Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Justrite Songbird

This fortnight's challenge on Justrite is a sketch. I thought I'd turn the whole thing back to front, so the borders are in the foreground and the main image at the back. Sheri said she'd like to see some background stamps used, and I just love this "Songbird" stamp, so thought it would be perfect for today's card.


The main image is stamped onto watercolour paper with black archival ink and coloured with Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush. Lace edge stamps are stamped in versamark onto coloured card before heat-embossing in gold, then cutting with the matching Spellbinders die. Two are made in black and two in red. The main image is matted onto red card and the lace borders adhered with Pinflair glue for some added dimension, overlapping the outer lace borders. The pinflair needs some time to try, so set it aside for half an hour before matting again onto gold and black card.

"Bow, button and stickpins"

My bessie mate Lee gave me these fabulous Oriental looking beads and I turned them into a pair of stickpins, picking the colours to go with the rest of the card. They are fixed behind the bow with some Pinflair (I use a big blob to cover the pointy end of the pins and keep them safe), and another blob of Pinflair is used to fix the button in front of the bow. This button had a shank that was removed with a pair of wire cutters so it would sit flat.

Justrite stamp sets: Songbird, Classic Art Deco Lace Edges One, Large Fancy Sentiments
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Edges One
Ink pads: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Versamark clear
Colouring: Derwent Inktense Pencils, 24 set & detail water brush
Embossing powders: Stampendous Pirate Gold, Stampendous Clear Detail
Cardstock: red 300gsm, black 300gsm, gold 300gsm
Watercolour paper
Ribbon, button & handmade stickpins
Adhesives: Pinflair dimensional glue, PVA, Glossy Accents

Entered for the following challenge:
Justrite Friday Sketch Challenge 94

What? You're still here? You want more????

OK then, here are two others I made in different colourways using the same design :-)


This is actually the first one I made, using just the Derwent "Willow" colouring and  Sepia archival ink pad for stamping. It gives a really soft, vintage look. The gorgeous brown / gold ribbon came from my local craft shop. I diecut a label with the sentiment for this one, but in the other two cards the sentiment is stamped straight onto the background. I prefer the simpler design.

"Teenage Girl"

I thought this fuchsia and pretty blue colour scheme would work well for a teenage girl, but it also happens to be the colour scheme my mil loves best (hello Martha!). Have a lovely, Sunny day everyone :-)


  1. Stunning cards Maddy. That really is such a gorgeous stamp. I love the way you have framed it and the different colour schemes are beautiful. I really couldn't choose a favourite!
    Sue xx

  2. Stunning cards so different love the way you have framed them. love Alison xx

  3. How fantastic, these are gorgeous creations.

  4. Your cards are beautiful. I love the different color variations.

  5. Fabulous cards, gorgeous colours and designs, love the little pins

    Lorna xx

  6. Such lush cards, love them all

  7. Wow!! These are gorgeous. I love the decorative pins on the first card xx

  8. Wow, these are fab really fab.

  9. Fabulous stamping, rich colours and beautiful images, altogether wonderful cards

  10. Fab cards, love the rich colours. Tinaxx

  11. These are gorgeous,. I really love the gold/bronzey one especially.

  12. This set is absolutely beautiful, your colouring does the gorgeous image justice

  13. stunning set of cards and love all the colour schemes, all work really well x

  14. Absolutely beautiful card love the rich colourways of the middle one gorgeous borders
    carol x

  15. Wonderful cards - love them all!

    Suzi xx

  16. Wow...What beautiful cards....Love the blue one...Julieannex

  17. LOL. You are hilarious. Yes, I was interested on more...thanks! :)

    Great cards! I don't know which I like best- the color combos are fantastic!

    Really like how you doubled the borders!

  18. This is SO elegant! Love the gold embossing and those beautiful stick pins! Thanks for sharing with us at JustRite Inspiration ;-)

  19. Sooo pretty and unique -- I LOVE the last color combo, since I love spring, but all are pretty!!!

  20. What stunning stylish cards - I especially love the sepia one


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