Immortal Beauty by Donna Gray


Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with something a little different from me ;)

What I Did:

As always I started with a sheet of my beloved Strathmore Mixed Media paper as I knew I was going to use a lot of water for this.

Using just a standard acrylic stamping block I swiped over a blue Distress Oxide, spritzed with water and turned it over to 'stamp' on the paper, repeating this 4 times. This gives a nice soft feel to the background.

Using a stamp from a That's Crafty! textures set I stamped that on the middle of the background using a brown Distress Oxide and then I spritzed that image liberally with water too and allowed the colours to mingle a little bit to get that 'hazy' effect as I didn't want the background to dominate the composition.

A stitched effect stamp from the Claire stamp set was added in a green Archival ink, then I added a little circle cut from a Gelli print over which I adhered a little torn piece of text from a vintage French book.

The really textured part is a wide lolly stick which was liberally coated with That's Crafty! sand paste and painted with a mixture of paints including multi surface and Decoart paints.

All that was adhered onto the background which I put to one side while I stamped the dragonfly from the Cara set onto a scrap of Strathmore paper and coloured in with diluted Mermaid markers, fussy cut out and adhere on top of the textured lolly stick.

The finishing touch was to add a couple of sentiments and a number from Tim Holtz Clippings and then to mount the whole piece onto Kraft card.

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out and and it was also a good way to use up little bits and pieces that are floating around on your craft table!

Supplies Used:

That's Crafty! Textures Stamp Set - Set 4
That's Crafty! Stamp Sets - Donna's Girls Collection - Cara and Claire
That's Crafty! - Sand Texture Paste
That's Crafty! - Multi Surface Paints
Decoart - Fluid Acrylic Paints
Strathmore Mixed Media Pad
Distress Oxides
Jane Davenport - Mermaid Markers
Ranger Archival - Ink Pads
Tim Holtz - Clippings Stickers

Hope you like it
Donna xx

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  1. A really stunning card Donna. Just love all the textures on there and the simplicity of design is so beautiful, setting off the gorgeous dragonfly so well.
    Fliss xxx

  2. What a stunning creation - so utterly beautiful Donna! ♥♥♥ Susi

  3. So very stunning- so beautiful, dear Donna- love the striking dragonfly, on top of the rusted lolly pop stick - it is amazing and with your stamped texture and the french scrap between.
    Looks so gorgeous, lovely friend. Hugs from Dorthe xxxx

  4. Love that shade of blue with the Kraft card,and that lovely central panel all topped off with your. Butterfly. Beautiful
    Amanda x

  5. I really love this Donna, love the balance of the blue and browns and your textured lolly stick is awesome. Great wording with your focal image. Beautiful.
    Wishing you a fabulous weekend Hugs Tracey x

  6. Oh my! What a wonderful card - a really great colour combination!Chrisx

  7. This is beautiful Donna! xx

  8. Gorgeous card Donna - elegant and grungy - love the colours xx


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