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Monday 9 March 2015


Good morning all.

A quiet day yesterday, I had a football match to watch in the afternoon...really need it to be the end of season as the matches keep interrupting my crafting time lol!  A quick visit to the dentist this morning, a few household chores then the day is my own.

The intrepid traveller decided to head into Yorkshire...after visiting Kielder Reservoir he set off over the Pennines into the Yorkshire Dales where he has been visiting caves, waterfalls, gorges and reservoirs. He was camped up last night with a view of the Leighton Reservoir. He's staying clear of all the motorways and main roads and just "googling" as he goes! I believe he's heading for the North York Moors today.

I read a tip at the weekend regarding dies which were hard to cut...put a layer of bubble wrap in your sandwich...now I want my die back to give it a try!!

Some more embossing with aluminium tape to share today.

Using one of the Celtic Dream Dies from Imagination Crafts and Lavinia Stamps called Tatiana. I've cut the die several times and layered it up to give plenty of dimension and stuck it to a backing card embossed with a hessian EF from Crafter's Companion. Plumbers tape was then stuck all over the die and backing sheet making sure to press it well into all the grooves.

Once everything was covered I started inking up with fresco paints from Paper Artsy - I used 
Autumn Fire, Blood Orange and Pumpkin Soup . Paints were sponged on and then polished when dry to let some of the tape shine through. I kept adding layers of paint until I was happy with the results. 

I then added some diamond sparkle medium over the die relief to add lots of sparkle. After painting and distressing an MDF collage frame with black and silver the finished piece was mounted and a few gems were added the frame.

Challenges entered:
Mixed Media World - anything goes
Art Journal Journey - things with wings
Country View Challenges - anything goes
Lavinia Stamps - add some gems 
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes


  1. that's spectacular Carol....I would never of thought of using a die cut as a relief....now you have me thinking.....xxxxx

  2. Oooo Carol I've not tried this technique, it looks very interesting and I love the final look.
    As for your son heading to Yorkshire, it is gods country after all! Can you tell where I come from originally?!
    He will have a super time, some beautiful countryside in that area and lots of good places to eat.
    I will try the bubble wrap tip and let you know if it works, if nothing else it will making a great noise going through the machine. ;)

    Hugs Erika. x

  3. Fab textures Carol!
    Thank you for joining us at

  4. Me too. This looks really effective . Now where can I get my mitts on plumbers tape! Good tip,about the bubble wrap . Will give that a try. Hugs Mrs A.

  5. This is fabulous Carol, a beautiful die - it looks beautiful in it's frame.

  6. Just lovely, a new sort of art journaling. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey

  7. Wonderful idea and so pretty Carol. Susan x

  8. Oh wow Carol, this looks fabulous! Thanks for the tip too.
    Linda xxx

  9. Very clever technique and very different as a journal page

    Thank you for joining us
    Love Chrissie AJJ guest hostess xx

  10. Great card, love what you have done on this one.

    Patricia x

  11. This is great Carol looks absolutely fabulous! huggles Sue xx

  12. Hope all went well with the Dentist Carol........Your project looks brilliant x

  13. Oh this is a beauty Carol love the technique you have used a superb make.
    lorraine x

  14. Carol this is fab . Love it x

  15. this looks fab Carol - will need to try this! Thanks for the inspiration! Big hugs rachel x

  16. Clever way to use the plumbers tape Carol, and adding the Sparkle Medium over the top of that is amazing, i bet it looks so sparkly. Loving your card, thank you for joining in with our challenge.

    Mo :-)
    DT MMW

  17. This is an interesting technique Carol,your make is lovely! Thanks for joining in at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

  18. This technique is one I've never heard about, and you achieved some bloomin' great results with it. Very amazing look. I've read through your how-to-s, twice, now. I'm thinking you had the layers of the die cut, then taped to the mesh tape, and then applied the paint. I'm gonna read through again, when I'm not concentrating on catchup, cause this is something I want to try. What a fabulous look, and bet you had tons of fun! TFS & inspiring too. Hugs

  19. Lots of sparkle and shine! I am a fan of plumbers tape too. Those layers of paint add dimension. Thanks for joining us at The Mirror Crack'd March Challenge. Jan x

  20. Wonderful and what a great step by step tutorial Carol..... Good Luck and thanks for entering into the Lavinia Challenge ...... Marianne DT xxx

  21. just lovely,love the silver angel and the backround its super.

    xxx Jeannette

  22. This is just fabulous Carol, love your technique, it's a gorgeous die and pretty background too.
    Your son is travelling through some gorgeous countryside, lucky him, but don't fancy the camping, hugs Kate x

  23. This is really lovely Carol, some fabulous ideas here. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

  24. Thanks for entering our Not Just Cards Challenge and good luck!
    Monica - DT

  25. This is beautiful Carol, you have a real flair for putting different things together. Michelle x

  26. really interesting card. Many thanks for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  27. Wow Carol this is gorgeous and I love the technique - talented lady. Thank ou for sharing with us over at TMC this month. xx

  28. and now with my other DT hat on and guess what I love it even more this time around hun xx TFS over at RCS this month xx

  29. Love this technique! The fairies are so lovely with the colors you used! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~

  30. Beautiful card, Carol!! love that plumbers tape on black diecut.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Mirror Cracked challenge this month!!

  31. Beautiful art and I loved seeing your process!

  32. I saw something similar to this a while back and rushed off and sourced some plumbers tape, and there it sits on my shelf making me feel guilty! You have put your's to excellent use, what a gorgeous piece. I really must have a go myself!

    Thanks for sharing with us, and inspiring me to get off my backside and use that tape....

    The Mirror Crack'd


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