Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Shades of Purple Dragonfly

Hi all.  I have had this stamp for a while and decided to us it for this masculine card.  It is designed by Lisa Horton for Creative Expressions and called Dragonfly Background.

I thought it would lend itself to using the inks straight to stamp, so I positioned the piece of card in my Misti and stamped it with three different Distress Inks, the  lightest colour Shaded Lilac used all over, then the darkest tone Dusty Concord on the dragonfly wings and the chevrons, and lastly I added the bright mid tone Wilted Violet over the word plate.  I managed pretty well to get each colour of ink where I wanted it but there are just a few stray bits but it all blends in fine, and I was pleased with the finished look.  I then added some WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder all over and took it out of the Misti and heat set it, but decided that it would be better with a thicker covering of the gloss finish, so placed it back in and restamped with Versamark and heat set it again, and this brought the colours out and gave it more punch, especially as the style is of a distressed sort of pixelated look which muddies the design a bit. 

Anyway I hope you like it and I think this works well for a male birthday, but I guess it would work for a female birthday too, what do you think?  Thank you for visiting today and I'll see you again soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Less is More Challenge - No. 428 Shades of Purple.  (I hope this is considered CAS enough for the challenge)
613 Avenue Create Challenge - Anything Goes (optional: use a charm on your project).
NBUS Challenge- No. 18 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff. 
AAA Birthday Challenge - No. 17 Animals and Critters.



  1. A great effect achieved here and I think this card would suit either male or female recipients equally well.

  2. Beautiful colours Pat, purple is my favourite and I love the layout too. I think that your card would work equally well for a feminine or masculine birthday x

  3. Of course I love the purple and the whole card design is pretty fantastic too! Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

  4. Normally purple is not a colour of choice for me Pat but this looks wonderful with it's different hues and shades and is a perfect blend for that artsy stamp (which I now covet!!)
    Lovely card. x

  5. Totally love the purple, Pat - perfect for that dragonfly image - so pretty embossed that way!

  6. Great technique for multi-colour stamping. What a shame the embossing doesn't show up in the photo, I'm sure it does make the colours pop. I think you have just scraped into the CAS category, but you're right, it's borderline :)
    Thanks for playing along in our colour challenge at Less is More.


  7. I always love to work with ink straight to the stamp, a very nice technique. Your design is fabulous and I love the monochrome colurs! I think this could go to a man as well as to a woman.

  8. So beautiful Pat, a super design and lovely colours, Kate x

  9. Yes I think it looks great for a female or a gentleman Pat x. I love how you stamped the fabulous image with the different colours/tones of ink and then heat embossed it. This sure has brought out the colours beautifully x.

  10. You make wonderful masculine cards, though this could work for a variety of things... It's lovely Pat!

  11. Perfect for a masculine or feminine card. Great design and I love the purple colour. xx

  12. Such a cool card! Thanks for playing along with us at AAA Birthday Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.


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