Friday, July 9, 2021

Expressions In Ink DSP with Garden Birdhouses for PP548

 Hello and thanks for visiting!

Today's card is inspired by Anne Marie's Theme Challenge at the Paper Players.  I chose stripes, check out their blog by clicking on either my card or their image.  Will you choose stars or stripes?  :)

The flowers on this card are distressed, I bended the edges, but couldn't bring myself to distress the embossed background, ha, maybe I'll get there as I practice the distressed look on cards.  I love the look, but I haven't figured out how to do it to enhance the card instead of creating a mess - ha.  Oh well, I'll keep trying, and pushing out of my comfort zone.  If you like my card, I'd love for you to leave a comment below, do you have difficulty distressing your cards?  Could you give me a few pointers of how to do it successfully?  Thx so much :)

And here's the card details:

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Thick Basic White card base (4 1/4 x 11 folded in half portrait orientation)

4 x 5 1/4 Basic White cardstock (CS) layer

Scrap piece of Basic White for sentiment

1 3/4 x 4 Expressions In Ink Designer Series Paper (DSP)

Garden Birdhouses stamp set

Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder

Polished Pink Ink Pad

Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon

Metallic Pearls

Paper Snips Scissors

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Assembly & Trix:

*  Emboss the Basic White CS layer with the Tasteful Textile folder and adhere to the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (glue)

*  Cut flowers from the Expressions In Ink DSP with the Artistic Dies and scissors.  ***Trix, initially I started to cut the individual flowers from the DSP using  the dies, then I realized I didn't need to do that, each flower has it's own shape but it blends into the flower beside it, so I decided to free hand it with scissors for the rest of the flowers.

*  Stamp the 'hello' sentiment using Polished Pink ink.

*  Decide on the placement of flowers, sentiment and ribbon on and under the band of striped DSP.

*  Distress the edges of the flowers by bending the paper and rolling it between your fingers.

*  Adhere the first flower under the DSP using glue, then adhere the DSP with Stampin' Dimensionals.

*  Adhere the sentiment with glue and then the ribbon.  ***Trix. I learned the ribbon trick from Tammy Wilson, an Artisan Design Team member, cut the open weave ribbon apart to create two tiny strips of ribbon and tie them together in a bow.  I love this dimension!  Thank you Tammy!  

*  Adhere the bow with Mini Glue Dots, then add the last flower with glue.

*  Embellish as desired with the Metallic Pearls.

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Enjoy an have a super day!



  1. This is so pretty Lesly! Those distressed flowers look great with the gold stripes and the pretty pink bow. I am totally with you - I have serious issues with distressing anything, if I try this style it always feels like a crumpled mess! Funnily enough, I made a card earlier this week using this set and distressed my flowers too, which didn't look too bad against my otherwise 'clean' card. Maybe this is the set for us to experiment with?! Thanks for sharing with us over at The Paper Players this week!

    1. I’m with you Joanne, maybe we need to ease into it - ha! Thank you so much for visiting and providing your insight! Thank you for the compliment and for creating such terrific challenges🙂

  2. Those gold stripes against the white really make your flowers pop! I agree that distressing is a fine line; too much and it looks like your dog got ahold of the card lol! I find a light sponging of ink around the edges of layers is a good starting point too! Thanks for sharing at The Paper Players!

    1. Thx so much for the advice Amanda! Love experimenting! Thank you for your lovely compliment and inspiring us with challenges🙂

  3. A beautiful card, Lesley! I love the lightly distressed flowers with the gold stripes. There is a fine line to distressing, and it just depends on the set and the vibe of the card, I think. Back in the day, one of my dogs did get ahold of one of the Christmas cards I was making. It was a more rustic style, and I rather liked the look. lol Thank you for sharing this gorgeous creation with The Paper Players this week!

    1. Aaahh thx so much Ann for sharing! Yes my Trixie did favour a colour blocking card I made once too - ha - love our furry friends - they do no wrong 🙂 I agree totally with your thought about the vibe of the card, I liked the slightly imperfect gold stripes, a jumping off point!
      Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Lesley, tis is so elegant and pretty! I love the gold stripes and that big pink bow is fabulous, in every way. Thanks so much for joining us this week over at The Paper Players!

    1. *this...oops, I was typing too fast. :)

    2. Thx so very much for your kind words Anne Marie! Thank you for inspiring us with challenges!


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