16 April 2013


Hi everyone. I want to start this post by offering my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the tragic events in Boston yesterday. Horrific things like this always help to put your own challenges into perspective.

So here's my offering for today (yep, another card - I've got orders to fulfil and a large family:) This all started as a result of reading Sandra's inspirational description about the creation of her DT piece for the current Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. 

The thought of creating your own background stamp in this way was too good an opportunity to miss.

Out came the Cut n Dry Foam and one of the Texture Fades embossing folders (you'll recognise the one:)  After heating the grey side with the heat gun I pressed the folder into it for a short time. Hey presto! a great impression made. 

The grey side took to being covered in Distress Ink really well, even with two colours applied. And it was even easier to get a clear impression from  stamping it on white cardstock as the spongy side was great for squishing down with very little pressure.

Next job - cover the ink in patches of Walnut Stain Distress Embossing Powder and copper mica powder and heat until set (a bit of water spritzing was required to set the mica).

The long strip is another piece of the 'faux rust' card made with Distress Paints/Inks/Stains (details HERE).

The poster image is a Nicecrane Design favorite of mine called Vintage London Underground advertising Vol II. It looks even better when distressed with some ink and water spritzing.

Now it was time to pile on the embellishments. Various die cut shapes in different textures (goodness I love the new Sizzix Thinlits). 

The clockface was stamped and embossed, the cogs had alcohol ink applied, and a small piece of embossed/inked/gilded Ferro was included. I also went to town with gold UTEE from the Melt Pot onto a piece of card which was then stamped with a mini blueprint ticket. When cool it was treated with Distress Paints/Stains in the same manner used by Tim Holtz on his April tag alpha/metal embellishments. To make the image pop out it was finally restamped with Archival Ink and covered with Glue n Seal to stop it cracking.

Obviously this is going to be entered into the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge - Background.
As it contains so much texture I am also entering it into The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Challenge - Texture.

Thank you Sandra for your inspiration -  after the triumphant moment of creating a usable background stamp this was a joy to put together. Here's hoping you have some triumphant crafty moments too. Hugs, Jenny x


  1. I like this a mahusive amount... fabulous... love all the techniques and lovely layers and embellies..
    Suzi B x

  2. Super Jenny :) I didn't know glue and seal would stop the UTEE from cracking :)
    Von ♥

  3. Hi Jenny, that heat the foam technique made me smile, I used to do it with funky foam for the Grandkids and they loved it. Your version looks much more professional! I love the Nicecrane image and the layering on your wonderful card. Hugs, Anne x

  4. Beautiful Jenny
    Just love it

    Rosie x

  5. Your words are so true, it does put our own hurdles into perspective.
    Beautiful use of the Underground image and all those textures you achieved and faux rust - marvellous results.

  6. Amazing details, such a great card Jenny!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  7. Wow Jenny this looks great. I love the blueprint ticket. Hugs Mo x

  8. Great card, and what great results you got with your home made stamp! Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challnege!

  9. Another amazing make Jenny, love allthe elements and how you carefully bring so many clever ideas and techniques together ! Love the utee ..fab
    Another great make ...hugs trace x

  10. Fantastic images and ideas and thank you for the tip about the glue and and seal.

    Love Chrissie xx

  11. Wonderful techniques Jenny. I just love the background stamp you created and all the fabulous colours and embellishments. Another brilliant creation.
    Hugs {brenda} x0x

  12. Jenny you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful discoveries.
    This is brilliant a fantastic background achieved as well as a super card.

    Patricia xx

  13. Oooh I love the ticket and I didn't know about glue and seal either! I also read Sandras blog yesterday and although I have seen the technique before I haven't tried it for ages nor on such a big scale - another busy day for me until 1pm (am running a workshop at Hobbycraft) and then I can play! whoo hoo melt pot, cut n dry foam here I come.....

  14. This card is fabulous with so many interesting textures and elements going on. Thanks for giving details of all the work which went into creating it - brilliant. Love the poster image so I feel some retail therapy coming on!!

  15. Loving this. Looks like you had a great time putting this together with your own stamp and utee and rust. Love the colours and the feel of this!!

  16. Morning Jenny, What a brilliant idea with the foam to make a background stamp, Sandra's tutorial was really fantastic. I love all the elements on your card, and the Nicecrane image is really lovely.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  17. Sandra is so inspiring! This is one fabulous card and I just love the colors and details! You know I have never used my melt pot! Have fun!

  18. Gorgeous card and love all those fantastic layers

    Sam xxx

  19. Brenda, you have so many amazing details on this one! My favorite is that incredible ticket... I can't stop ogling it and if I were there it wouldn't be safe, I can tell you that. Lovely creation!

  20. Wowww, Jenny,,,,,waht a supberb Steampunk Card my friend,,,,,I love the composition and the vintage effect,,and all over these steampunk ornaments,,,,,,,waht a great use of my vintage london pict,,,,,very well done.

  21. Thank you so much for your recognition, Jenny! So happy that you had that triumphant moment too! Did I tell that you can reuse the foam and make other stamps with it? Well you can! Simply heat the foam again and the imprint disappears and you can press something else into it and make another stamp! I really love that you took it to the next level, by using two colors ink, embossing powder and mica powder! It looks so amazing! Wonderful card! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  22. Fabulous work Buttons, Love that home made stamp..Fabulous image & detail... Love it!! Hugs May x x x

  23. A fabuluos collage card, great use of all these elements.

  24. Wow, it's so cool, Jenny - LOVE the handmade stamp background, and the texture on your Admit One ticket is simply fabulous. Love the composition - the layers play off each other so well - a really fantastic make!
    Alison x

  25. Beautifull card, love every bit about it. Love that you made your own background stamp, it looks gorgeous. I love this technique, made quite a few stamps myself this way, so much fun.

  26. Gorgeous layering resulting in a cracking card layout xo
    Hugz Minxy

  27. Thanks for playing at The Artistic Stamper this month with your fabulous card ;)
    xoxo Sioux


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