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".

Friday, 23 March 2018

Back to Blue

So yesterday I said I'd be back to blue today.  And here I am.  Another card for the CAS Mix Up challenge that I'm hosting.

It's the same technique I used on my previous card here, but with the addition of a background.  I have acetate, stamping, die cutting, and smooshing with Oxide inks.

The butterfly was stamped and heat embossed on the front of the acetate.  Then working from the back, I used a clear-drying glue and glitter to colour the butterfly.  I used blue and purple, one at a time, aiming it where I wanted it with a straw with a point cut at the end to act as a little scoop.

When you first turn it over, it just looks like white blobs of glue from the front - it needs a few hours for the glue to completely dry and turn clear, and then you can see your lovely colours of glitter.

I created a background using blue and mauve Oxide inks and the smooshing technique on mixed media cs, and glued it to the card base.  Then die cut the front panel with a stitched square die, and used an old Spellbinders label die to create the opening and the frame around the opening.  I stuck the acetate to the back of the opening and then popped that whole panel up over the background with foam tape so that the butterfly is raised off of the background.

Since CAS Mix Up closes tomorrow and since shaker cards are one of the best ways to use acetate, I thought I'd add another card that I made for a shaker card challenge at SCS.  I posted it months ago on SCS but never got around to posting it on my blog.  It fills the requirements of CAS Mix Up with its stamping, acetate, and acrylic paints.  So here it is:

This one uses an Impression Obsession circle shaker window and the matching cs overlay so was really easy to put together.  The fairy was stamped on a background created with blue and silver acrylic paints.  Here's a close-up of her lovely glittery shaker stuff:

You've got one more day to enter CAS Mix Up and show us how you like to use acrylic on a card!

Supplies for the first card:
Stamps - Carabelle butterfly
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; various blue and purple Oxide inks
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - acetate, clear embossing powder, glitter, Nesties label dies, Lil Inker stitched square die, foam tape

Supplies for the second card:
Stamps - Lavinia fairy, SU sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs, Impression Obsession shaker cs overlay
Size - A2
Accessories - Impression Obsession "shake it window", clear embossing powder, sequins and starry sprinkles, fun foam, blue and silver acrylic paints


  1. Two beautiful cards Susan ... and two fantastic examples of ways to use acetate. Love your shaker card with all the pretty mica flakes. But it's your glitter cards that I'm in love with. I need to buy some variety of shades of glitter so I can give this a try. xx

  2. Two gorgeous BLUE cards, Susan! Your work with glitter is amazing. Love the sparkles!

  3. I'm with you on the blue, these are two beautiful cards, i love the blue backgrounds and shakers.

  4. Susan, I love the sparkle on both cards as well as love the shaker card! I too have very little glitter available since I'm so sloppy at it. How I'd love to craft with you and learn to produce these wonderful cards with all that glitter. Love the shaker card, my nemesis! Those are a struggle for me, then get crushed in the mail.

  5. Wow..Two really Gorgeous Acetate cards, Susan. I love your glittery butterfly and beautiful background. TFS all your steps..I think you saved your best 2 samples for last!!! I LOVE your shaker card with all the gold glitter and sweet fairy perched on the moon throwing out fairy dust:-) Your acetate challenge has been so inspiring and fun, my friend. Thank You...Hugs..

  6. Two beautiful card designs Susan! Love the glitter coloring on your butterfly - and your magical shaker card with the fairy and star glitter! This was a great challenge for the CAS Mix up this month! Julia xx

  7. I LOVE the glittery butterfly and it shows beautifully on the smooshed background! And the shaker card is gorgeous with it's tiny shakers and pretty fairy!

  8. Stunning, unique and absolutely fabulous....both of them x

  9. I thought the red poppies were gorgeous, but this blue butterfly... I can't find a good word... anyway, I LOVE the colors and and the design! The glitter texture is so perfect for the butterfly wings, and the soft distress oxide smooshed background brings out the beauty of the glittery butterfly.
    The fairy shaker card is so lovely and dreamy. The blue and silver acrylic paints go so well with the pretty shaker stuff. It must look more beautiful in real life. Hideko xx


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