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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

A Colour Challenge

    This months' St. Lukes' Charity Card Challenge is to make a card in back and white and one other colour.
This card started out as a one layer card showing something with legs for another challenge, hence the roundabout horse, but my first stamping of this lovely Chocolate Baroque image didn't make a very good impression, due to me using a slightly textured card not to any fault with the stamp. So rather than waste the rather nice white card I decided to add another layer and use it for this challenge instead.I stamped the horse again with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto some spare smooth white card  and onto a piece of copy paper. I carefully cut out both images, and using the paper one I used it to mask the horse on the card while I stamped the fairground image, from the same plate of stamps, so that it would appear to be behind the horse, after stamping off some of the ink on spare paper to give a lighter image adding to the sense of distance.I then used Tumbled Glass Distress ink to add colour to the horse. I dabbed the ink pad onto my craft mat and used a damp water brush to add the colour to the saddle and all the trimmings and then I spritzed the remaining ink on the mat with water to make a much lighter shade and coloured the mane and tail and added a little shading. I fixed the coloured image over the one on the card with silicon glue to give a bit of dimension, and then added the greeting at the top right hand side with the Tumbled Glass ink.To finish off I used the same ink pad to colour some white ribbon to match and tied it to the left hand side of the card.


  1. Ah, you have used one of the ponies now. They do make very nice cards. I like the subtle colouring. Lovely! Kate x

  2. Beautiful card Jean, the horse is the star of show. Yvonne x

  3. What a rescue Jean - it came out brilliant! I'm with you on the wish to not waste good cardstock - many of my OLcards have been recycled this way! Thanks so much for another great entry to our challenge and for your continued support. Hope you're having fun with your ribbon bundle :-D
    Best wishes
    Tara x

  4. Hi Jean

    What a gorgeous card.

    I love your colour choices and your beautiful images .. .. especially the horse.

    Love Jules xx

  5. What a lovely card from as the result of a 'happy accident' the horse image.
    Thank you for your continues support over at St Lukes hope to see you again next month.


  6. How beautiful! I love the carousel horse and the pretty blue saddle! I love "happy accidents" and this is no exception. Thanks for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge. Hope to see you next month too!

  7. I was looking at these stamps on CB site only the other day and very nearly bought a set. After seeing your card I just might have to go back and order one (or two). Absolutely fabulous and I love your splash of blue. Thank you so much for joining us at St Lukes Charity Challenge.
    Lynne xxx

  8. love this one Jean - and no-one would ever have known you had to hide the first horse!