Monday 26 May 2014

Eye-catching beady background

I'm obsessed with Stampin' Up's free Eyecatching Ikat photopolymer stamp set and have SO many ideas but not enough time to try them all out... do you know the feeling?! I enjoyed making sunflowers with it last week on this card but it doesn't always have to take centre stage - today it features as a background. Come and see:

The flower sprig is from the exclusive hostess set Morning Meadow (available only until the end of June!) To make the image dual coloured, I coloured the rubber with markers and huffed before stamping. The instant it was stamped, I quickly dipped it in clear embossing powder and heat embossed it - you do have to be quick for this! TIP: If you're not quite quick enough or want to add extra shine, 'colour' your image with a fine glue pen and heat emboss again.

Why did I heat emboss? It was so that the flower would resist the ink when I stamped the background over the top of it, making it appear to be in the foreground. Can you see how lovely and glossy everything is?! I  added a paper clip as an embellishment (you can find these clips here in the Clearance Rack of my online store; they have green bows on them but I replaced the bow on this one with bakers twine for a fresh look.)

The sentiment is from Regarding Dahlias and I heat embossed that too before decorating it with a sweet butterfly from a retired Sale-a-bration set.

• Eyecatching Ikat is one of three gorgeous photopolymer stamp sets you can choose as a free gift with every £60 you spend. Offer ends on Friday - click here for details.

I used the pretty colour palette at The Colour Throwdown to make this card, so I'll be linking this card up there as well as with the Butterfly Challenge which has  a bingo card this week! I've chosen the 'Wet embossing, Butterflies, Flowers' line.

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It's a bank holiday Monday in the UK today. Now I've scheduled this post so I have no idea what I'll be doing but fingers crossed it won't be this:

See you tomorrow,


  1. Very pretty - love your IKAT background. I couldn't see the potential in that set - but you're making me have second thoughts! xxx

  2. Lovely car Vicky and l like the colours...


  3. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous card.... Love the background ... May steal your idea.....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  4. Beautiful and I love the color combo :)

  5. Love the geometric patterns you are achieving with this stamp set Vick and the sprig is so pretty:)
    Val x

  6. Been raining here...Love Morecambe and Wise, and your pretty card. And thank you for your sweet comment, Vicky - I didn't mean to make you sob, you big softie! xxx

  7. Very pretty Vicky. Love the heat embossed flower... so delicate... and looks great against the blue dots. Thank you for playing along with us at The Color Throwdown.

  8. The colours look so well together and it really does look as if the background was stamped first. That's a good tip with the glue pen. Thank you for fluttering by my bingo challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

  9. Love these pretty colours together!


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