Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Something simple

Hello and happy April! Over at Country View Crafts it is the start of a new challenge and we using Kraft card. For my first make I decided to use the card to make a weathered or worn background - it was just play really but I liked how it came out.

I began with a piece of card I had used to mop up some pumice stone distress spray and added some gesso - just lightly swiping it in random lines in one direction.
I then did a similar thing with gathered twigs DI - the gesso resists it so it adds colour to the non painted areas.
I wanted a little more variation so took my sanding block and lightly sanded the surface before adding some frayed burlap and finally a little more gathered twigs.
In the end I also added a little broken china through the latticework stencil in the corners - but this is quite subtle.

I stamped the words and one of the Runway girls in archival ink and heat embossed.

 I also stamped the same girl on some scrap Kraft card and cut out the dress. I coloured it with broken china ink and embossed with clear powder. (It turned out to be a little contaminated!) I coloured in the ' Beauty' letters with broken china and then a promarker to add a bit more colour.

A few close ups:

Do pay a visit to the Country View Crafts challenge blog for more inspiration on using Kraft card. As usual there is a monthly prize donated by Susan at the Country View Crafts store.

Thanks for visiting - have a lovely day.


  1. Very classy card Nikki with a wonderful background.

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Love this Nikki,the background is

  3. Wow,stunning Nikki! I love the way you did the background,looks just like weathered wood,brilliant!
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  4. Beautiful Nikki and how I wish I could wear a dress like that................Beautifully Simplistic and a great idea for the background

    TFS and hugs Annie x

  5. Oh my goodness!! This is gorgeous!!! Love the simplicity and elegance of this crafting gem! Thank you for the inspiration! Hugs :)

  6. Beautiful Nikki! You picked the perfect sentiment for your 'simple' card. Gorgeous colouring on her dress, and I love your streaked background! hugs :)

  7. Gorgeous background Nikki, i love how your card has turned out, your use of the blue in the corners has tied this together beautifully :-) xxx

  8. Beautiful Nikki, love the gorgeous background you created! Those runway girls look more appealing each time you use them....but I must resist! Anne xx

  9. What a scrumptious layered background, weathered and wonderful. Love this Nikki!
    Alison xx

  10. I LOVE what you have done with the Runway stamp and this card is great, beautiful background and beautiful sentiment to finish it xx

  11. Hi Nikki, I love your projects with the runway stamps they are exceptional.
    Julie x

  12. A beautiful card Nikki, its a very elegant image.
    Yvonne xx

  13. Wonderful use of those Runway stamps, Nikki! The image looks fabulous against that background! Love it!

  14. Your simplicity is really stunning Nikki!

  15. Your simplicity is really stunning Nikki!

  16. I really like this Nikki, a brilliant card xx

  17. Love your distressed background Nikki, wonderful!

  18. Gorgeous background, Nikki! And this runway girl has one beautiful dress! Very nicely done!

  19. Love this! What a great background and the runway image like great on it Chrisx(trying to catch up!)


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