Tuesday 13 May 2014

Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge No 17 - Tropical Colours

Hi, this is my take on the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Colour Challenge No 17, and what fun tropical colours they are.

I started out with a new to me technique to create the background paper. Using distress inks I dabbed the colours, green, blueish purple and greenish yellow over a sheet of card. Then positioned a stencil/mask over the top and spritzed the card with water, leaving the mask in place so that the water could dry a little. Then finished the drying with a heat gun, which gave a subtle watermark effect. Finished the background with stamping using the French Country stamps randomly stamped and inking around the edges with distress ink, for a "shabby" look. Some matting and layering up then a "ribbon" stamped with the lace from French Country, topped with a doily and a "Thanks" tag.

My first card was very much from the "green" set of colours. I had just received my new Waltzingmouse May release stamps and cutting dies, I had included a stamp set that had come back into stock, My Island.
I think inspired by the parrots, I thought that would be a good idea to use the hot reds and orange colours for the sunset stamp from My Island, Palm trees, there are always palm trees on my fantasy tropical beach, were stamped in purple. Layering up with an embossed wood effect background, like a "surf shack" worn and faded paintwork, plus a panel of stamped woven efffect, bakers twine and an organza ribbon.

My last card design was inspired by bright tropical flowers, courtesy of the Funky Flowers stamps and cutting die set, and the new Simple Sprigs cutting die set, with Simple Sprigs stamps. In a wild riot of colours. The sentiment is taken from the new stamp set Tag Collection One and cut with the Stitched Tags die set. A bow completes the tag, reminiscent of a hand tied bouquet.

All my cards are mounted on the same grass green card colour as a link between them and the challenge colours.

Hope that you enjoyed my designs.
Thank you for visiting

Kathy x


  1. Oh Kathy - these are just super. I really like the variety of cards. The green card is just super, and the tropical beach is fab. However, my favourite is the last card - the flowers are stunning. Thanks so much for your continued support of Waltzingmouse Fanatics and for joining us this week!

  2. What lovely cards - all. I am glad I clicked on the first one to see up close the water stencilled background. Very nice! And lucky you - I am still waiting for my May release stamps to get to me.

  3. Love them all Kathy - love how you got all the colours into the last one. I'm really drawn to the middle one though - guess I just want to be sitting on that berach with a cocktail!
    Thanks for joining the Fanatics once more.
    Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge DT

  4. They're all great but I really love the last one - what a gorgeous bouquet !!! Super, super, super !!!