Thursday 10 August 2017

Getting Inky to Add Some Stamping with Team Lou

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is


Today I have used the Pine Sprig digital stamp by QKR Stampede,
a recent addition to my digital stamp collection.

I printed the image on A5 X-Press It blending card using a laser printer, heat set, trimmed to size (3 1/2" x 5") then coloured with Copic markers.  I took the image panel, used my MISTI to align the sentiment perfectly before stamping it twice to give a solid dark result.  I confess that I have developed a strong love of my clear and unmounted rubber stamps since getting the MISTI, it makes getting a clean, crisp result so easy, each and every time.

I printed another set of images on plain cardstock, applied some X-Press It Mask It over the image, then fussy cut the image out using micro tip scissors.  I cut the mask slightly smaller by trimming into the outer edge smaller.  Having the mask slightly smaller ensures that you don't get any white zones around the image after it is removed.  I peeled the mask off and carefully aligned it with the image and smoothed it down firmly.  I applied Old Paper Distress Ink to the image panel using a small round blending tool, being careful around the edges of the mask.
Once the ink blending was complete, I wiped off the mask and carefully peeled it off.
I added a touch of Wink of Stella sparkle to the golden bells.

I adhered wood panel patterned paper to an A5 top folding card base, trimmed off the paper edges and the excess card from the bottom.  I know it makes for an odd size card but it allowed me to use most of the 6 1/2" wood panelled patterned paper.

I trimmed a length of burlap to be slightly larger than the image panel and applied a dollop of liquid adhesive to the middle at the back before aligning it on the card front.

Lucky last came the image panel.  I applied quite a bit of liquid adhesive to the back and aligned it over the burlap.

Copic markers - bells - Y000-00-11-15 + YR23
Copic markers - pine cones - E55-57-59
Copic markers - ribbons - R22-24-27
Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush
MISTI - THE Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Fiskars - Simple Stick Repositionable Rubber Stamps - Holiday Hooplah
X-Press It - Mask It
Distress Ink - Old Paper
Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" paper pad - Basecoat
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers & burlap


I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

ABC Christmas Challenge - P, Q and R for People, Quick and/or Red
Anything Christmas Goes
Anything Christmas Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #255 - Make It Humorous/Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog - Challenge #122 - Anything Goes
option Summer ... we have a hot, summery Christmas Down Under
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Challenge #78 - A Festive Sentiment
The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #32 - Anything Goes
Optional Theme - Traditional Christmas Colours
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD week commencing 8th Aug
Time Out Challenges - Challenge #89 - Home Sweet Home


  1. This is a really lovely Christmas card Tracy, those gold bells are perfect they look real on your card. Love the use of the Burlap or sacking giving your card extra texture and of course a 3D effect. Great card and thanks so much for sharing it with us over at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge and good luck.
    Kathie PPCC~DT

  2. This is just the cutest card ever and just perfect for our challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenge "A Festive Sentiment" good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  3. Magnificent, Tracy! I love the woodgrain background and the burlap gives such wonderful texture. Thanks so much for playing along in our Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Hope to see you playing again soon.
    NanaConnie DT

  4. love the use of texture behind your image. Thank you for sharing your card with us at QKR Stampede.

  5. Such a stunning creation Tracy! I love the shine on those bells. They really do look 3D, so cleverly done. A really gorgeous Christmas creation hun. It'll be upon us in no time, I must add some more to my stash too!! Hugs, Wends xoxo

  6. Very nice card! Thank you for playing along at Penny's Challenges. We look foward to seeing you again next time.
    Hugs, Mary (DT)

  7. Fab make. Thanks for joining us in our Anything Goes challenge at Polkadoodles
    Anjie (DT)

  8. I love this card! If I received it I would promptly frame it and add it to my rustic Christmas Décor!! Clever use of materials and deceptively simple coloring! Nice to know how you used the mask!! Have a great day & Thanks for playing along at PIP Challenges!!

  9. Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

  10. This is so rustic and wonderful! Love everything from the dark wood tones to the sparkle of the bells! That is a very interesting technique with the X-Press It Mask. Thanks for sharing with us over at Digi Choosday! ~ Katrina

  11. How beautiful. So glad you joined us at Morgan's ArtWorld.

  12. Beautiful Christmas card!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good luck and hope to see you again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  13. What a lovely card. Thanks so much for joining in the fun with us at Digi Choosday Challenge, good luck! Yvonne (DT)

  14. A beautiful Christmas card, thank you for sharing it with us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge
    Anne DT

  15. love the use of texture behind your image. Thank you for sharing your card with us at QKR Stampede.

  16. Beautiful card - love your colouring.

    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Made by Helen{My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door
    Sorry for the late comment – I’ve had some computer problems

  17. A fabulous rustic Christmas design and amazing colouring! Thank you for joining our challenge over at Sparkles Christmas monthly! Love Jacky x

  18. it's beautiful Tracy
    Thanks for join us at
    {ScrapbookStampSociety DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  19. Wow, beautiful card, Tracy. I love the image and your colouring. Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Luv, Wilma

  20. What a great card and I love your masking technique.I couldn't be without my Misti now either lol!
    Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenge and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  21. I love the addition of burlap into your design - it adds a wonderful rustic feel and contrasts beautifully with your sparkly bells! Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out! Jill

  22. Lovely card - love the image and the burlap!
    Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Extra!
    DT for CHNC Extra!
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!


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