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Friday 28 February 2020

Creative Card Making with Amanda

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Amanda (ink-a-pink) here with you today sharing a card I have created for our Monthly Creative Cardmaking post

We began these posts back in March 2018 when we restructured our monthly timetable. The general idea is that each of the Creative Guides will take their turn throughout the year to share some ideas for creating a card in keeping with our preferred genres- vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial , timeworn or steampunk.

In contrast to the card I created and shared last year (Jan 2019) which was 'industrial, monochrome I have a much more colourful card to share with you today. I feel it has a mixed media, art journaling vibe going on so is inkeeping with a couple of our preferred genres. 

Whether creating my own cards or buying them from a high street store I can never resist a butterfly and meaningful words.

Now, I have to hold my hands up and say that I neglected to take any process shots but I will spotlight some of the main features of the finished card. 

I was very fortunate recently to add some of Seth Apters line of Izink 'Ice' from Aladine to my stash of art mediums. A belated Christmas treat! Good ol' Santa. 
Being keen to try them out was pretty much where the creativity all started as the card background is one of my first 'Ice' 'test' pieces.
In brief: Ice is a translucent gel that creates a wonderful coloured 'Ice effect' It also gives your art a glossy finish.
( more info about the product can be found here and here)

Let me show you with a few close ups

The 'Coloured 'Ice' effect.... 

.... so cool!

That glowing sheen..... Pretty special, don't you think?

I didn't want to cover or hide such fabulous colours and effects so I created the rest of my card design with this in mind.

I added some stamping down the vertical of the background. I used a couple of Seth's Impression Obsession stamps for this.

Another of Seth stamps provided a touch of stamped detail across the horizontal too.
This helped create a foundation line for the placement of the focal feature: a few circular die cuts, a watercolored butterfly and a meaningful quote.

The thorax of the butterfly was embellished with a black beaded Ideology game spinner.

A few black gem beads saw there way to two of the opposing top and bottom corners of the card aswell. 

I  really enjoyed creating this card and am very happy with the result.

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some 'Creative Card Making' inspiration. 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and for any comments you may wish to leave. Both are appreciated. 
Our current challenge 'Against the Grain' remains 'live' for one more week so you still have time to join us and submit an entry. Out new Challenge starts next Friday ( 6th March) so be sure to pop back then to find out all about it. 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend 
Creative Warm Wishes 


  1. Stunning piece. Love all the different layers and texutres.

  2. How exciting to be playing with the Ice - some fabulous effects here. That translucent sheen is very cool. Lovely to see a burst of colour on a grey wet day - and with all your trademark layers giving texture and depth - just brilliant!
    Alison x

  3. So beautiful! I love the layers of colour and the ice effect that you created - amazing 😁. The butterfly and words look right at home on this background too - perfect! Thanks for the inspiration and sending happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  4. A gorgeous card Amanda, beautiful colours and wonderful textures. I didn't think I 'needed' the Ice products but I may have to re-think... Anne xxx

  5. Love this Amanda - a fabulous card for inspiration xxx

  6. I just love your background colors Amanda, I have to look into those ice inks! Your card design is so pretty with the vertical stamping and beautiful butterfly! Xx