The papers I am crafting with today are a pure indulgence for me. I love the collections from Craft Consortium so much that I usually buy two pads. One to keep and stroke and the other to work with. These papers are the ones I use when I am creating just for me. I also use these papers as backgrounds for my photos. I believe the designer Katy Hackney has won awards for her wallpaper illustrations so I’m in good company. For my crafting indulgence today, I have used The Riverbank papers and stamps. ( I must admit I’m not ready to cut into the kingfisher papers yet !)
My first card was made in loving memory of Mama. She loved gardening and irises were one of her favourite flowers.
I started off by heat embossing the flowers in lilac and coloured them in inks and flowers. To achieve the background I stamped with distress inks and washed down the flower heads.
More stamping, inking, washing and blotting down on this card. Then I cut an aperture before adding a sentiment inside the card.
I know it’s unusual to make green flowers but I was inspired by the hellebores I spotted at West Dean Gardens (bear Chichester). This paper actually depicts tiny frogs on lily pads but I liked the colour tones so used it for the top layer of the flowers.
Nobody produces a stag image better than Hackney and Co. I laid out the hexagons so that the scene was still visible. Once again the stunning background papers make the card pop.
These cards will be sent to fellow card makers who will appreciate the artistry in these beautiful papers.
Until next time.
Much love x Elisabeth x