A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Splatting and Chatting

I am having a wonderful week with Loll Thompson, Christine Alexander, and Nancy Littrell.  We're all staying at Christine's house and working our way through a bunch of techniques, making backgrounds and pieces for future cards, putting a few cards together, chatting a lot, eating very good food, and drinking some very good wine!  Just a note to self for future reference, wine dulls my creativity so trying to come up with ideas in the evening is just hopeless!

Here are two cards I made using the Distress Stain splat technique that Loll demonstrates on her video here.

It's a wonderful simple technique - simply splat on your cs with the sponge dauber on the Distress Stains (making sure they are primed and the colour is flowing first).

The cards are quite different to my usual style, especially the first one that has a kind of retro look, but I know just the person to give that one to!

Both sentiments are die cut using black for nice contrast, and the focal panels on each card are popped up on fun foam.

Watch for more of the results of our get-together in upcoming posts!

Ink - Distress Stains - Fired Brick, Barn Door, Pine Needles, Tarnished Brass, Brushed Pewter
Paper - mixed media, black and white cs
Size - 4.75" square for red and green one, A2 for gold and silver one
Accessories - Dee's Distinctively Merry Christmas, Simon Says Stamp Holiday Frame, fun foam


  1. These bright splats make fun Christmas cards, Susan! What fun!

  2. These are SO fun, Susan! Thanks for taking time during your wonderful retreat to post them! So many of us would have loved to join you. And yes, wine can dull creativity but it sure does make for some giggles.

  3. Yes the black is the perfect contrast on these fun and creative cards x

  4. I just loved these cards Susan, the pictures just don't do them justice.


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