Tuesday 27 May 2014

Waltzingmouse Fanatics - Challenge 18 Texture

Hi, these are my designs for the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge No 18 Texture.
There is still time to enter your designs on the Fanatics blog, well worth a visit.

I like to add texture to my designs where I can, often by using an embossing folder. It took me a while to get started with the folders but now I love them as much as my stamps and dies

My first design idea is using textured/grunge paste through a stencil to create the Chinese Lantern shapes. This is the first time that I have tried this, so inspired by your challenge blog I have had a go at something new to me, and so pleased I really enjoyed this technique. I added distress inks to colour them, and a variegated background from the Waltzingmouse Stamp Asian Gardens, using the tree stamp from the same set and shading the inks for the blossom. The sentiment is from a favourite set, Folk Art Medallions, cut out with a Spellbinders Die and mounted on foam pads, as is the chinese tree.

I then went on to make an easy design for a Beach Party Invite, using the My Island Stamp Set and an embossing folder background of shell design, inked over with distress inks to bring out the shells. I used the Splat that set for the background on the Tag, and Chicken Wire stamp to add some interest, the tag was tied on with bakers twine.

My final contribution, was inspired by an embossing folder in a wood texture design, which I thought could make an interesting representation of a seascape. Grabbing my Ocean Bound stamp set, a go to stamp set for me, I stamped three ships and then embossed the wood design. Using a brayer I covered the embossed design with a sea blue colour, which brought out the white wave pattern. Adding the sentiment on a die cut label. A very simple design, in a tight colourway.

Thank you for visiting, hope that you enjoyed my designs.

Kathy x


  1. Great cards! The shading on the foilage of the tree looks fabulous and the woodgrain seascape came out beautifully!

  2. Oh WOW! The woodgrain embossing folder for the nautical card is a stroke of genius!!

  3. I agree - very clever seascape! Lovely cards, all.

  4. Kathy, your cards are just fabulous! I love the texture and colours on them all, but I particularly like the seascape! Thanks so much for your continued support of Waltzingmouse Fanatics!

  5. Another great set of cards Kathy! I'm with Deborah - I love the seascape.
    Thanks so much for joining the Fanatics this week.