Bugs - just because by Anne Redfern



Sometimes we just need a quick and easy card, so my Guest designer project for this week is a simple grungy bug card, made with a teenager in mind.

I made the card late at night so I don't have step by step photos but here is how I made it:

1)  Take a piece of kraft card to make a base card.

2)  Take a piece of white card and colour with Distress Oxide ink, placing some ink on your craft mat, adding a little water and smooshing the card through the ink.  Once dry, ink around the edge of the card in the same colour Distress Oxide ink.

3)  Cut a piece of book page (in this case a dictionary page that happened to have the definition of 'bug').  I backed the page with card because I was going to wet it.

4)  Using Distress Oxide, use the same process as in 2) above.  Dry thoroughly.

5)  Line up the layers, glue in the middle (but not the edges as the glue may stick to your sewing machine needle) and stitch around the edge.  Don't be too careful with your stitching, it is meant to look a bit wonky.

6)  Stamp the bugs onto white card, colour them with Distress Ink or medium of you choice and fussy cut the bugs (or if you are lucky enough to have the die, use that to cut out the images).

7)  Add some gloss, if desired to the bodies of the bugs  (fly and ladybird in my case - I left the moth as it was, as their bodies tend to be a bit 'furry').

8)  Add your chosen sentiment.

And that is it finished. I took inspiration from pictures I saw on Pinterest, where beautiful bugs had been watercoloured onto dictionary pages.

Products Used:

Kraft and white cardstock from my stash
Heat Tool
Paper Trimmer
Sewing Machine

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again next week.

Crafty wishes,  Anne  x

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  1. Wonderful bug creation, Anne- they are beautiful !! xx

  2. Fabulous card Anne and those bugs look as if they're about to fly off that gorgeous background. Love it!
    Fliss xx

  3. Love the dictionary page behind the imagery, so effective. Love it Anne. Tracy ❤️❤️

  4. Fabulous card Anne, and like Tracy love the dictionary page background
    Amanda x

  5. Fabulous card .... I love the dictionary page behind the bugs xx

  6. So, so clever to use the dictionary page with the word "bug," Annie! I love the gorgeous creation you have given your bugs to land on! And they, by the way, look positively real! Love the stitched border and beautiful aqua base, too!! Hugs, Darnell

  7. I love the bugs - and they look fabulous here against the dictionary definition of themselves!
    Alison x

  8. This is fabulous Anne and what a great idea to use the dictionary page! x

  9. Brilliant design, layers and embellishments Anne. Everything works fantastically well together. The ladybird really looks so well curved! Another winner Anne. Nicola x

  10. I love it, Anne!! The bugs are fabulous and look great against the dictionary backgrounds. Clean and simple, and simply gorgeous!! hugs x

  11. Such a lovely card , Anne showcasing those wonderful bugs and great use of the dictionary paper - aged to perfection .


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