16 September 2013

Four in One

Hi everyone and welcome (back) to my creative world. I'm so pleased you could join me. Regular followers may have noticed that I'm not posting as much recently. This is partly due to family commitments, but also because a lot of what I have up and coming involves larger projects and planning for the goal of running workshops at some point. As a fully qualified teacher I still harbour a desire to show, guide and share with other creative people, and today's pieces are initial steps in that direction.

Inspiration for this came in the form of a video by the incredibly gifted Ashli Oliver (purplemailbox.com) which I highly recommend you watch HERE.

And so, armed with blank white card, some Distress Paint, Archivall Ink, gesso, texture paste, sprays and various masks I set to work in a semi random fashion.

I split the card in four and used another stencil and gesso to give each pieces even more structure. The plan here was to use each piece to create individual cards. So...

Crinoline is great for stamping on with Archival Ink as it doesn't fray when you cut it and takes the ink without diminishing it's depth of colour. 

And how did I live before owning Mr Holtz's Simple Sayings?! And being able to combine them with Watering Can Archival Ink (also used on the stencilled leaves) works a treat.

And the next card...

I deliberately went for a more messy feel to the little tattered flowers here, smudging and smearing the coloured glue and Distress Stains.

And the sentiment reminds me not to work when tired - it took several goes to get this right believe it or not! Marbling Distress Stains effectively is definitely a knack.

And the third...

Dry embossing can add a much needed extra detail to die cut embellishments, as can Biscotti Perfect Pearls spray (which was used on this card and the next).

Plain textured card can also add even more interest without detracting from the rather involved background. It's all a question of balance.

And finally, number four...

More pearl spray and embossing on these flowers gave them a vintage feel without the need for brown ink, and I used layered die cuts rather than adding leaves.

The sentiment is something of a favourite.

So that's all four cards. I'd love to hear what you think.
And yippee, they fit with the current Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - 'Stamping on anything other than plain paper' (there's a few examples here!)
More on the way in due course peeps - I've got another journal to get done for Thursday (no pressure!) and something special at the beginning of next week. Oh, what a tease! Anyway, take care of yourselves and may your week be a good one. Hugs, Jenny xxx


  1. Hi Jenny, it was definitely worth the wait to see these beautiful little masterpieces! What a fabulous technique, paper like this would cost a fortune. I love all of the cards but the butterfly one really stands out for me......gorgeous work!

    Can I be first in the queue when you start up your classes please? Hugs, Anne x

  2. jenny these are gorgeous makes x You have again showed your cardmaking, layering skills and eye for design x gorgeous make s hugs x

  3. Oooh stunning, wouldn't think that they were all made from the same original piece at the beginning!! Wonderful xxx

  4. All lovely - you should run some workshops, I love doing mine :) keeps me on my toes and very busy!

  5. Hello Jenny. This is Amazing. I love how you made 4 beautiful cards from the one background piece. Love all the techniques too. Being a dressmaker I do have crinoline in the sewing stash, but never thought of stamping on it. I really think teaching would be right up your street. Good Luck with that. TFS. Hugs Rita xxxxx

  6. Hi Jenny, I absolutly adore all these cards, such lovely fresh colours and all so very different but very beautiful. Love that pearl spray very effective on these cards. Hug Mo x

  7. Wow, wow, wow, wow!!!! LOVE these, utter and total gorgeousness! Off to watch the video, these look amazing!!!!!

  8. Gosh Jenny what an artistic journey you are on! These are beautiful! I love the watercoloury marbled backgrounds AND the texts AND the florals. I can well understand them taking a lot of time - all that work shows through. Total beauty here! Nicola x

  9. Good evening Jenny,
    What wonderful creations from an initial one piece.
    All different and all beautiful, I love the colours and all the fantasic embellishments.
    I keep saying your style is so different from mine but I love, love, love what you do. I would just love to be at a class you were teaching.
    Happy crafting

    Patricia xxx

  10. These are SO gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for the sweet mention and the link-up :)

  11. Hi Jenny
    These are just stunning,
    Rosie x

  12. Stunning cards you made from one piece! =) Great details you added to give them their own style too!
    Hugs, Elenor

  13. Dreamy!
    That is the word that popped into my head.
    All that work is well worth it for such incredible results.
    Jenny could you tell me, crinoline, is there another name for it? A while ago I tried to source it in the U.K. with no positive outcome.

  14. These are all so gorgeous Jenny! I love that butterfly one but then those flowers on the last card are amazing! Wish I could come to your workshop. Love, Margie x

  15. Good on you Jenny! Teaching offers such a different take on your crafting. Your cards and the design of them is beautiful.

  16. Hi Buttons, it was worth any wait to see these lovely cards. They all look different even though the base is from the same piece of card. Off to watch the recommended demo. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth xx

  17. Absolutely dreamy backgrounds, Jenny - utterly gorgeous. And each card's composition is perfect to make the most of that particular section's positioning of the flourish. The different finishes and patinas on the embellishments are just wonderful. Brilliantly done - and your classes will be a sell-out!
    Alison xx

  18. Making one piece of background and cutting up is a great idea and has made four very beautiful cards. Your eye for colour and composition shines through with each design being original and unique. Fabulous work my friend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  19. What a fab background you created Jenny x will certainly watch the video x your 4 cards are beautiful and I love the butterfly one too x

    Your classes will be wonderful, wish I stayed near you

    TFS and crafty hugs Annie x

  20. What stunning paper, Jenny! Must go watch the vid - thanks for the link.

  21. Gorgeous vintage style! Great idea to make four cards with the lovely paper you made! Good Luck with the teaching - I'm sure you'll be a hit so just enjoy it! Chrisx

  22. Four beauties, Jenny! Wonderful colors and I love what you did with the texture paste! They are all lovely, but I really like what you did with stamping on crinoline. Would you believe, I have NEVER tried it? Yours looks fab and now you have the wheels turning in my head!


  23. Well you might have been missing from blogland but you've come back with a bang! These cards are gorgeous and it is great to see how it all started out - thanks for sharing

  24. Absolutely stunning backgrounds Jenny. And I love what you did with the four pieces - the cards are just super. Off to have a look at the video!

  25. Such beautiful cards, I love the colours and techniques.


  26. Beautiful card and the backgrounds are amazing! You will be such an inspiring teacher and your students will leave with so much creative knowledge! Hugs!

  27. Jenny...your examples of creating beautiful backgrounds are simply that....beautiful! I love all of the soft colors you've blended together. The die cut and dry embossed butterflies and flowers sprayed with Perfect Pearls have such a sweet simplicity to them. Love your completed cards, too! You SHOULD move forward with your desire to teach. You would be a great one! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

  28. Jenny these are wonderful, and all from a piece of plain white card. I'm off to check out your link now xx

  29. Wow! So beautiful! Love the gorgeous backgrounds and your attention to detail! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  30. Oh... how gorgeous! I love all these four cards, Jenny. All the stamping and colors are so beautiful! Love especially those cute little hearts on the background. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  31. The masterboard on this is fabulous...love all your techniques, and you got great inspiration from a great person! Love this...so beautiful!

  32. So many wonderful elements and techniques - good luck with your classes - I'd sign up in a heartbeat.


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