Saturday 1 October 2011

The eyes have it!

 Good afternoon bloggers and happy world cardmaking day!

I haven't actually managed to do a lot of card making on world cardmaking day - it's unseasonally hot in the UK - 29 in Sheffield today so I've been out and about but I have managed to do a little craft shopping and make a card for today's LIM challenge.  This week its a colour challenge and we have to make a card the colour of our eyes and below is a very scary looking shot of one of my eyes which are mostly blue with a hint of grey and beige at their centre.

I've used the lovely sketch at Anabelle stamps as the deisgn to go with the blue of my eye and as I've been taking the great online techniques class by Jennifer McGuire, I've put into practice a couple of the new techniques I've learnt - faux suede and kiss resist embossing.


For the outer circles I stamped an elzybels flower with versamark and an elzybels text with grey distress ink and kissed the two together.  I stamped the flowers onto glossy paper and once dry applied broken china distress ink all over and buffed off to reveal the resist.  For the central one I embossed a square of glossy paper with a floral folder and sanded the raised elements with a sanding block carefully.  I inked it all over with broken china and the two different textures of cardstock absorb the ink differently giving you the faux suede look.  I finished with a matching floral ribbon and matching gems as per the sketch.

I'm only on lesson 3 of 12 of the techniques class but I have to say I have learnt so much already and it is totally worth the mere $19 price tag.  I hope to get a little time tomorrow to do lesson 4!

Don't forget too as its the first of the month we have a new challenge over at St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge - we want to see masculine cards and have this amazing prize from Craftie Charlie up for grabs for the best card this month.

Catch you later.......

Tara (aka Craftilicious) x


  1. Wow you are certainly learning some interesting techniques Tara...I fancy trying some of these!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  2. You made a fab card with a sketch that I think is quite challenging, nice one!

  3. Super simple card Tara, interesting circles
    Super job!
    Thank you
    Mandi LIM

  4. Gorgeous Tara. Love the different techniques you`ve used and that matching ribbon is perfect.
    Lynne xxx

  5. Love the new techniques Tara, they more than make up for lack of crafty time! Fabby card too :)
    Jenny x

  6. Tara - very pretty eye!!! Love the card too - another blue eyed lovely :)

  7. Great card Tara, love the new techniques. Carol x

  8. Love the different size you used for this card. I always hesitate to used a different size because I never have envelopes to fit! I see a new challenge is posted for St. Lukes. It just so happens that I've made a couple of cards that will fit that to get them posted and linked! LOL! Fab card, Tara!

  9. This is a really fab card and thanks for sharing how it was done x

  10. Just beautiful Tara! This is such a great technique you've used and looks so pretty on the flowers!
    Thanks for sharing with us this week :)

  11. What a fantastic card Tara! Those techniques look very interesting.

  12. Your eyes are a gorgeous color... makes for a gorgeous card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at AnnaBelle stamps!

  13. Hi good to see you back with the AnnaBelle Stamps challenge this week......Love the colour you used lucky girl with such beautiful eyes!

  14. Hi Tara

    This is fabulous. Loving the "kissing" technique. Those sound like fabby lessons!

    What a great sketch and theme.

    Love Jules xx

  15. Lovely card and some super techniques. x

  16. Great card and techniques.

  17. Lovely Tara and good to see these techniques. I particularly like the faux suede effect of the central flower. Vx

  18. What a beautiful card you have created and what beautiful eyes you have!
    Love the blue and white together!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

    Take Care,
    Kylie X

  19. What a fabulous take on the sketch Tara!! love all these gorgeous techniques, beautiful colour combo!
    Thanks for sharing at AnnaBelle's this week! :)

  20. You have used such pretty blues! Great card. Thanks for joining us at AnnaBelle's this week!


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