Wednesday, May 21, 2014


It's that time again for the second part of our monthly challenge, "Flowers". Play along for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate (name chosen at random) to be used at the Serendipity StoreTo enter all you need is a flower somewhere on your creation and use a Serendipity Stamp or die. Details can be found here on the SSCB. 

Great time to pick up the new dies!

Who Can RESIST Flowers!
Each designer will be showing a different resist technique and incorporating flowers. Be sure to check them out!

 Here are the links
                                         Anya Schrier
                                            Jeanne Jachna
                                            Jenny Gropp
                                            Julie Warner
                                            Karen Amidon
                                            Marybeth Lopez
                                            Miriam Napier
                                            Pauline Pollington
                                            Vickie Zimmer

The resist technique I chose is called "Ghosting". For this you will need:
Glossy White Paper, VersaMark Ink, Distress Inks (or any water based ink), blending tool, stamp, die (optional), and a rag.
A Tutorial by Beate Johns can be found here on Splitcoast Stampers

Using a die will leave a white border if left in placed.  
The die was run through the cutter first. Next, leaving the die in place, stamp your image with your VersaMark. For this I have chosen the leaf from the Flower Pops Set. You want this to dry. I speeded up the process by using a heat gun! 

Sponging color over the entire area, I've used Memento- Bamboo Leaves for my background. Notice that you are starting to see the stamped image show.

Once you have achieved your color, take a rag and buff over your design. The ink will rub off where your VersaMark is. Voila! You are ready to use you ghosted image!

The flowers are also from the Flower Pop Set. There are 8 stamps to this fun set. I've used the Zinnia, Dahlia, Peony and again the Leaves. They all were colored with Copics.

The Hello stamp was used on the inside.

Thanks for looking!                                                
  • Stamps: Serendipity- 1304M Flower Pops, 168C Hello-Large
  • Ink: Memnto- Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves, VersaMark
  • Paper: Neenah, glossy white cardstock, Bazzill
  • Other:Copics, Viva Pearl Pen- black, Spellbinders- A2 Matting Basics, Labels Eight, Mft- Pierced Oval Stax, foam tape, Scor-tape, burlap sheet, silk ribbon, enamel dots



  1. Karen, I always learn something new when I visit your blog! I love the ribbon treatment! I already have the resist started. TY for reminding me of it!! Your card is gorgeous and you never fail to create something unique and beautiful!

  2. It's beautiful!! Love the background! Fabulous fussy cutting... Love those flowers!

  3. Gorgeous Karen, your colouring is beautiful, and your sponged leaves really pop!

  4. Very pretty! So nicely colored, and really the layout and the technique that you used!

  5. Gorgeous cluster of flowers Karen. So nice that you take the time to show how you made the card. Beautiful!

  6. Beautiful card, thanks for reminding me about ghosting haven't done it in soooo long.

  7. Love this card Karen! The burlap background adds so much texture! Your coloring on the flowers is just beautiful! Neat leaf background too.

  8. Gorgeous colors Karen, with the inked background.

    Hugs Diane

  9. Beautiful, Karen! Love your ghosted bg and the colors are lovely. Love that burlap bg, too!

  10. Gorgeous card with those fabulous colored flowers! Great design, too!

  11. Just beautiful, Karen! Love that burlap background, and the flowers look fantastic. I especially like the colorful center of the main flower! Such attention to detail! :)

  12. Your coloring on the flower is gorgeous.