Hello again! It’s been awhile since I last wrote a blog post, and for that I apologise – school holidays are still on in Western Australia for another week and a half, and I’ve been spending time with my daughter before she starts Year One! Year One! It was only yesterday that she started Kindy :(

My craft classes have resumed for 2016 (click HERE if you’re in the Busselton area and would like to attend one), and this week’s class looked at the Brick Wall technique, using the Brick Wall Textured Impressions folder.

We made two cards in class this week; with the first one having a graffiti look to it (a little homage to the Pink Floyd album, The Wall which I grew up listening to – thanks Dad); and the second, a more subtle toned floral card. I love this embossing folder because it’s a little wider than usual, meaning you can do larger card; and you can create a multitude of different brick designs.

For the first card, we used a base of Soft Suede. The card front was stamped randomly with Versamark, using the Gorgeous Grunge and Sassy Salutations stamp sets. These images were then heat embossed using some retired Stampin’ Emboss Powders.

The embossing folder was then inked on the raised side, using Versamark; and then the card front then placed inside and passed through the BigShot. The Versamark gave the indented mortar side a lovely watermarked effect.

A splattering of specks using Gorgeous Grunge and White Staz-On, and some light sponging with Soft Suede ink and a Sponge Dauber, finished off the card nicely. Here’s the finished card:

The second card was inspired by this gorgeous card by Amanda Bates. For ours, we used a card base of Whisper White cardstock. We stamped the fern stamp from Butterfly Basics onto our card front of Whisper White, using Mint Macaron ink. You can get different gradients of the same colour by stamping multiple times before re-inking your stamp.

The card front was then passed through the Big Shot, using the Brick Wall embossing folder. Once embossed, a sponge dauber inked with Sahara Sand was dragged along the edges of the bricks lightly, to add an aged look.

A small banner of Whisper White cardstock stamped with the Happy Birthday stamp from Butterfly Basics, using Lost Lagoon ink; and the banner end was made using the Hexagon punch.

A butterfly, cut from Lost Lagoon cardstock using Bold Butterfly Framelits; and a trio of Basic Rhinestone Jewels, finished the card off nicely. Here’s the finished result:

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you are leaving my blog feeling inspired! ‘Til next time x

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