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Beautiful Blue Flowers

This card was inspired by a combination of cards and techniques by Yana Smakula and Jennifer McGuire.

First, I took the inspiration of gold embossing on blue from Yana’s One Layer Floral Card. I absolutely loved the shade of blue she used and then using an outline flower stamp embossed in gold on top was just stunning. But unlike Yana’s card, I didn’t colour my flowers in using any kind of markers. Instead, I used a colour lift technique that Jennifer McGuire shared on her blog.

So, I started off with a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Surface heavyweight paper. Using various shades of blue Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink, I created a colour blend that was lighter in the center and moved out to darker shades on the edges.

I waited until my ink blend was completely dry before I liberally applied my embossing powder bag. Then I stamped my Beautiful Flowers 2 stamp from Simon Says Stamp onto my card using versamark ink. Then I applied my Recollections detail gold embossing powder and heated it until smooth and melted.

Once the embossing was done, I then took my Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen and coloured in all the flowers. As shown in Jennifer McGuires’ technique, the liquid shimmer pen will reactive the Distress Inks and lift them off the paper, making the flower petals lighter. This gives a beautifully subtle colouring to offset the stamped image from the background.

I added a few gold gems as a little extra touch and then mounted that onto a matching heavyweight navy cardstock card base. That blue is just so vibrant, here’s a little close-up.

This technique is so easy, and imagine all the colour combinations you can create with your Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks. So many wonderful options that I think I will be trying a few more in the near future.


Cardstock – Strathmore Bristol and Recollections
Stamps – Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers 2 and Stampin’ Up Whimsical Words
Ink – Versamark and Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink
Embossing Powder – Recollections
Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen
Gems – Unknown

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