Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Shades of Blue Challenge

This is my entry for the Shades of Blue Challenge at Emmas Cards UK.

 Shades of Blue Challenge Card

M &M (Materials and Method)

DCWV The Luxury Stack 12x12 pad
Tim Holtz Adirondack Coredinations 12x12 pad
Bazzill Basics textured 12x 12 sheets
Variety of blue textured card from my stash
Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Tsukineko Brilliance Mediterranean Blue
Archival Cobalt

Die Cutting and Embossing
Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven
Spellbinders normal size Labels Eleven
Sizzix Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz Bigz Die
Spellbinders Anemone Flower Topper Dies
A4 Touch of Mica masks - Clouds
La Blanche Stamp of Birds and Cage
Creative Expressions sentiment from Dreamy Sentiments Set
Stampendous Clear embossing powder
One white organza flower from Creative Expressions, died blue using my own mixture of mica powder and water.
Few Kaisercraft blue pearls and small blue gems for accents. Some sky blue grosgrain ribbon from stash
Tim Holtz idea-ology sander for distressing
Tim Holtz Inking Tool

Foreground Frames
Cut DCWV Luxury Pearl finish patterned 12 x 12 sheet to A4 size, cut out aperture using the largest of the grand labels eleven, embossed using Touch of Mica Clouds mask. Inked with tumbled glass distress ink.
Cut Coredinations 12x12 sheet to ‘A4 size and cut aperture using Grand Labels Eleven two sizes down from biggest. Embossed using Touch of Mica Clouds mask. Inked with tumbled glass.
These two frames were attached to each other with slightly raised foam pads to add dimension. 

Cut several cards with a variety of shades and textures and cut into strips 3 to 4 inches wide and about 12 inches long, fanned out to make sun rays effect. Placed these centrally under the two outer frames after attaching to A4 card and trimming to tidy. Stuck these flat except for overlapping and texture. 

Stamped central image of birds using Archival Cobalt blue, cut and embossed with labels eleven smaller set. I inked the card with tumbled glass and added few small pearls to accent berries.

Stamped sentiment with brilliance ink and heat embossed with clear powder. Added tiny star gems to highlight star trail in stamp, inked card with tumbled glass distress ink. Card also cut with one of the smaller labels eleven. I designed the sentiment to be a detachable keepsake but I stuck it on here with foam to lift it off surface. Looped grosgrain ribbon and attached to back of sentiment.

One blossom was cut with Tattered Florals from textured sheet of Bazzill Basics I had embosses with the A4 cloud mask. This was then sanded, scrunched and inked with tumbled glass. The layers were stacked using foam for dimension to lift proud from the page. To top it off I used a little organza flower which I had died blue (from white) using a solution I made with mica powder and water.
The other blossom was cut and embossed using Spellbinders anemone dies and one doily accent. These were sanded but left uninked as I wanted the matt finish to juxtapose with the more pearly finish of the other blossom. This blossom was moulded to shape and stacked with foam for height and was finished with a little blue pearl.

If anything has not been explained properly please just ask by leaving a comment or post on CBN Facebook. I would welcome comments, thanks for looking. Vee x


  1. Gorgeous card Vee, I love the image and those flowers are fab
    Lindsay xx

  2. Very pretty Vee.....I love those stamps x

  3. lovely card image is great
    Pauline xx

  4. Hi Vee
    A very beautiful card, I do like blue.
    Have just become a follower.
    If you havve time take a look at my blog, I only started it last week, so still a novice.

    1. thank you, Janet I will be over soon xx

  5. Gorgeousness, love the card great soft colours! Sending big hugs Jo xxx

  6. This is gorjuss, love the colour range of blues, gorjuss xx Im following as well xx

  7. Fabulous card Vee, love the blues and the sentiment is lovely. Michelle x

  8. A beautiful card Vee, and thank you for joining in with Emmas Crafty Challenge x

    1. Thank you, Jane I have been wanting to for days! xx

  9. Wow Vee I love this I have these nesties you have inspired me thank you xx Jan

    1. What a lovely compliment, thank you so much. Vee xx

  10. Absolutely gorgeous Vee beautiful colours loving the flowers. Chris xx

  11. Love those flowers!!

  12. Stunning, love that image its gorgeous, fabby color as well and really like the little verse xx

  13. It's really beautiful Vee. So much going on but in a very subtle and classy way.

    1. Thank you so much what a really lovely thing to say. xx

  14. Lovely card and lovely colours, just love the birdcage :)

  15. Hi Vee, I'm Elaine what a beautiful card , I love all the shades of blue and the sentiment is FAB.
    Well done love all your cards and your style of crafting.

    1. Thank you - what lovely things to say and thanks for joining us here, I am still playing catch up so I am sorry for not getting back sooner. Vee xx

  16. Vee, this is sooo bea-u-tiful x
    Thanks for blog hopping with me
    Marie x

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  17. Thank you, marie and you are welcome. Vee xx


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Vee xx