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, 14 June 2019

Duck Egg and Plum

Less is More has a colour challenge going on right now:

I went with some ink blending to use the challenge colours.

I sponged Distress inks, getting the colours to overlap. Then I put my stamp and background in the MISTI and stamped the poppy. Leaving everything in the MISTI, I used a brush and bleach to remove the colour from the poppy, and then restamped to keep the outline distinct.

I framed it with a stitched window die, and added a sentiment and some dark irridescent gemstones.

I've really enjoyed using the bleach technique lately.

Stamps - SU Simply Sketched poppy, Savvy Stamps sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves, and Broken China
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Die-namics peek-a-boo window, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, dark iridescent gemstones, bleach


  1. Beautiful. Love the colors and that bleaching technique. I need to buy some bleach. xx

  2. This is amazing Susan!! I love the way you've used the challenge colours. And I LOVE that beautiful flower bleached white. Gorgeous design! xx

  3. A tremendous make using the LIM challenge colours


  4. I love your bleaching technique and the beautiful colours for the background :)

  5. I do like your card...the simplicity and the colors.

  6. The bleach technique looks so striking and so does that colour combination x

  7. You do such an incredible job with this technique, Susan! Love the results of your bleaching- so perfectly white. Thanks for the reminder to try this again. Love how that looks1

  8. What a beautiful color combination you used for the background, Susan! I love the dreamy way of the color blending, and the bleached flower looks so pretty! Re-stamping and the double-framing are so effective.
    Hideko xx

  9. Beautiful card Susan! At first glance I thought you must have masked it! Thanks for joining us at Less is More.

  10. This looks stunning. I love the blend of colors an the outline flower really pops from the inked background you created. Stylish, elegant card. Love the font of the sentiment as well, what a pity we can't buy SU here in Finland! Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!

  11. Your card is stunning, Susan! Sorry I missed this earlier, but I'm delighted to have seen it today Showcased over at LIM! Congratulations!! Hugs, Darnell


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