Saturday, 10 March 2012


Sorry, I'm getting abstract again. Slap my wrist! I was playing with some stamps yesterday. Now, I don't use stamp cleaner of any kind. Mostly to clean my stamps, I just stamp the ink off on some scrap paper. But that sort of wastes the ink, so I thought I'd stamp off the excess ink onto a nice piece of white card and use it to make a background. This is what I made with the result...

"Safe as Houses"

The background is from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th stampings of archival ink. After stamping, it was coloured with distress inks, and clouds added by splodging with Picket Fence distress stain. The houses are coloured with inks and overstamped with the butterfly before adhering to the background with a little glossy accents at each edge, bending the centre of the diecut out to create a little dimension.

"Front view"

All that was left to do was a little matting and layering onto deep red and pale blue card. And yes, that is sunshine and shadows in the photo - we have Sun in Northern Ireland, woohoo!

7Gypsies Stamp set - Conservatory
Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Aged Mahogany, Pumice Stone, Chipped Sapphire, Pine Needles
Distress Stain - Picket Fence
Archival Ink - Cobalt
Cardstock - white, red & pale blue

Entered for the following challenge:
Polkadoodles - Let's Hear it For the Boys
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes


  1. Great idea and I love the card.

  2. brilliant card and fab idea. xxx

  3. I love it and the colours you have used. Chris xx

  4. Wow this is fantastic Maddy. Its hard to believe that its made with the ink we usually wipe off. Its a gorgeous card. Got my new glasses today....I CAN SEE!! According to the Optician there was a significant drop in my eyesight from 2 years ago....oppsie! Lee x

  5. Excellent idea....and what a great card you have made from it aswell...Sharon x

  6. An awesome card, you can see all the love youve put into it :-) Elaine-xxx-

  7. I love this - great way to make backgrounds!

  8. This is a great idea Maddy, and has created a really lovely background for your card. You've inspired me to give it a go! xx Jill B

  9. Adorable card! Thanks for sharing with us at CYPC this week!
    dt member

  10. Really Lovely card. Linda x

  11. Such a lovely card :)

  12. Fabulous card
    hopped over from DC
    Lorna xx

  13. fab card great idea to clean stamps must give this ago myself x

  14. A lovely card.
    Thanks for playing along with Polka Doodles and good luck
    Anne x

  15. love this card it is so different in the nicest possible way xx

  16. oh gosh Hun this is just so effective what brilliant design just love it so effective hugs Cherylxxx

  17. What a wonderful design, love it! Hugs Jayne, x

  18. What a great idea, and lovely design. Kathy x

  19. Lovely card - great background you've made! and thanks for joining in with this weeks Papertake Weekly Challenge, Mary G x

  20. I love how you have created this card. It looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us at Polka Doodles this week.
    Clare x

  21. Thanks for playing along at Polkadoodles in our "Lets hear it for the boys" challenge! Love it - great concept! Cheers Claire x


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