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Monday, 20 January 2014

All Rise for Ella Bella The Grunge Princess.

Happy New Year Blogg Land. I hope you all had a good Christmas New Year.I don't usually make resolutions, because I always break them in the first few day. But this year I have made three and I will keep to them, because they all revolve round my passion, Craft. They are to try a different style of craft, design my own range of Digi Stamps and blogg more. So tick, tick, tick. So far, so good. This card is the different style of crafting. I have always loved Hels Sheridan's style of crafting, and I wanted to give it a go, which I did, but with no success. Well that was before I got some expert advice and things started to fall into place. So I decided to make a background for a card using the new technique, Grunge!

I had an idea for a card using two of my favourite IndigoBlu stamps, Ella Bella and Floral Swirl. You can find these stamps and all of the amazing IndigoBlu range here. I wanted to incorporate my new love of Grunge, but it had to be pretty, because the stamp warranted it. I tried the wrinkle free technique, all full tutorial to come this week so watch this space, but all the results were too grungy. so I decided to do the direct ink technique, again tutorial to come. I laid four colours of Tim Holtz Distress Inks on white card a little at a time. the colours I used were Worn lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed and Barn Door. The good thing about this technique is that id I has done another background it would be completely different. I used cut and dry foam to lay the ink down, until I was happy with it. I then stamped the Floral Swirl stamp with Seedless Preserves, in the top left and bottom right corners to leave a very subtle faint impression. I them stamp Ella Bella as the focal image in Walnut Stain, directly onto the background. I then went round the edges with Walnut Stain to age it. I didn't have any brown card to mount lay it on so I used a piece of white card and inked the edges with Walnut Stain. I used the Walnut stain edged card to mat onto gold mirror card and laid the grunge topper onto both and them glued it onto a 5.5 by 5.5 inch card blank.

I looked at the card and wondered what I could embellish it with, after a lot of humming and arring I decided that all it need was some small Aurora Borealis gems. I placed three of the gems at the top left and bottom right of the card. There we have it my take on pretty grunge. I hope you like it.

Ian xx

I have entered my card into the IndigoBlu Challenge Blogg. You can find the challenge here

12 comments:

Yvonne Gavin said...

I can tell you readers for sure this is more stunning in real life. Keep up the good work Ian xx

Joan Heath said...

It's Fab, love the colours and the stamp. Like to see more of this sort of card xx

Ian said...

Thank you ladies. I forgot to mention that I sent the finished card to one of my birthday buddies Yvonne. xx

Linda said...

This is fabulous Ian, love the colours and the background looks great. Thanks for joining in with the IndigoBlu Challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

Pauline Wheeler said...

So glad you entered this months challenge Ian, good luck
P xx

Avril Ann said...

What a fantastic card Ian, love this, so very much..

ps we have a Grunge challenge at Crafting Musketeers this month...hope you pop along and join in xxx

erinstewart said...

Fab card, Ian! I do love this image and I think you made it shine. Fantastic colour choices. Great tip to edge your white card with walnut stain to match! xx

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Ian!

Hugs
Linda xxx

Sylvia Anderson said...

Lovely card Ian, your blog is looking great x

Fran said...

Fabulous card, thank you for joining us at the Crafting Musketeers this month, Fran (DT) xxx

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,fab colours.xxx

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely card for Crafting Musketeers 'grunge' challenge, Hazel, DT Crafting Musketeers x