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Friday 27 September 2019

Creative Card Making with Ann

Hi Everyone and Welcome
It's Ann from Ann Chuang Crafts here with you today as we head out on the last leg of September's journey with our regular "Creative Card Making" post. I always make cards for family and friends, so I’m pleased to be sharing an insect card that I made for my son. He is very interested in insects and expects to become an entomologist in the future. I want to encourage him to work hard for his dreams.

It all started with some wrinkle-free distressing... all Distress Oxides, no Inks to start with. There're pumice stone and vintage photo in the mix. 

When the watercolor paper dry enough, I stamped Handwritten correspondence on it by Distress Ink hickory smoke. Then cut an oval from the paper and distressed the edges with Distress Ink walnut stain.

And then, with some wrinkle-free distressing again...all Distress Oxides. There're wilted violet, iced spruce, broken china and faded jeans. This time I use black paper to make a background, I love the effect so much.

 I used tangled twigs die from Tim Holtz. The tangled twigs piece adhered to the background. 

I used Tim Holtz Entomology dies and stamps. I have to say...I love this stamp set, there're lots of creepy, cool and beautiful bugs plus an awesome background script stamp. 

To create these bugs… I stamped them in Intense Black onto white paper. Then lined up the corresponding bug die and taped it down with some washi tape. After they were cut, I colored them with some Copic Markers and used Glossy Accents to dress them up a bit.

Look, here are the beautiful bugs.

I really love this card! If you are interested, you can find a full list of materials that I used to create this card over at my blog here.
Thank you for joining me on the Creative Card Making journey today and don't forget there is still a little time to join in our current challenge which is "Box It Up".

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.



  1. A beautiful card for your son Ann x I am sure he will treasure it x Great details in your tutorial and I adore the twigs die xx TFS and Happy Weekend xx
    Annie x

  2. Stunning work, Ann - your bugs are just brilliant, beautifully painted and the touch of Glossy Accents works so well to bring them to life. Love those branches in the background too.
    Alison x

  3. A really fabulous card, Ann and a great post to read too . Terrific composition and creativity . Love how you have used the stamps , dies and oxides . Off to pin this beauty to our pinterest board straight away .
    A x

  4. Wow, what a spectacular card! I love all the layers that you created and the oxides look so amazing with those fabulous insects - stunning 😁. I'm sure your son loved it too! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  5. What a beautiful card Ann! Love your background with the die cut layered over it and your lovely coloring of the insects with the addition of the gloss! Julia xx

  6. Such a beautifully composed card Ann - wonderful techniques xxxx

  7. A stunning card Ann, the layers and colours are wonderful and I really love those bugs and the twigs really set them off beautifully. Anne xx

  8. I love everything about this card and everything you used! I'm sure your son will be very happy to receive it :)

  9. Sorry to be so late Ann, but strangely I've only just found this lovely post. Your card is beautiful ! I Love the way you have displayed your insects on that twiggy background. a great idea. How fabulous that your son wants to be an entomologist! This card will be a real treasure for him. Toni x

  10. I love the background using the black paper & oxides. Bravo on a cool card!!