Tuesday, March 23, 2010

For Mum

Hi there,

I have managed to combine two challenges again this week. The inspiration picture that Makeesha Byl set as the challenge start point was perfect for the next Mother’s day card I had to make, and I really liked the sketch the Just Add Ink team set for their challenge this week. See the inspiration pic and the sketch below.

The key things that struck me about the Makeesha’s inspiration pic was the brightness of it, the purple tones, the light green and that shot of black. I knew I wanted to use some sort of striking flower/tree image – and as it turns out I had the perfect one. But to make it work I had to turn the sketch on it side, but I reckon it works quite well that way too !

To highlight the brightness I decided to stamp the tree canopy in versamark on Always Amethyst then emboss with white embossing powder. To inject that shot of black I then stamped the tree trunk in Basic Black. To give the tree some more depth I sponged some Lovely Lilac onto the centre of the tree, and then used Always Amethyst more towards the edges. I then wiped the purple inks off the embossed leaves – so a bitof emboss resist really. To finish that panel I “earthed” the tree by stamping with a strip of tiny text in Always Amethyst. Then I matted the panel onto Certainly Celery and then Lovely Lilac. I used my Apron Lace border punch on the right hand side of the Lilac layer. For the base of the card I decided to use white as I wanted to accent the brightness, rolling it with a lovely leafy wheel pattern in Certainly Celery. The final touches were a couple of purple buttons (threaded with white cotton) in the upper right, as per the sketch, and the sentiment (which I had to rotate). I stamped that in Lovely Lilac and accented it with a large purple toned button threaded with white embroidery cotton tied in a bow. The inside was simply finished off to match the outside.

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Leaves and Swirls (R), Through the Trees (PaperTrey Inc, PTI), Background Basics Text Style (PTI)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Always Amethyst, Lovely Lilac
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Always Amethyst, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: White Embossing powder, Sponge, Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), Plum Pudding buttons (PTI), Glue Dots, White Embroidery cotton, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape, Dimensional


  1. Lovely card Kim. Love the combination of colours, and the PTI Tree stamp is fabulous!


  2. The embossing really makes those leaves 'pop'. Lovely card, Kim.

  3. So sweet! I really like all the different images you've combined. They work so well together! Thanks for playing!

  4. Beautiful, Kim. I love the white embossing, and the text stamped at the base of the tree. The colours look great, too!

  5. Great take on the challenge, what a pretty card. Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink!

  6. Beautiful card, Kim - I'm sure your mum will love it! I love how you always take the time to show us the inside of your gorgeous creations too.

  7. OH WOW I love that tree Kim! Should have known it would be PTI!!! Love how you have worked with the colours too! THanks so much for playing! love Keesh x


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