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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Always take the scenic route for Country View Crafts Summer challenge .

Well it is the start of a new month a new challenge over at Country View Crafts where the theme is summer... for me Summer inspired me to go with the delicate soft blues of water and gorgeous sea creatures that make me think of happy times near the sea.

For these I created two cards using Eileen hull recipe card die, plenty of distress goodies and Tim Holtz goodies and some fab crackle glaze from DecoArt .

I started by creating the background using the recipe card die from Eileen Hull and cutting two cards from thick card , I then applied some modelling paste through the yummy flourish stencil from Tim Holtz and left to dry. I then applied some tumbled glass distress paint using cut n dry foam and left to dry. Then I applied a layer of DecoArt crackle glaze over the whole surface and left it to do its magic!

When dry I rubbed in some walnut stain distress ink and edged in walnut stain distress ink.

To complete the base card I added some dyed seam binding and a piece of industrial borders from Tim Holtz.

I love the aged finish created .

And the contrast of the soft seam binding..

So to complete the first card I added foliage thinlit from festive foliage thinlit set..cut from patterned paper, a seahorse movers and shapers die cut, a small talk quote cut in pieces and inked...and an idea-ology token..

The second one was finished in much the same way..

So that's my taste of summer , make sure you pop across to see the pieces my team mates have created ..you wont be disappointed and hopefully you will find time to join in this month x

Some close up pictures of some of the details...

I do so love a bit of crackle .. and making things have a gentle and vintage feel makes me happy 

keep those fingers inky!
trace x


  1. Just wonderful Trace! Gorgeous pieces!

  2. Love your duo of recipe cards Trace . The texture n crackle on ya background is fabulous and work so well with the seahorses and foliage . Love them x

  3. these are joyful Trace - I adore the colours and textures - gorgeous xx

  4. What lovely seascapes you have created here! Trace, the crackle texture looks amazing with the seahorses and love how you tied them up so pretty! Happy Weekend!

  5. Stunning Trace, love the crackle background and that blue looks amazing love it hugs Debsxx

  6. Wonderful Trace, what a great way to use the recipe card die! Love, love, love the aged effect from your delicately coloured and crackled background and the juxtaposition of the industrial border and crinkle ribbon is perfect. Love your seahorses, did you stencil them with the Crocodile stencil? They look great! Deb xo

  7. Seriously, only you could do a vintage neutral sea scape! LOVE this!

  8. Utterly wonderful, Trace - the delicate blue, the wonderful crackle, those delightful seahorses - an absolute stunner of a summertime make.
    Alison xx

  9. Looking at these makes me happy, too!

  10. Holy Seahorses, Trace!! These cards are simply beautiful!! I love the crackly backgrounds you created for these silently swimming seahorses!! :) :) Just love these!! XOXO-Shari

  11. Under the sea, under the sea, things could not be wetter, things could not be better than under the sea.
    Love it Trace!!
    Sandy xx

  12. Absolutely stunning love the colour and the sentiment

  13. What a stunning piece of art. saw your DT work at country view and had to come have a look at all the details,its gorgeous !
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects


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