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Pretty in Blue

Hello Crafters

How has your weekend been so far, I know that some of you have had snow, but it seems that it has completely missed us in this part of the world, thankfully, but it is bitterly cold, and this to me is a good excuse to get down to some heart warming crafting! Any excuse eh?

So today was another invention for a family members birthday and I had an idea in mind, so I set about the centre image being a flower with a random background. Easy you would think, but it does need to be a certain sort of background to work, so after a few trial and errors, this is what I came up with.



Card: White 300 gsm, White 240 gsm Hammered, Blue 240 gsm & White Spot Card 220 gsm, Vellum

Dies: SB Matting Basics A & B, Romantic Rectangles Two

Stamps: Inkylicious Summer Morn, Justrite Colourful Brush Strokes, Phill Martin Decadent Damask Birthday Verses, Do Crafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamps Traditional Sentiments

Inks: Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick Distress Inks, Memento Nautical Blue, Stazon Jet Black Ink.



N.B. Die sizes are labelled using size 1 as the smallest.

Well you can see it is a pretty straightforward card, that is simple matting and layering, and using the flower stamp as the focal image.


  1. Start with a basic white card 14.5 x 19 cm, and the reason I use this size is you only need one sheet of card to make the base card.
  2. Then using the spot card, cut a 14 x 18.5 cm layer. Place a piece of ribbon round the centre. Using nautical blue stamp sentiment in the bottom right corner. Layer onto base.
  3. Cut next layer using SB Matting Basics B Die 6 with Hammered white card. Mount using 1mm foam squares.
  4. Using Romantic Rectangles Die 4 and blue card – cut, emboss and layer onto hammered white card with 1mm foam squares.
  5. Stamp image onto white card with Nautical Blue ink, creating a stamped background first with distress inks and Justrite Colourful Brush Strokes ink splodge. Mount onto blue layer using 1mm foam pads.


Follow above but replace step 5 by cutting and embossing a piece of vellum using SB Matting Basics A Die 3 then stamp the birthday sentiment with jet black Stazon. Leave for a few minutes to dry so it doesn’t smudge. I mounted with Cosmic Shimmer Dries clear glue with tiny dots in the corner and then placed an embellishment over the corner to hide the glue spot.

There you have it a simple card but quite pretty, what do you think?


Kim x