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March 01, 2014


Hey Everyone, it's my turn to host the Artbymiran Blog today with my second project of the month :)

Here is the card I made using the gorgeous digi image Ceridwen

Our theme this month is 'Green for St Patricks day' and although this project could have been anything goes, as my first project followed the theme, I thought I would still try and stick to a greenish theme as Ceridwen looks perfectly at one with nature and all things green :)

Not only did I have great fun colouring this beautiful digi, but I had great fun making my own background again!

I wanted a background with earthy, green tones, but that was also elegant and beautiful like Ceridwen.

The very back of the card is a page from an encyclopedia, torn, inked and slightly curled. It is aptly a page on nature and trees, which you can see by some of the wording (I thought this was a nice added extra).

The next layer was so much fun to do and relatively easy.
 First I coloured a piece of card with a few different coloured distress inks. 
Once the background was dry, I used an embossing folder to run this and my background through my bigshot. This left a really nice embossed effect over the background. 

To then highlight the embossed parts a little further, I gently rubbed some gilding wax all over and then buffed it up. It really has created a lovely antique but elegant sheen over it all and the embossing really stands out.

Here's a closer look at the beautiful Ceridwen.

I popped  a stamped sentiment in the corner and created mats for both this and the image with my shiny new 'perfect layers tool' that I was lucky enough to get using a certificate that I won recently :) It was so simple to use, I don't know why I didn't have one before! Hehe...

And that was it card finished.

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Materials Used

Distress inks - Pine needle / Peacock green / Squeezed Lemonade / Vintage photo
Old encyclopedia
Green, kraft and white card from stash
Guilding waxes - Enchanted gold / Pewter
Tim Holtz Embossing folder
ArtbyMiran  digi image - Ceridwen

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  1. Fabulous, Sam! What a gorgeous digi, beautifully coloured as always. Love your background! Full of texture and interest. xx

  2. Another stunner Sam! I adore the image, and your colouring is fantastic as always. Love the encyclopaedia page background!
    Just hopping by on the Crafting Cafe blog hop :-) x

  3. Love the colours and the text in background x popping by on the blog hop for Crafting Cafe x

  4. What a sweet card. I like how you put the antique edges on the card.
    Peeking in... from the blog hop for Crafting Cafe!

  5. Love this card - the background is fabulous. Chris x

  6. Lovely card beautifully coloured in too x

  7. A lovely creation and I like the sentiment. Vee xx ps I am now following

  8. hi hun just hopping by :) oh wow i love this card,the colouring is amazing, and all the details are just perfect x

  9. Your colouring is amazing!! Popping over on the Crafting Cafe Blog Hop :)

  10. Hello from the Crafting Cafe blog hop! Beautiful, pure art. Gorgeous colours and love your background. Ax

  11. Hopping over from the Cafe...Glad i did, your card is following on bloglovin xxx

  12. What a very pretty the image colouring, all the layers and especially the use of gilding wax (must get mine out and use it a bit more)....bye for now, hoppity-hop xx

  13. beautiful card and love what you did with the embossing.

  14. On the hop over from the cafe...... I adore this card, beautiful colouring..... x

  15. Just hopping by on The Crafting Cafe blog hop to say hello!
    I love what you've done here & especially love the fact that you took the trouble to use a page related to the subject of your card!
    Great work!
    Best hop on!
    Love & Hugs
    Dawn xx

  16. Hi Samantha, such a beautiful card, love the image and the design. I have arrived here from the Crafting cafe Blog Hop.

    Hugs Erin x

  17. Gorgeous card, especially liked the background!
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts Challenge;-))m

  18. Gorgeous work Samantha, I love your beautiful background and the fabulous image. Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts for our Spring is Coming challenge x

  19. Such a gorgeous card, love the image and your colouring. Thank you for joining us over at Open-Minded Crafting fun, Good luck and we hope to see you again soon. Alison xx

  20. Stunning! Your coloring is gorgeous! I love how you colored her hair. I love the edges all torn and inked. Love the embossing. This is absolutely wonderful!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}

  21. ohhh wow this is totally gorgeous!!! Just adore the great embossing and the colors you have added to this. Totally stunning creation and great use of the encyclopaedia!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky. I’m doing a little giveaway to celebrate 500 followers come and join in

  22. This is so beautiful love your colouring thank you for joining us at Cards Galore Encore challenge 3
    Gemma DT xx

  23. Gorgeous card, love your coloring and that image is just stunning! Thanks for joining us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun!
    sharla~dt :)

  24. Gorgeous card with fab coloring. Thank you for playing with Doodle Garden this week.

  25. Stunning card! Love the colours and that beautiful image. Hugs, Wends x

  26. Lovely card. Fabulous coloring, embossing, and distressing. Thanks for sharing at OMCF.

  27. Very pretty!!! Beautiful background! Thanks for playing along with Speedy Fox & Friends Metal challenge!

  28. wow beautiful, really gorgeous, you have put a lot of work into your card, thank you for sharing with us at fairies challenge, good luck
    caroline dt

  29. What an absolutely gorgeous card! I love it!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Di's Digis! We have a new challenge up in the morning, so I hope you'll join us again!


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