Thursday, 8 September 2016

So Blessed.....

Today's card.....
Update......Thrilled that my card has won over at The Craft Stamper-Make It Take It Challenge.
And an Honourable Mention at Rubber Dance.
Thank you so very much x
I had a fun day today trying out different techniques.
I first stamped the leaves and flowers with thick white gesso. 
This gave a gorgeous chalky feel to the card.
I then used several shades of grey distress inks to blend over the gesso stamping for the background.
I wiped the distress inks off the gesso, which left an off white colour, which is what I wanted.
I then over stamped, off setting the leaves and flowers with two shades of archival grey inks.
A few of the stamped rain drops have glossy accents on them.
I finished with die cutting a stitched square 
and adding the sentiment, stamped in dark grey archival ink.
I have had a lovely time away this past week visiting family and having a fabulous time x
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Crafty Hugs x
Challenges I would like to enter.....
Rubber Dance - 2nd Anniversary of the blog Challenge
The leaves and flowers are Rubber Dance Stamps
I have gone with July and the optional theme of Friendship x
Stamplorations - Sketch and or Theme-Stamping and Monochromatic scheme
I have gone with the Monochromatic theme
Craft Stamper Magazine - Take it Make it - Stamp It - Anything Goes using stamps
Lots of stamping on this card
Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media - Distress
I used distress inks to blend the background


  1. WOW WOW WOW!! Mac, this design is absolutely gorgeous!! I love how you've used the paint for your leaves and the depth and shading you've achieved with your inks over it! The water drops really add even more dimension on here! Thanks for sharing this really stunning design today! Glad you enjoyed time with your family! :) HUGS

  2. Oh wow, this is stunning, I might give it a try. ted so beautifully. I think one of your best cards so far, well I like most of your cards, but this one is different.

  3. What an amazing card - love the texture and subtle shades of gray - absolutely stunning.

  4. WoW, such a beautiful card! Stunning colors and fantastic stamps! Thank you for joining the Rubber Dance Challenge!
    Hugs, DT-Anita

  5. OMGosh Mac this stunning, I love everything about it. The texture is fabulous and the mono shades of grey are brilliant, marvellous design, Pleased to hear you had a lovely holiday, Kate x

  6. Ok that's it! I'm calling the airlines!! I really need lessons Mac! You do the most remarkable cards I've ever seen!! This one is truly a show stopper! You need to frame this one and add it to the art in your beautiful home!!!


  7. O MY GOODNESS!!!! This is outstanding!! Totally genius and absolutely gorgeous! How do you come up with these ideas?? Love the shades you have in there and the whole card is beautiful!!

  8. your card is stunning - love the monochromatic greys
    thanks for joining us at HLS Mixed Media
    Barb Housner (DT)

  9. Wow - that card looks amazing!!!! I carefully read through on how you did this - I think I have to try this one day! You should make a tutorial, PLEASEEEEE!!

  10. This is absolutely stunning, Mac... and just my kind of lovely, gentle colour scheme.
    AMAZING. x

  11. What an amazing card - so unique and different. So soft and beautiful. I'm callin' a winner here ;)

  12. I will definitely be scraplifting this idea!!! WOW OH WOW!!! This is the coolest stamping technique I've seen in ages and I adore it. Biggest hugs and know that I will pin this one! ;0

  13. My oh my this is BRILLIANT! And defintely stuning; my jaw hit the floor. I am smitten....

  14. You'll have to forgive me Mac as I thought I had already left a comment on this post. We'll call it an age thing and leave it at that! ;) The two words that first spring to mind are 'Wow' and 'Amazing.' What a fabulous piece of art. I love the gentle blending of the background and the different colours that you've used that all work together perfectly. The leaves are stunning and look like they're jumping off the page. It's going to be a very lucky friend who receives this card, I'll have to let you know when my birthday is ;) Seriously, I love this card Mac. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening. Sandra x

  15. Fantastic card, Mac!! What a great idea to stamp with gesso first and then on top of that! The result is awesome!! Lovely way to colour the background, too. Thank you for joining our challenge's 2nd anniversary at Rubber Dance ♥

  16. What a stunning card you are showing here.
    Beautiful leaves in grey/browntones, they are gorgeous!
    I immediately became a follower of your blog, because I saw so many beautiful things you made!
    In answer to your question on my blog I replied already, that it's okay with me, that you are following this technique in your own way.
    I am curious what you are making out of it??
    Groetjes Gery

    1. That is so kind of you, thank you so much x I shall let you know when I pop it on the blog, thanks again x

  17. WOW!!! This is simply stunning. Those leaves look so delicate ... just beautiful. Thank you so much for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  18. I have been pretty busy lately. So sorry for my late comment! Your card is so fabulous! LOVE how you used gesso first and then stamped with monochromatic grey/black! In love with this beauty! Also, thanks for linking up at STAMPlorations! Glad to have you with us as always! :)

  19. Oh, my! This is AWESOME, Mac! I love the texture of the thick Gesso and the shades of gray! Very classy!

  20. I believe this is the most elegant card I've ever seen. Brilliant work! Thank you for entering the Rubber Dance challenge this month. Hugs Susanne.

  21. It looks all frosty and atmospheric. Love it. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

  22. This is absolutely stunning, Mac! It's so elegant and artistic. Definitely need to try this technique. Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It Make It :)

  23. That is just beautiful, thanks for joining in with us at the Craft Stamper challenge, Elizabeth x

  24. Wow this is beautiful Thanks so much for joining the Craft Stamper challenge, Good Luck and hope to see you again soon. xx

  25. Many congratulations Mac on your win at Craft Stamper. Your artwork is always stunning and I'm so pleased that you've been given the recognition you deserve. I'm so happy for you :) Sandra X

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by....I am still away on holiday and will be back tomorrow and looking forward to catching up and admiring your amazing cards. Absolutely thrilled to have won with my card and thank you for the congratulations X

  26. WOW!! This is superb!!! Congrats on a well deserved win at Craft Stamper and thanks for the heads up X

  27. Awesome technique, love your card and creativity! Congrats on your win at Craft stamper :)
    thanks for leaving kind words on my blog :)

  28. I love this card !!! WOW! Gray background give the impression of autumn mist, and monochrome colors suggests that thing happens at dawn, when the colors are not too differentiated because of the small amount of light. It's very beautiful card and admire your technique. All very cleverly done.
    Thank you for this extraordinary inspiration.

  29. Wow! Stunning card! The grey effect is artistic! Thank you for sharing at STAMPlorations.


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