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Monday, 24 August 2015

CCM 146 No Patterned Papers

It’s my turn to host the challenge at Crafty Cardmakers this fortnight and I would love to see your creations that have no patterned paper. By that I mean not printed, nor ready made designer type papers. You can of course, make your own design, as long as it doesn’t involve printing I guess!

Anyhow mine came about as a result of a mistake with something else I was trying to create. I have these brushos, but quite frankly I am not good at getting the results other people seem to get. I seem to be either too heavy handed with them, or not enough of them on the background. Also because you have to spritz the card to get them to move and then you risk your card being all buckled perhaps I don’t start off with enough dampness to the card. So I did this sheet, trimmed up in the photo below, but realised that yet again it was to dern busy and that any image or focal point would be lost against it because of their being so much diverse spread of colour.


I was about to bin it when I had a brainwave (yes I know it’s rare my brain is even firing on half a cylinder let alone having a ‘wave’.

I have a few of those gorgeous Memory Box Open Studio dies that are designed to cut a slightly distressed looking pattern into your cardstock and I just placed it up to the messy background and liked the look of what peeked through. The white from the cardstock really broke up the mess, and made it fairly attractive.

146 No Patterned Papers

I repeated the pattern in the opposite diagonal corner, and then stuck it down, before matting both sheets onto some blue cardstock, which I also diecut a greeting from.

My image is from Morgan Fitzsimmons and I coloured her with copics and also some prismacolours. I glittered her wings and the butterflys.

I have to be honest here, when I was sticking down the diecut card some of the pigment on the background had not been dampened and as a consequence there were flecks of pigment dust left on the card and some of these transferred to my white cardstock, leaving a couple of mucky marks so I had to put my image at more jaunty an angle than I really wanted to and also add a few mauve gems to one side to cover it!

So if you fancy copying with any brusho disasters of your own, give them a good dusting first to make sure you have dislodged all the dry pigment that hasn’t melded itself into the card.

I am entering this into:-

Alphabet Challenge – N for No Design Papers
Chocolate Coffee and Cards – #98 Use a Sentiment
Colouring In Scrapland – #02 Things With Wings
Get Creative – #22 No Printed Paper
Glitter N Sparkle – #151 Happy Birthday
Incy Wincy – Birthday Wishes
Lisa Somerville Bloggers Challenge – Backgrounds
Robyn’s Fetish – #278 Use A Digi
Ruby’s Rainbow – #111 Diecuts or Punches
Stamping Sensations – Aug: Anything Goes With a Stamp and Die



  1. Wow Lin, this is stunning! Love the ink "splatted" background and the gorgeous latice work die cut over it.
    Hope you are keeping well.
    Hugs, Helen x

  2. Rage to riches....I think this is fabulous and has turned out so it..... funny how sometimes what we start with ends up way better than we think...and sometimes the other way of course. Can't see any mistakes here just a great card....oh and I do love those dies...stop tempting me!

  3. A truly fab card, love the background xx

  4. This is fabulous Lin. Love the spritzed background. The die is gorgeous and love your beautifully coloured image.
    Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Hugs Sharon. x

    I have some candy on my blog as an apology for my lack of commenting recently. It is also a celebration candy and I would love you to join.

  5. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Incy Wincy Designs, good luck!!! Amy DT

  6. The paper with splatters is beautiful in itself, but I like how you went one step further and covered it with the die cut panel, allowing the colors to show through the cut out parts...

  7. Wouw beautiful i love it, and thanks so much for playing along with us at CC&CC.
    Hugs Anneke DT

  8. Wow, wow, wow! so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous creation with us at stamping sensations this month and good luck!

  9. Excellent card!! Love the background you created. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  10. This is beautiful, love the background !
    Made by Willeke

  11. really lovely card love the colours under the lattice
    thanjs for joining incy wincy
    Lynne DT

  12. Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Ruby's Rainbow for our 'Dies or Punches' challenge.
    Hugs Helen P x

  13. Lin this is just stunning. I NEED those dies, where did you get them from?
    Sorry it has taken me so long to stop by, the bloody Internet again, it hates me lol.
    Hugs Kimx

  14. Lovely card perfect for our challenge at Ruby's Rainbow thank you for sharing with us
    Shaz DT x

  15. Love the background you've created, the soft colors and the pretty image. Very beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us at Colouring in Scrapland "Thing with wings" challenge.

  16. This is one amazing card. Love the background and the die cuts. Gorgeous image and again beautifully coloured.

  17. Sorry for taking so long to come and see your work.
    Gorgeous card and such a great idea for the background! Love it!

    Thank you for joining us at the Alphabet Challenge Blog, I do hope you can join us again!



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