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, 26 August 2018

Joyful Berries

The new challenge at Addicted to CAS is "Berries".

I need to get busy with Christmas cards so went with Penny Black's Berry Kissed stamp - great for both Christmas and other themes (see this card by Jaydee, one of the ATCAS Design Team members, for an example of using it for non-Christmas, and with a very different technique).

You need a MISTI for the technique I used and you must remember to leave the stamp in the MISTI till the very end!

I used my Memento Dewdrops in various browns, reds, and greens to ink up the image. I kept building up the layers of colours till I was happy.

When it was all dry, I inked up the whole stamp with Versamark, stamped over the image, and heat embossed with clear powder.

I then used Distress Antique Linen and Peeled Paint (tapped on a palette, blended together, and slightly watered to get a colour I liked) to paint a wash background all around it. The embossing powder acts as a resist for the background so you don't have to worry about the colours of the image running.

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine Vintage Sepia.

At the end, I splattered with watered down Distress Vintage Photo and Tea Dye. Then bordered the panel with brown cs and mounted on a white card base.

Stamps - Penny Black Berry Kissed, Rubber Soul Joy
Ink - various Memento Dew Drops, Distress Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo, Versamark, Versafine Vintage Sepia
Paper - white, brown, mixed media
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - clear embossing powder


  1. I love your CAS design for your Christmas berries, Susan. Your watercoloring technique is just amazing. TFS my friend. Hugs...

  2. I have yet to give this watercolouring technique a try. You and Bonnie have mastered it. Your holiday berries look beautiful with fab dimension and shading. xx

  3. Gorgeous Susan! I LOVE this image and you have made it come alive. Great idea to heat emboss the finished image and then add wash to background. Works great. Love the splatters too! xx

  4. This is beautiful, Susan! The clear embossing really brings out the colors and your wash makes the berries and leaves stand out even more!

  5. Wow this card is stunning. The repeated stamping and water colour effect looks great. Love the wash over the heat embossed berries and leaves.....fabulous card X

  6. What a beautiful job you did with this technique, maintaining shading on your leaves. I just bought this stamp and hope to do this well with it. I love this technique! This is just gorgeous, Susan!

  7. This is gorgeous, Susan. You have that technique down pat. I have that stamp and have done the technique with markers but not with inks. I love the results you got. Thanks for sharing your card with us at Addicted to CAS.

  8. Simply gorgeous layers of colors, Susan! Look at all the different greens of the leaves! Amazing! The wash and the spatters in the background are the just perfect touch! Hideko xx

  9. Terrific technique...I'm going to give it a try! Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS.

  10. Susan this is gorgeous and I love the hint of brown/gold on the base - it really makes the image pop. Fabulous card and a great use of this wonderful image
    So glad you joined us at ATCAS

  11. Absolutely gorgeous card, Susan! I love how you created so much depth with your stamping, and how you added a wash to your background with emboss resist! Thanks so much for joining us at Addicted to CAS!

  12. Congratulations on the win Susan with this stunning card x.


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