Tuesday 2 August 2016

Can You Case It 131

The colours this week at Can You Case It? are stylish, smart and made me keep thinking about them.

I went to my room thinking I'd be making one sort of card but it ended up completely different. At Stamp Camp in February, the very talented Jackie Noble showed us a card she'd made using retiform technique and I loved it. I tried it out a couple of times earlier in the year and, without really meaning to, seem to have done so again. 

I did try adding in some black twine but it was just too busy, so I took it off again and am very happy with the result. I like that the fractured stamping reflects the emotional turmoil of a loss but that the bird and flowers and the stillness of the centre offer hope and serenity. I also like the way the sponging of the different zones gives an almost 3D effect to the flat plane of the paper.

Update: Delighted to be a Top Pick at Can You Case It!

Card: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamps: Best Birds, Better Together, Timeless Textures
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate, So Saffron
Other: sponges, Wink of Stella, So Saffron and Smoky Slate markers.
All products Stampin' Up.


  1. Jan...beautiful card...I love the birds...Thanks for joining us at CYCI ~ Wynne

  2. Wow... I love it Jan. That sponging and shading is amazing. Great work with the challenge colours this week. Thanks for playing along with us at CYCI - Rose.

  3. Jan great technique! So cool! Thanks for joining CYCI! Laura

  4. This is absolutely stunning!! We are so delighted you joined us at Can You Case It!!

  5. Jan, this is a lovely card! Thanks for joining us at CYCI! Dawn

  6. Congrats on being a Top 6 Pick this week at Can You Case It!! Your card is truly stunning!