It has been a glorious weekend with weather that is starting to give me a full blown case of spring fever.  I was inside for a bit to play with toys and I pulled out a set of stamp pads that have graced my shelf, unopened, for more than two years.   I had fallen in love with {the thought of} these Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger Industries.  As I cut open the shrink wrap, I cringed thinking that surely my investment had dried up and I was really fretting because I did not purchase any of the reinkers. 

Yay!! When I opened them, they were nice and juicy, even though they sat idle for so long.  I wanted to use them to try to create an antique looking background for this stamp so I pulled out my stipple brushes and pounced away with several colors.  The card is relatively simple…I thought it might be a little bit too plain so I layered the sections of the diamond to give the card a little bit of dimension. 


Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous

Paper:  Bazzill Bling, Marco’s Cougar Opaque

Ink:  Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Aged Mahogany Distress Ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Accessories:  Black Embossing Powder, Black Brads, stipple brushes, Hobby Lobby Ribbon


  • SmilynStefMarch 31, 2008 - 6:00 am

    Love that fun cut/fold … and the way you knotted the ribbon … wonderful card.ReplyCancel

  • nancy bMarch 31, 2008 - 7:10 am

    I look forward to whats new on your blog every day. And you never let me down. Robert says “Wow she has such a talent!” I concur.ReplyCancel

  • BeckyMarch 31, 2008 - 2:21 pm

    Looks great….i love what you did with the ribbon!!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideMarch 31, 2008 - 9:14 pm

    hears another beautiful card, I have some of those stamp pads too, and need to use them, now i have an idea!! I like the cut of the card also, its neat. just right for that quote stamp. keep em coming.

  • heather the mooseloverApril 3, 2008 - 11:53 am

    Elegant card- I love how you used the Distress Inks (I bought mine 3 years ago with the reinkers and I like all of them but the one pad that hasn’t been opened!) The layered is a nice effect with the distressedness (I made up my own word!)ReplyCancel

:45 Hmmmm, well I had a post scheduled for last night, but in my sleepy stupor I keyed the time in wrong time.

On Splitcoaststampers one of the techniques showcased last week was misting  with markers so I decided to give it a try.  This whole card is misted, part with markers and part was done by misting the paper before stamping.


The card is made with Fabriano Acquarello Watercolor Paper.  The flowers were misted after they were stamped with dye based ink and the sentiment tag was misted with markers.  The background paper was done with the same colors by misting the paper and applying the dye based ink with an aquapainter.  The final layer was scored with a scor-pal around the outside edges and between flowers to give a tiny bit of dimension and the panel criss-crossed with embroidery floss  The sentiment sits on a tag punched out of the same watercolor paper, mounted on sticky dots, embellished with ribbon and dew drops.

Here is a closer view…

The ribbon is actually more of a hot pink than the coral color that appears here and the watercolors appear much softer in real life.  The camera and editing adds just a little bit of harshness.





Stamps: Hero Arts, Rubber, Rubber Stampede

Paper:  Fabriano Acquarello

Inks:  SU Apricot Appeal, SU Certainly Celery, SU Regal Rose

Accessories:  Dew Drops, Michaels Ribbon 7/8", Making Memories Floss – Baby Pink

Thanks for stopping by!


  • BeckyMarch 29, 2008 - 7:36 pm

    This is sooo pretty, i love everything about it…great job!ReplyCancel

  • nancy bMarch 30, 2008 - 6:26 am

    WOW!!! just fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • SmilynStefMarch 30, 2008 - 12:04 pm

    What a wonderful card … I really love the scoring and how you tucked your sentiment in the embroidery floss … beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideMarch 30, 2008 - 5:27 pm

    gorgeeous, beautiful this is one of my favorite colors. I would like a lesson in this technique. esp. how u did the background. Im saving this baby.

I had a wonderful dinner with my stamping girlfriends tonight and we had an opportunity to welcome back a long distance friend – we love you Linda!!  As I reflect back on the evening I know that life is good!  

I was able to make a quick card tonight.  I’ve been itching to use my Paisley Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.   Not knowing how to color it, I pulled out my white primsacolor pencil and it was quick, fast and easy to color, plus no mess.  The white makes for a very subtle look.  I added a stamped panel and decided to hang a tiny sentiment.

Here is a little bit more detail…


Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous, Savvy Stamps

Paper:  K & Co Bailey, Bazzill

Inks:  SU More Mustard, SU Close to Cocoa

Accessories:  Michaels Ribbon, paper clip


Have a great day,


  • JanineMarch 28, 2008 - 12:16 pm

    This is a great card.. I love the detail and the color is just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Linda KlebackMarch 30, 2008 - 6:21 am

    I love all of you, too! Our dinner and time together was wonderful. Thank you, Becky, for my wonderful note card set. I got it home safely, and it’s sitting where I can see it every day. It’s so pretty that I don’t know if I’ll ever actually open it to see the cards!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideMarch 30, 2008 - 5:24 pm

    another beautiful card, I really like this one. its just so different and elegant, suttle, and the list goes on and on. U will have to tell me if that is one stamp or two with the design. the white on the paisley turned out really well, keep em coming u are teaching me so much….