Another day, another challenge – or two…

I attempted to combine two great challenges with my next card. A fab new challenge blog, Friday Sketchers, have their first sketch, designed by the talented Claudia Rosa, up on the blog.

Friday Sketchers 1

As it is a lovely straightforward sketch, I also decided to use it for the Saturday’s Workout challenge. The theme here is to use handmade linen-look paper on your card. There are a few different techniques for this, but I chose to use glass paper rubbed across cardstock, first horizontally then vertically, to achieve a woven look. My glass paper is quite fine, which gives quite a subtle look, but you can achieve a coarser linen look by using a less fine grade of glass paper.

Then I stippled Distress Ink in Old Linen and Walnut into the grain made by the glass paper, which brings out the texture. The stamps I used are from Autumn Leaves Swirls, and the girl is by Art Journey. The backing paper is from K & Co’s Roam collection of designer papers, and flowers, brads and ribbon are from my stash.

Friday Sketchers \'Smile\'


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heidi
    May 12, 2008 @ 15:00:57

    What a sweet card-love it!

    Hugs from


  2. Sandy
    May 12, 2008 @ 17:23:11

    Wow this is brilliant. Such a wonderful card.
    The background is amazing.

    Thanks for playing Saturday´s Workout.


  3. carole
    May 12, 2008 @ 19:38:02

    Lovely card – great creation!


  4. sue lumber
    May 12, 2008 @ 21:15:28

    wow you cleaver thing so much work and such a beautiful result. Sue :o)


  5. Jacqueline van der Sar
    May 12, 2008 @ 22:11:28

    Beautiful card!! Just love it.


  6. Donalda
    May 12, 2008 @ 22:40:59

    that is breathe taking I just love that


  7. stampingbalou
    May 12, 2008 @ 22:42:19

    Oh, I love your card – what a beautiful image – and a great background !

    Thank you so much for participating Saturday´s Workout with such a stunning creation !


  8. Barbara Hagerty
    May 13, 2008 @ 07:15:20

    Very lovely and beautiful!


  9. Hels
    May 13, 2008 @ 08:54:36

    WOW, this is a truly beautiful card – love the stamped image and the colours are so gorgeous….You are in my Faves now :O)) hels x


  10. Shary
    May 13, 2008 @ 13:38:52

    Gorgeous I love this stamp from Art journey. Fab!


  11. Jacqueline
    May 13, 2008 @ 15:17:54

    What a gorgeous card!


  12. Linda
    May 13, 2008 @ 16:06:52

    This is a gorgeous card…I love the soft colors!


  13. flati
    May 13, 2008 @ 16:20:21

    Lovely card … great creation!
    xxx Sonja


  14. traciejane
    May 13, 2008 @ 22:24:19

    beautiful card, love the image :-)x


  15. annie
    May 14, 2008 @ 11:11:48

    Beautiful! and such a sweet image.


  16. Frances
    May 15, 2008 @ 00:31:06

    this is lovely Maria, love that stamp and the soft colours you have used. x


  17. beatrix
    May 16, 2008 @ 09:49:24

    oh really fantastic and so precious.


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