Monday, 3 February 2014

Crafty Magic Blog Challenge

Hi Everyone :) <---Annabel posting!

This month we thought we would do something new on the blog and do a blog challenge!

Last time I saw Helen she gave me a redundant little owl stamp (freebie with a magazine) and I set about making a card with it!

You are welcome to join me in the challenge and borrow the stamp for something completely different or just have a go at a card? I will bring the stamp with me to the next Craft Club. There is no time limit for this.

                                       Blog Challenge Owl Card!

Here is a tutorial for the card I made.

For this card I used a 15cm x 15cm Kraft card blank and envelope, a 14cm x 14cm piece of white linen card, Distress inks, black Impress dye ink, acrylic stamping block, water pen, Cuttlebug and dies, foam pads, round corner scissors, paper straws, gardening twine and ribbon, Glossy Accents, Yellow Stickles, Heart Pearl Pins and scraps of white and brown paper.

 1. On the14cm x 14cm White Square stamp the owl image randomly all over using three different shades of Distress Inks. (I used spiced marmalade, tea dye and brushed corduroy - though any three colours will be fine!)
2. Using the watercolouring with Distress Inks technique, add some extra colour to the stamped images. I use my acrylic block to squidge out some distress ink and then use it like paint with a waterbrush. (Some water and a normal brush would work just as well.)
3. When the inks were dry I used my "corner" scissors to shape the stamped card and the Kraft card blank I was adding it to. I cut the bottom two corners off making it a tent fold card. Do not stick it down yet.
4. I stamped another little owl onto some smooth white card using Impress black ink and then coloured it using the watercolour technique with distress inks. This is using the same three shades as before with some extra "ripe persimmon" distress ink to make it a bit brighter.

5. When the ink was dry I used the Cuttlebug to cut it out using a circle die, and then cut a co-ordinating scallop circle from some brownish scrap paper. Stick the two together.
6. Before sticking on to the card base I wrapped some flattened drinking straws and some hemp style twine approx two thirds of the way down the backing paper. I used sellotape to attach them to the back of the paper and to get as flat a result as possible. Stick down the backing paper to the card base and use 3D foam tabs to add on the scallop/circle topper.
7. When the card was assembled I added some Glossy Accents to the owl's eyes and some yellow Stickles to some of their bellies. I also glued in two pearl heart pins. Then left it for an hour to dry - why does Glossy Accents take soooo long to dry?:)
8. The Final Card! - and also another I made using a different set of Distress Inks and some vintage ribbon. The owl is also stamped on the Kraft envelope to give a co-ordinated look. I printed out an owly insert for inside too.

Hope you feel inspired to make something yourself :)


  1. I'm liking the idea of the challenge Annabel.

  2. Great designs and fantastic tutorial