Saturday, 22 December 2018

MFT Bundles of Blossoms

Here is my card for MFT's Sketch challenge 416.  It also fits their Birthday project, with that shiny heart.  I'm also joining the Watercooler Wednesday challenge, where "Anything goes."

Believe it or not this simple card provided me with hours and hours of fun.  Initially I planned to use an embossing folder to make the panels, so I ran several different designs through my Big Shot, but none of them just felt right.  I was also conscious that, while MFT do not insist you use their products to enter their challenges I should at least try.  So I decided to see what I could do with this Bundles of Blossoms background stamp.  I heat embossed it on to some white watercolour compatible card; I use the 160gsm card from The Range, which copes really well with Zigs without breaking the bank!  

I made one panel with white embossing and one with Hero Arts Platinum powder.  I intended to colour it in with my Zigs, but the problem was I couldn't see the design with the white on white.  I knew the colour palette I was going to use as I had made the heart first (glitter paper with a generous coating of glossy accents), so I picked out Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks, and made a pile of background papers, and I mean A Pile. Here are a few of them drying

Now I know I could have smooshed the ink straight on to the already embossed sheet, but I had by this time forgotten all about the challenge, and was in "What if..." mode.  

I embossed one of the papers with the design in white, and one in clear.  Then I started to colour in the white one (yes, you guessed it! I couldn't see the clear embossing).  I opted to use my distress inks oxides (same colours, plus some Faded Jeans) as watercolours instead of zigs.

Clear embossing
White embossing

I coloured the white one in with loving precision, and when completed it looked like this.

I splodged colour onto the clear one, then spritzed it with water.  Hmmm, not so good.  

This is one time when the photo looks better than real life.  
Does it looks murky because I spritzed it, or because the lines were clear embossed over similar colours?

Meanwhile I did a little experiment.  I stamped and embossed a sentiment onto a piece of paper, then masked it off and stamped and embossed the same background over it.  Then when it was dry I smooshed it in the distress inks still sitting on my craft mat.  It was only a quick try, so I didn't worry about inking up the whole stamp, or making sure all the paper was covered with the distress inks.  

It looked so cool I made it into a card too, following the sketch.

So, for anyone who is still here, having read all that, which card do you like best, the one at the top of the post or the one at the bottom?

Thank you for stopping by,


  1. Blue is my favorite color so I am just loving your beautiful card! The end result is a joyful happy card certain to brighten the recipient's day. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

  2. Hi Karen, what a lot of experimenting you did! I have to say that the colours you've used really appeal to me, personally. Of course the card at the top of your post has a completely different appearance to the one at the bottom of your post. Both are gorgeous in their own way. Which do I like better? Today I'd say the one at the top of your post. I love the precision and flow. Which one would I choose tomorrow? Well, that would depend on my mood. Both are stunning cards. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.


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