Saturday, June 11, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: A birthday card for Sweet Sue

You might notice that the blog title has changed from "ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE" to "ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND."  We have transitioned from our winter home in Rye, New Hampshire, back to the campground in South Hampton, New Hampshire.  The move and organizing have taken about a month, but my studio has reappeared and is operational!

Albeit a day or so late, I made time today to make a birthday card for a very dear friend, Sweet Sue!  Sue is not a longtime friend, but one who has appeared in my life at just the right time.  I found great joy in creating this card for her.

The photos tell the story here:

I added drops of Archival Ink re-inkers (in Forget-Me-Not and Chrome Yellow) as well as a bit of gold mixative to my craft mat.

Next, I added splashes of rubbing alcohol and gently mixed with a spatula.  I pushed into this mixture a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11" specialty stamping paper (Ranger), repeating as I moved the paper around, lifting and moving until I was happy with the result.

This 8-1/2 x 11" sheet will yield panels for three cards:

The next step was to add some embossed stamping to the panel, a simple process that yields dramatic results:

I matted the panel with black cardstock, then adhered that to my card blank:

Another stamp added the inside greeting:

It felt good to begin again to play in my (relocated) studio!  I have many projects on the list for all my tomorrows.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate both your visits and your comments.



  1. Hi Kay, I missed your posting and projects, great to see you back! Great technique here and a lovely result, love it :D x

  2. I'm so glad you have your crafting space back Kay, I've missed looking at your lovely blog posts!

    Don't you just love playing with inks and smooshing the cardstock through the colour? No two pieces ever look the same and they make fabulous backgrounds, as evidenced in your lovely card.

  3. Hi Kay! Like Gay and many other I guess, I missed your posting and great cards or pages... glad to see you back, and to know that you have good conditions now to play again in your studio! I love your technique with Archival re-inkers and rubbing alcohol, thanks for showing us the complete process the result is beautiful! And aften speaking about rubbing alcohol to my DH, it seems that he can help and has it in his stash yippee!!! :-) Mwah!

  4. Great to see you back Kay. I love the effect of the inks on the card. Your friend will be very happy with this card !
    Mwah! Corrie x

  5. You are incredibly talented!! I love all the things you do! Bev

  6. Welcome back friend!!! Lovely card.

  7. A great card, Kay. Glad to see you back.

  8. Oh Kay what a gorgeous background. I love those colours. I have started to play again and I am exploring backgrounds. Love this one and going to give it a try. For me the CAS style cards are very appealing. Just my style I guess. <3

  9. Glad you are back up and running. How is life in the new 5th wheel? Are you enjoying it and the propect of hitting the road later in the year? xox

  10. A beautiful card, Kay - I'm sure it was received with the same amount of love and joy in which it was created. Love that embossed black on the soft green!

  11. Simple but beautiful cards.
    Happy camping Kay xxx

  12. Gorgeous, Kay! Your marbled background is stunning (love the touches of gold!) and is the perfect showcase for the great quote. The simple black embossing is fab! How lovely to see you posting your beautiful work again - enjoy your time at the campground!

  13. Beautiful Kay!!! Thank you for the walk through!
    Now, I have a question, are you in a camper, or mobile home? And how on earth do you find enough room if in a camper?

  14. That's a great way to make a background, I must look out for a craft mat, thanks for the tutorial.
    And thanks a lot for your lovely comment on my blog, it was very much appreciated.


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