Mix and Match card

Last week I was looking through Instagram and came across a fabulous card by Nichol Magouirk. It was made from a mix of images from different stamping companies, and the idea of this really took my imagination. As well as this, I’ve been thinking for a while about using the smaller images on many of my stamp sets.

When I buy a stamp set, it is usually because I am taken by the main image, and sometimes I don’t even look at the little bonus images that come with the stamp set. Not this time though!

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This card has used images from My Favourite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Lawn Fawn, Paper Smooches, , Mama Elephant, Penny Black and Power Poppy. All except the Powerpoppy image (which I partially inked) are smaller images.

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The card looks simple, but actually it took several steps to make it. First, there was quite a bit of measuring to make sure the images fitted evenly on the card. I then cut a leaf stencil using Simon Says Stamp “One with Nature” dies, and used this to centre the small images. Once this was done, the images were masked using masking fluid; then the ‘stencil’ was replaced and the leaves were ink blended using Distress inks. Finally the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp ‘Many Thanks’ completed the card.

The rounded corner? Whilst I really like it, in the interests of honesty, I must declare that I went out of the lines while ink blending. While I could scratch off most of the damage with my craft knife, taking the corner off helped too! It’s a classic example of necessity being the mother of invention. I actually love he way the rounded corner echoes the shape of the leaves, but I wouldn’t have thought to do it without the original blooper.

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