Sunday, 24 April 2011

April Showers

Thankfully we haven't had any rain this weekend, not that it would of mattered because I've been busy writing an assignment that's due next week for the post qualifying social work course I'm doing :-( . Today however I decided to give myself the day off and relax with some crafting, so with the windows open to let the lovely sunshine inspire me I played with my distress inks and texture fades embossing folders a la Sir Tim (blog here).  This is because the lovely Linda at Studio L3 set us the challenge for Grungy Monday to use the technique that Tim demonstrates here with said Distress inks and texture fades. I did take it one step further actually and used ink on both the negative and positive bits of the embossing folder - incredibly fiddly but I'm pleased with the effect! I used water colour paper and gave it a bit of a spritz once I'd embossed.
To put the card together I stamped, embossed and cut out good old Umbrella Man (I love this stamp - am gonna need that Alterations die!) and glued him onto a sheet of acetate onto which I had stamped the sentiment (in Stazon) and blobbed on some 'pearly stuff' (that is what's it's called not just me not remembering!) to create what I hope look like raindrops. I layered onto a piece of blue card and after staring frustrated at it for ages trying to work out what else it needed,  decided on a line of faux stitching down the edge (oh for a real sewing machine!).

I'm entering this into the following challenges -
Studio L3 - Grungy Monday
Simon Says Stamp and Show - A Lord of Tim technique
Allsorts - April Showers
Lets ink it up - Show us your stitching
Stamptacular Sunday - pile it on (at least 5 layers - I'm hoping the base card counts as one!)

I hope you've all had a lovely Easter and not too much chocolate! Thanks for stopping by, Esther xx


  1. oh hun this is just brilliant such an amazing effect just love it,my fav stamp of tims,too hun hugs cheryl xxxxx

  2. Oh studying and those assignment deadlines you deserve a day off especially with the glorious spring we are having. no showers here but your multi coloured grungy embossed one with Umbrella man getting splashed is stunning! XOXO Zoe

  3. Hello and thank you for sharing your card with us at Simon Says Stamp And Show Challenge! I love the way you used the sunburst texture fade with the umbrella man and how you tied it together with the sentiment! I've never seen that used like that before and it's quite stunning! Thanks for taking part in our challenge! <3 Candy

  4. Hi Esther, so glad you take the time to get down and inky when you're still so busy:0) Love your creation, that technique is great I used it on the postcard texture fade and loved the effect but I've not tried 2 colours, you're brave and it's a success! The faux stitching works well it lifts the darkness of the navy background and I absolutely love that sentiment. Enjoy the rest of the holiday:0) xxx

  5. Totally digging you texture fade. It's the coolest color combination. What a great effect.

  6. glad you took the day off this is great,the fade has a wonderfull colour combination
    thanks for sharing

  7. Wonderful card. Your colors make it pop. Great background..Donna

  8. This is wonderful - love the vibrant colours and imagery - creates such a nice mood... Great design and creativity Esther. Thanks so much for taking part in our SSS&S challenge!

  9. Morning Esther

    It's all too easy to get embroiled in assignment work, I know from experience, but you do need to give yourself a day off now and then.

    A fabulous piece of artwork here and the background looks superb with a wonderful fusion of colour.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  10. Wow you certainly made the most of your day off Esther, what a gorgeous creation! That technique looks amazing and I love the vibrant colours - a real stunner! Thanks for joining us at LIIU and good luck with the DT call
    Claire xx

  11. wow such an amazing medium and so beautifully executed! Thank you for joining in with us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! Hugs, Lesley

  12. wow beautiful job on your card!! Thanks so much for joining us at LIIU and good luck!!

  13. this is a wonderful creation with such cool effects, thank you so much for sharing with us at the Allsorts challenge and good luck!

  14. Ohlala, what awonderful card!! Love the colours and how you have played with the layers.

    Thank you for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge this week :)

  15. what a stunning card, love it

    thanks for joining in with our April Showers theme this week at Allsorts :o)


    Amanda xx

  16. A really fabulous creation Esther. Love the colours in the background and the umbrella man is on my wish list.
    Thanks so much for joining in with Lets Ink It Up's Stitching challenge and hope you can join in again.
    Fliss x


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