For today’s card I pulled out the Darkroom Door vintage style “Correspondence set” and the “World Map” stamp. This mosaic style card was made for the wedding anniversary of friends of mine. I chose the correspondence and map stamps because they are a couple who love books, travel and literary memorabilia.
To create my background I used a layering technique featuring distress oxide inks. I pressed fossilized amber, broken china and cracked pistachio inks onto a craft sheet. I spritzed with water and pressed my hot pressed watercolour paper onto the ink. After picking up a layer of colour I dried the panel before laying it back into the ink to pick up more colour. By drying the panel in between layers I was able to keep the colours bright and distinct. Once I had layered enough colour I splattered some gold paint lightly over a few areas then let it dry.
I chose several stamps from the Correspondence set and stamped them in versafine onyx black ink onto the distress oxide background. I also stamped the world map stamp so I could cut out a little map panel. The next step was a bit like putting a puzzle together as I trimmed and arranged my stamped and unstamped rectangles to fill a natural coloured A2 card front. Once I was happy with my layout I added black foam to the back of three rectangles to add height and visual interest. I was left with one little space which I filled with four dots of ebony black nuvo crystal drops.

Supplies used:

Stamps: Darkroom Door Correspondence set, Darkroom Door World Map
Ink: Versafine Ink Onyx Black
Distress Oxide inks: Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio
Also: gold paint, Nuvo Black ebony crystal drops, black foam sheet, craft mat
Paper: Neenah solar white, Hot pressed watercolour paper




7 Comments on “Correspondence”

  1. Marie-Lison says:

    WOW as usual, I love what you did with this card. It is still easy to execute. Once again thank you and congratulations.

  2. memalagene says:

    Awesome card, I love the background colors and the mosaic layout!

  3. Liz in NH says:

    This is just great. Love your solution to the little open space left over, with the Nuvo drops. That space would have driven me nuts. Not sure I would have thought of a solution. Thanks!

  4. Pat says:

    What a great idea for an anniversary card and I’m sure they will be thrilled with it Heather. I love the way you have laid out the panels at different heights and the oxide background goes beautifully. x

  5. Karen Jackson says:

    This is quite marvellous Heather. I love that you have raised some ’tiles’ for interest and left some flat. I also like your colour palette very much; the blue, green and amber shout sky, sand and sea to me reflecting the topic of travel & correspondence. So different.

  6. Janet S.-Iowa says:

    Amazing use of color and space!!! I can tell you had fun creating this Anniversary card. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Catherine says:

    Beautiful card. Love the mosaic tile effect.

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