Sunday, 30 October 2011

A Place in the Sun

Hi Folks, here's another sample using the fabulous 'Echoes of Italy' stamp plate recently released over at Chocolate Baroque My OH and I dream of finding a little cottage over in Italy for when we retire, buying a little  Fiat cinquecento and whizzing about the countryside, soaking up the lovely views. I had that idea very much in mind when I created this project.

I created the background by using very thin masking tape, and measuring one and a half inch squares across the background. I used several colours of Distress Inks, and punched a square in a piece of paper to create a reverse mask to colour through, so that I didn't contaminate the other squares as I went along. Once I had finished, I stamped over the whole lot with the large crackle stamp, before peeling off the masking tape. That crackle stamp is such a great stamp.

I coloured the image with Distress Inks, and chose a suitable phrase from the 'Artful Affirmations' stamp set, before adding some Crealie flowers and Marianne leaves. I didn't have any brown brads big enough for the centre of the flowers, so I just glued some buttons over the top of the small ones that I used.

I look at this card and think, 'Oh well, I can dream....' If you get a chance, pop over to the Design Team Blog as I have a card featuring over there today too, also using some of the fabulous stamps from this set.

Thanks for popping by today, and enjoy your weekend, xx


Aquarius said...

That is an amazing card and the background technique is brilliant. Good luck with your dreams of retiring to Italy!!

JoZart said...

That is such a beautiful card and the colours and cracked tiled background are both perfect to compliment the scene.
Love Jo x

mamapez5 said...

Another beautiful card Judith. I can see how much Italy means to you. Don't give up on the dream. We felt much the same about Spain and here we are, loving every minute of it!

I think that crackle stamp gives a wonderful finish to you tile-effect background.
Kate x

Elaine said...

This is a stunner of a card Judith. The technique is really clever, the warmth of the colours gorgeous. That crackle stamp works on the tiles brilliantly. The flowers and leaves are a perfect finishing touch. Keep that dream alive! Elaine xxx

Marja's Stamp Addiction said...

This card is a dream, beautiful Judith. Fabulous background and fabulous scene.
Lovely greet and nice Sunday

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning card Judith. I love the background technique, the more I see of these stamps the nearer the top of my wish list they get. It doesen't hurt to have dreams, and I'm sure if you want it enough one day you'll get that little cottage in the Italian countryside. My dream has always been France.

Sue x

veronica said...

great card Judith, love the cracked tile background, brilliant idea there!

craftimamma said...

Aaaargh, Blogger is playing silly and won't post my comment. I'll try again.

This card definitely has the WOW! factor Judith. I love every single aspect of it from the brilliant cracked tile effect to the beautifully coloured image too the gorgeous enhancement of the flowers.

I hope you reach your dream my friend. You never know I might still be alive and kicking and able to pay you a visit, lol!

Lesley Xx

Anonymous said...

Wow love this card Judith great colours , really beautiful. Suexxxhy

Paula Whittaker said...

beautiful card and colours

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