Mix and match

I’m not sure what to call this style of card but I have been trying to successfully create one for a while.  I like the mix of image with text and a little texture.  I have seen several superb examples where different textures and images are mixed very cohesively, sometimes with several layers, other times with one.

I started by working on one layer but decided a mat and an extension of the stamping would work best.  I stamped the branch first after inking it with regal rose,  using marker to add choc chip twigs and branch colour.  I find this stamp quite frustrating although I love the design, as I always want it in two colours but it is  very hard to ink it successfully with markers.  What I ended up doing here was drawing with choc chip marker over a lot of the twigs after I had stamped them.

I don’t own a large text stamp so I stamped a sentiment stamp repeatedly to give the impression of a page of text.  I also inked my large canvas background stamp but stamped it off first so I would only get a faint impression.  Finally I sponged the parts of the panel and flicked some water droplets around. The panel is popped up ever so slightly.

Thanks for dropping in; I’ve enjoyed reading the comments you have kindly left here lately.


Stamps: Berry Branch (Penny Black), Canvas (SU), Ageless Adornment (SU)
Inks: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Choc Chip,  Pretty in Pink
Cardstock: SU Whisper White, Mellow Moss

23 Comments on “Mix and match”

  1. Terri (blindstamper) says:

    Gorgeous! You should be very happy with your results! I do love your style.

  2. sue says:

    Gosh, Heather, this is a real beauty. I love your choice of colors, for both ink and cardstock. This has an Asian feel to it, and I love it. The regal rose is perfect (did you sponge a little of that ink around the branch?), and your struggling with the markers and ink on this branch was certainly successful. The faint sentiment perfectly fills in the space without overpowering the branch itself, and I love that you extended the stamping to your base card. Your filmy layering of background stamps is perfect. This is really gorgeous, Heather.

  3. Marja says:

    Heather this is amazing. So gorgeous. Wonderful style, love it. And beautiful colours. Beautiful backgroundf too.
    Gr. Marja

  4. Vicky says:

    There’s so much depth to your sponged and stamped pieces Heather. I absolutely love this one and feel it was worth whatever you had to do with the markers! Such a treat to visit here.

  5. Ellie Knol says:

    Love this! I also like combining texts with textures!

  6. Debbie says:

    This is so beautiful. It is nice enough to frame. It sounds like the stamp was a little frustrating to work with, but your results are so well worth it. Thanks so much for sharing your art!

  7. This looks fabulous! I so love the multi layered bg — excellent job!

  8. Joan V says:

    Oh, this is so, so beautiful.

  9. Miranda says:

    Hi Heather, what a stunning card! Love that effect of layering and especially those water drops! warm greetz, Miranda

  10. Moz says:

    Absolutely stunning! The layering is superb and the colours magical.
    A real piece of art that you should be proud of.

  11. mab says:

    It is so beautiful. The Stampin’ Up ink really blended nicely and it looks like it reacts to water the same way Distress Inks do. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Lindsey says:

    This is beautiful! One layer, layered… you do both styles so well. A very elegant card.

  13. ND says:

    RJ particularly loves this card.


  14. Anke says:

    Absolutely stunning Heather, so beautiful, I love your card.


  15. mustavcoffee says:

    Hello there Heather, Fabulous stamping here! I have been lusting after that stamp for a while now:0) You’ve made a beautiful job with it, the branch is laden with flowers and the pretty colours you used show it off brilliantly. I also like the way you’ve taken the text and branch onto the base layer, Great job, Gay xxx

  16. Michelle says:

    Oh, Heather, this is absolutely beautiful! As one layer or layered, it is perfect. Love it.

  17. Kez says:

    I adore this card Heather, it is so serene. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing your technique; now I may just be able to give it a go!

  18. pam says:

    I think you did a wonderful job. It is very pretty and well put together – makes me want to try one also. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Nancy S. says:

    This is drop-dead gorgeous! Everytime I rediscover your blog, I want to try to recreate so many of your cards. you are such an inspiration! Thanks.


  20. Christine M says:

    I have only recently discovered your blog and this card has blown me away ….
    This style of card I so admire and your sample is just stunningly.
    With the subtle stamping on the base card coupled with the light touch of the text and canvas images you have created a master piece.
    TFS and the inspiration ….

  21. Alison says:

    I have just discovered your blog and I am just so in love with your cards – especially this one. Your style is so beautiful!!! I am now inspired to try masking techniques, sponging & single layers! Thank you for sharing your stunning work! 🙂

  22. Diane says:

    Lovely! It’s never dawned on me to stamp in a lighter colour then go over the the image with a darker colour. Brilliant idea, Thanks for sharing your work and the process.

  23. Patti says:

    Beautiful! I love how you extended the text under the background. And it’s a great idea to go ahead and stamp the flowers in the pink color and then fill in the brown branches with markers. Wouldn’t have thought of that!

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