Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Helen Broxap

Monday, 30 September 2013

An Irish Blessing

As I've mentioned in a previous post, I love this saying.  Living in Oxford means that a lot of people come here for a short time and then move away, and a good friend of mine was leaving this weekend for Scotland. I wanted an understated but stylish card suitable for a man so the challenge was on. Having been ill for a few months, which has kept me out of the craft room, I was dying to get my fingers all inky again!

Kraft cards couldn't be better for me as they fit well with my nature themes, and appropriately this card has turned out quite autumnal.  The background is stamped with a stampin' up set. I loved the transparency of the skeleton leaves, as well as the 'splodge' stamp which made it look like water drops had splattered on the surface. I used distress inks in walnut stain, vintage photo, and bundled sage.  Here's a little close up, along with buttons (bargain pack from The Works!) which are the perfect non-blingy embelishment for the guys.
The main image has been built up using Claritystamp  products, and techniques demonstrated by the wonderful Barbara Gray.
I purposely kept the background quite stark so the words would be the part to draw the eye. As a first foray into the inky world for some time, and being in a bit of a rush, I was quite happy with how this turned out. Wouldn't mind having a play with the stamps again to see how I could improve things. So you never know I might have a new post up again soon.

Helen x


rachel said...

this is wonderful Helen - really beautiful and I love this saying too xx

Karen Petitt said...

Hels this is stunning! There are no errors with it - beautiful wonderful stamping. Been missing you my lovely friend xx

Carol Yates said...

What a beautiful card, I love the Irish Blessing too. Take care.

Helen said...

Thank you
ladies! X

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