Saturday, 1 March 2014

Flower Power.

Good morning and welcome to March...and to a new Challenge over at the Clarity Blog Challenge. This month the theme is Flower Power and there are so many Clarity Stamps that are perfect for this....oh, I was spoilt for choice...
I must just thank all the crafters who entered last months challenge, some amazing pieces of work and off course Congratulations to the winner who will receive a £50 Clarity voucher.
Here is my what I came up with this month, I do hope you like it,

I started with a piece of watercolour card and stamped the large poppy stamp using Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. I then used a wet paintbrush and dragged some of the ink to give a watercolour painting type of effect.

When this was dry, I stamped very carefully over the top of the design with Vintage Sepia VersaFine ink, this just helps to make the image 'pop'....
Can you see the difference in the two photographs? 

I then added some shading around the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink . Next my new favourite stamp and yes, my regular workshop ladies will vouch for me here.....the Clarity Crackle stamp....this just gives such a great aged look to the work...

The card blank was decorated using the same Distress ink and crackle that it coordinated well. I stamped the verse directly onto the card blank using VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia, well with Clarity stamps you can have the confidence to do that...

I matted and layered the topper and attached it to the card....spritzed some water and patted it dry to give water add a little more depth I used some Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain  on my mat and flicked it on the work with a paintbrush.

A metal embellishment some Bakers Twine and Glossy Accents and the design is complete.

Here is a close up of the gorgeous Clarity Poppy Stamp,

And the Clarity verse stamp....they can both be found here....
Thank you for looking in today, as always I value your comments and remember to watch Barbara on C&C tomorrow 9-11am....
Also if you get chance, go on the Clarity blog and see the brilliant work from my fellow Challenge D.T. Members...some real stunners this month....
Better go and get on....Tess to walk and primulas to plant.....have a great weekend all,
Hugs....Jo. X 


  1. Good Morning this card and I now have more stamps I NEED! Hope the walk and the planting go well! xx

  2. Beautiful Jo and I love the details you have given as to how it was made. I will be using this idea for backgrounds, love the subtle colouring for the crackle so effective. xxxxx

  3. Beautiful card Jo. I love the crackle effect and how you've stamped over the top of the poppies with Versafine. I'll have to remember that tip. x

  4. Jo, this has to be my all time favourite of your cards ... it looks like a beautiful tile from an old fireplace. The colours and textures you have created here are fabulous ... I love it all xxx Annie

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  6. Your card is jaw droppingly gorgeous Jo, I love everything about it! Anne x

  7. This is beautiful Jo, I love the colours you have used and I am now going to have to buy the crackle stamp... it's brilliant. Oh, and the poppy...Vx

  8. Jo I love the poppy stamp and the crackle stamp has just been added to my "must have" list. xx

  9. LOVE IT LOTS! This is a truly lovely card Jo. All the work you have put into it. Thanks for sharing your techniques. Big Hugs xx

  10. Just love it may try later as have the poppy stamp not sure if have verse or right colours but will improvise thank you for share it is truly lovely xxx

  11. Late on parade today sorry Jo I have been out, this is just gorgeous and I love how you over-stamped the poppy and oh the crackle I do like this stamp sooo handy xx

  12. Jo this is spectacular. i don't think i've ever come across that poppy stamp but it is gorgeous and that is now on my list as i have the other two. beautifully vintage xx

  13. Wow Jo you've done it again! Absolutely beautiful. What a difference the over stamping of the poppy made, it really pops. Looking forward to the Clarity shows today. Have a great day xx

  14. Hi Jo, this is truely beautiful, I can't believe the difference that the vintage sepia over stamped has made, it really does make the flower pop! I love it. Good to see you using your new favourite stamp xx

  15. Hi Jo, this is a really beautiful card. The over stamping of the poppy really makes a difference. xx