Tuesday 7 November 2017

Retro Rubber 75 - DT Card

We had some really clever takes on our last sketch challenge at Retro Rubber.  I look forward to seeing what you do with this new challenge. It's a colour challenge - all you have to do is use the colours in the picture as inspiration and make sure you use stamps older than a year to make your card.

I liked the weathered grey look of the seat, so chose that as the background for my flowers. The purples and pinks took my eye the most and so I made those my main colours. I used the Pinewood Planks dynamic textured impression embossing folder for the wood grain then lightly sponged the surface with Smoky Slate to bring out the texture further.

The stamps are both stamps I've had for a while. The sentiment is Winnie&Walter's Big, Bold and Party which I got soon after I started serious stamping, so sometime late 2014/early 2015. The gorgeous blooms are Altenew's Peony Bouquet. I'm not sure of the date but I've had them for about eighteen months.  They are so very, very beautiful and I wanted to try out my new Stampin' Blend alcohol markers. I've never had alcohol markers before, so I felt like a kid on Christmas morning!

So, today my watermark is wrong - images are not by Stampin' Up but Altenew.

If you'd like to join us at Retro Rubber, we'd love to see what you do. The rules are really easy: Use a stamp that's at least a year old, tell us the approximate age of it and don't link up to more than ten challenges in total.

If you live anywhere in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd love to help you with ideas and Stampin' Up products. Please message me through my Facebook page, linked in the sidebar of this blog or leave a comment below.

Ingredients - Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
Card: Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet, W&W Big, Bold and Party
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate
Stampin' Blends: Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive - lights and darks, Colour Lifter pen
Other: Altenew Peony Bouquet dies, Pinewood Planks impressions folder, Enamel shapes, dimensionals, sponges


  1. Jan, I couldn't wait to comment on your card! It is absolutely stunning! Love those peonies!!! I can't believe that you haven't used alcohol markers before and you certainly can't tell by this card. The background is perfect for the inspiration photo. GREAT card, as always!!

  2. This is a go to stampset/dies for me. Have owned them since they were first introduced. Your card is lovely and gives me inspiration to pull them out again.

  3. Jan, the wood grain is the perfect background for this gorgeous flowers, love the colors you picked from the inspiration photo and the way you arranged this lovely Peonies on your panel.
    Lovely card.

  4. Jan, this is beyond gorgeous, that background is amazing, I love it and want it!! The peonies are so beautifully coloured, again, when are you coming to teach me? Clairex

  5. Hi Jan! You really need to do me a favor and stop making such spectacular cards! LOL! This one is outstanding. The coloring on those flowers, the background and layout really shows what a fantastic crafter you are! LOVE!! Perfect dot placement too!!

  6. Love the wonderful embossing folder that backs this stunning card. It is so fun to see how each of us interprets the inspiration. Yours is stunning!

  7. Oh my goodness--an absolutely stunning card! Your coloring is amazing!

  8. Simply gorgeous, Jan!! The use of the smoky slate plank behind those lovely peonies certainly brings a richness to your card. Absolute wonderful coloring with the alcohol markers... aren't they fun? Stunning card, teammie....