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".

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Two Favourite Techniques

A card for two challenges:

AAA Cards - "A Favorite Technique"

4 Crafty Chicks - "Flowers"

Here's my card:

Rather than just one favourite technique, I included two - smooshing with Oxide inks and heat embossing.

I stamped and heat embossed my flower image in white, then smooshed with Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch, and Broken China, drying between each layer.

I then trimmed the panel, added a few sequins, stamped and heat embossed my sentiment on a vellum strip, and mounted the panel on fun foam on a linen cs base.

Stamps - Hero Arts Elegant Weeds, Memory Box sentiment
Ink - Distress Oxide Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch, and Broken China; Versamark
Paper - mixed media cs, vellum, linen cs
Size - A2
Accessories - white embossing powder, Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Blue embossing powder, fun foam, sequins


  1. nice combo of two fab technigues. Thank you for playing at AAA cards

  2. I love the layering of blues in the background and the pretty embossed wild flowers! The sentiment on the vellum lets that background show beautifully!

  3. What a beautiful background from your blue oxides, Susan! Your patience drying between layers paid off. Love the wild flower silhouette you chose for your focal. Your sequins are the perfect final touch. This one is not only gorgeous it looks so fun to make too.

  4. Fabulous background with those oxides and loving he colours. The white heat embossing looks wonderful against it x

  5. Two fabulous techniques and a super card. Thanks for playing along with the favourite technique challenge at AAA Cards.

  6. What a beautiful watery blue background you created Susan - your white embossed florals look lovely against it!

  7. Beautiful card Susan, and two great techniques. Love the smooshed background in shades of blue. Lots of visual texture. Beautiful white flowers. The vellum banner is a great way to show off that gorgeous background. xx

  8. Beautiful smooshed layers of blue and the heat-embossed white flowers, Susan! Using the three shades of blue worked great for the smooshed background - it's simple enough as a background and yet it has depth. Hideko xx

  9. beautiful looking card..
    x Karen

  10. Doing some catch up today. 😉 Such a lovely card, Susan. Wonderful techniques.resulting in a beautiful background. xx


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