Thursday, 26 January 2017

Summer Meadow

Most of my NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) stamps are red rubber ones. For the simple reason that it takes me a long time to get round to cutting them out. Years, in some cases. Take the stamps I have used on this card, Crafty Individuals Summer Meadow and Build a Meadow. Well, Summer Meadow was fine as it's an individual stamp, but I couldn't use it without the Build a meadow stamps too, could I? And they needed cutting out. So there they have sat, still in their packs, for several years.

Until now.

First I stamped the main image in white and heat embossed it. Then I watercoloured over it. I used pale colours thinking it would give a calm, tranquil effect. It didn't, it gave a washed out, practically impossible to see effect. I decided to ditch it and redo the stamping in black to stand out against a pale background but as this piece was about to be thrown away I thought "What if....?" and went over the watercolour with much darker blues and greens. and POP! The white suddenly appeared standing out against the darker shades.

For the background I stamped random elements of the Build a Meadow stamps using a Kaleidacolour Caribbean Sea pad.

This card is sort-of CASe'd - I've seen pretty much the same card somewhere, only done in brown and gold shades, but I can't for the life of me remember where. I've just had a really good browse through Pinterest and although I couldn't find the card that set off this train of thought, I now have plans to make about 5 million other cards....

I am sharing this with

Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Use your stuff - heat embossing and watercolours
Darnell's NBUS challenge # 9    


  1. Hmm come to think of it I just sorted three red rubber stamps that need cutting and mounting. I need that push too. Very pretty image and great colours.

  2. woooowww, beautiful scene you made. I love it
    Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff Challenge
    Maria Pilar DT

  3. This really is a beautiful card and what great colours. Well done for cutting out your stamps and I'm sure you'll put them to good use now. Afraid I'm also guilty of having sheets of stamps as yet unmounted. I just hate all the stick that happens doing that job and having to scrub up and sharpen my scissors afterwards! Barbxx

  4. Absolutely beautiful! Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  5. Fabulous card. I love the use of colour for the background images and the white embossing for the focal image - simply a great idea! Thanks for joining this week's challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More
    Elaine DT

  6. Beautiful colours and love how you did the background. Thanks for playing along at Use Your Stuff - Gail

  7. Pretty card, love the stamps you used.

  8. Haha, five million even beats my stack of To-CASE cards, Jane! I give you high marks for gettin' 'er done as they say in Texas! And the results were well worth it! I really love the colors and how you did your background and how the foreground image does pop with the darker wash! I had to smile because I have that foreground image and love it - didn't even know I was breaking the Craft Laws by using it without the Build a Meadow stamps! Gasp! I plead ignorance as I didn't know about the BAM set! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #9 and thanks for your kind get well wishes! I'm doing pretty well considering! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Wondeful creation from those lovely stamps, great job! Martina ATSM DT


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