiment which was made with a Britannia Die which allows you to make a Birthday and a Christmas sentiment so is very useful. 

Thank you for looking at my blog today.

Pat x

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 168 where we are on a mission to use up our snippets of paper and card.
Virginia's View Challenge - All Things Embossed.
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations - One for the Guys.


  1. Hey Pat, Just saw your gorgeous creation over at the Snippets Playground. Had checked in earlier, but missed seeing this. I love that video & you've aced the technique amazingly with this card. The brick embossing is perfect for this lovely ivy vine (I think I just got that set, managed to get it in the art bin storage finally, so guess now I can use it, since I can perhaps locate it!) Really beautiful work, and life gets to us all. So no apologies needed. We're all here when you can craft & post. It's always well worth the wait! TFS & Hugs

  2. It's great to see you back, Pat! You've made a beautifully colored snippets card! That's the sweetest and best-sounding graffiti I've ever seen ~ perfect for a birthday!! Hugs, Darnell

  3. A really great masculine card Pat and lush fresh colours, thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x

  4. This is a terrific card Pat! x

  5. Wonderful Pat! Gosh the brick wall is terrific. Love it!!


    Di xx

  6. This is lovely Pat, great colours!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  7. This is gorgeous,thanks for sharing with us at Country View

  8. A super card Pat, I love how you did the wall and it looks great with ivy.
    Jean x

  9. Beautiful card Pat, I love the textures and leaves ! Shirleyxx

  10. Hi Pat . . . well I just love this inked up brickwall card with it's terrific sentiment.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  11. Love your cheery and happy design,Pat! Thanks so much for playing Virginia’s View “All Things Embossed” Challenge! Hope to see your lovely work soon again!

  12. Your inky colours and fabulous die choices look wonderful. This is a lovely card, Pat. Well worth waiting for your mojo.

    Going to have a wee catch up on your blog. May not be able to leave comments on all the posts, but will have a quick read to make sure I don't miss any of your lovely creations. Got a little behind since we moved...

  13. I love the way you've colored the brick, Pat! So pretty!

  14. I love the effect of the smooshing on the brickwork. A great card - love the design. xx

  15. A great card, Pat! fabulous design! Thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations for our Male theme and good luck!


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