Friday, 15 November 2013

Floribunda - A Card by Fliss Goodwin


I decided to have a little break from the Christmas preparations this week for a much needed breath of fresh air. I wanted to have a play with a gorgeous Anna Griffin embossing folder set that has been sitting in my stash for a while and the end result wasn’t quite what I was expecting although to my delight it rather resembles shabby, worn vintage wallpaper so read on to find out how it came about.

Here’s What I Used: 
Distress Inks – Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Barn Door, Walnut Stain,Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint
Distress Stains – Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Crushed Olive, Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door
Large Square Card Blank
Oval Cutting Die
Score Board and Bone Folder or Embossing Ball Tool

Here’s How To:
·       Cut a piece of watercolour paper slightly larger than the embossing folder (this is quite large at 7x5 inches).  Place the embossing folder under the acrylic block and apply Tattered Rose ink to the block, roughly where the flowers are. Add Wild Honey around the flowers and Crushed Olive round the outer edges. Spray with a little water and apply to the watercolour paper. Whilst the ink is wet, use a sponge to spread the colour over the paper. Dry with a heat gun.
·       Emboss the inked paper with the floral bouquet design then add some more colour with the Distress Inks. I used Tattered Rose on the flowers followed by Victorian Velvet, then dabbed on a little Picked Raspberry Distress Stain. I used Wild Honey and Tattered Rose in between the leaves, adding Crushed Olive to these. I then pounced the ink pads on top to add stronger colour and found that the lines that resulted gave a very shabby, vintage effect.
·       Stamp the Garden Gal image on the smooth stamping card with the Walnut Stain ink. Whilst the ink is still wet, use a damp paintbrush to draw out some of the colour and soften the lines. This gives a lovely soft shadow effect that is beautiful left as it is (note to self – try this on a later project) but as my background is quite bold, I painted the image with the Distress Stains to tie in with the inked panel. Although the image is technically Spring, I think she looks lovely in the Autumn shades. Die cut the image to an oval.
·       Cut a panel of kraft card to fit the card blank, then cut a further strip and emboss with the border folder. Trim to the same length as the floral panel and emboss lines on either side. Attach the panels to the card as shown and add the image panel on the right hand side as you don’t want to obscure the lovely embossed rose. I haven’t yet added a sentiment and will do so when I decide who to give the card to.

Have a lovely weekend.

Fliss x


  1. Stunning! LOve this creation, he effect with the embossing folders looks fantastic!!

  2. A fabulous card from Fliss - the embossed flower panel looks so wonderful!
    Alison x


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