And now for something completely different

I must confess I am not a big fan of Shabby Chic or Grunge styles so this card is really out of my style – what ever my style is! I am in charge of sorting out the birthday cards at the school where I work, and this year decided to make them myself. Our part-time music teacher, who plays the violin, has a birthday coming up and I had just the right stamp to use but it has an unusual background that I  have never really liked. In the part I have tended to use just the main picture from the middle detached from the background. This time, however, I was determined to do something with the whole stamp and it turned out to be ‘something completely different’.

Materials Used:
A4 white card
kraft card 
light brown card
distress and Adirondak inks in variety of colours
Stamps Happen “Overture” stamp
music score background stamp
greetings stamp
black Enamel Accents


Close up of central image

Using the distress and Adirondak inks and stencil brushes I coloured a sheet of white card before stamping the “Overture” stamp on it and twice more on white card. I cut a piece of kraft card larger than the stamped image and stamped the music background onto it. 

I painted the music and violins using a damp paintbrush and picked up ink from a blending mat. Once dry I cut the music and violin from one image and just the violin from the other and layered them on top of the first image. I then mounted the topper onto the stamped kraft card and then stuck that onto the card blank.

I stamped the greeting onto a scrap of the card I had made for the background and then stuck it on the card blank. I used Black Enamel Accents to make the faux brads in the corners.

The finished card

Although I was way out of my comfort zone with the style of this card I was actually pleased with the result. 

Thanks for visiting. Take care.


About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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