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Hi everyone and welcome to my first Saturday post here at IndigoBlu. So, are you reaching for those crafting supplies this weekend and looking to take some time out for yourselves? As for me, I’ve been experimenting with those wonderful English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic paints again, combining colours and stamping to create an arty little number!



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I started with a plain piece of card and began by brayering layers of ‘Burning Bonfire‘, ‘Townhouse Teal‘, ‘Ruby Slippers‘ and ‘Banana Custard‘ English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic paint over it until it was covered in a mix of these colours.


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Next came layers of stamping with the same colours. I used a combination of the ‘Itsy Bitsy Backgrounds‘ (my latest favourites!) to add geometric patterns. From the photos you’ll be able to see that the mix of matte and metallic colours made a real difference to the overall look.


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With the paints dry I used Black Soot Distress Ink to add a random patterned border to the background using the same stamps as before.  To stop the stamping looking too perfect I dabbed a wet tissue over some areas to lift the colour slightly.


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With lots of colour already in place I kept the decorative elements simple and monochrome, relying on the beauty of the words and images to draw the eye around the card. The stamp sets used for these included ‘Butterfly Collector‘, ‘Sarah’s Choice‘ and ‘Take The Time‘. The butterflies were stamped onto vellum with black embossing powder; this adds a textural contrast to the plain stamping and also makes it easier to fussy cut around the antennae and bodies. Some sewing ephemera completed the look.


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This card was a joy to create (though I know lots of you think it’s mad to cut out so many detailed images) and I’ll be experimenting with/sharing this type of layered paint background again. Meanwhile, as this post goes live, you’ll find me demo’ing at Byrkley Park Garden Centre, Rangemore, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. So if you’re in the area it would be great to see you.

Hope you have a great weekend and whatever you’re up to, take care of yourselves.

Jenny xxx


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7 Comments on Inspired…

  1. Fabulous! The background is gorgeous and the contrast with the black and white is perfection. Great tip to emboss fine detailed items when fussy cutting.

    Julie S | September 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm () ()
  2. I love the beautiful background you created Jenny and I think the monochrome elements look wonderful against the rich colours. I don’t think you are mad at all, I love your fussy cut images, especially the butterfly antennae! This is a gorgeous card! Hope you had fun demo-ing today and had lots of visitors. Anne xx

    Anne R | September 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm () ()
  3. Oh Jenny your background is fantastic, I love your layering and your black vellum butterfly. Very sophisticated.
    Julie x

    Julie Lavalette | September 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm () ()
  4. Gorgeous Jenny, adore the monochromatic elements against the colourful painty background. Tracy x

    Tracy Evans | September 21, 2014 at 12:58 am () ()
  5. Great card Jenny! Love the colourful multi layered background and the contrast with the light embellishment stamps makes for real drama. Love the vellum butterfly too!

    Astrid | September 21, 2014 at 9:42 am () ()
  6. What a stunning card Jenny,I love the multi layerd background, the colours are fabulous, all that intricate cutting too, it sure is one very pretty card xxxx Sarah

    Sarah | September 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm () ()
  7. Love those paint colours and your background is amazing. Gorgeous collage of IB stamps too

    TFS and Crafty hugs Annie x

    Annie G | September 23, 2014 at 10:11 am () ()