Joyous celebrations and an ink technique …

Hi and welcome to my blog.

We have a brand new hostess this week at 52 Christmas Card ThrowdownLouise has set us a sketch challenge, and a rather unusual one too.  When I first saw it, it reminded me of a card I made a while back using the retiform technique, so I thought it would be fun to make another …


It was difficult deciding which stamp set to use – there are so many that would be perfect for this challenge. After some deliberating, I chose the  “joyous celebrations” set, as it had lots of small images to make patterns with…


I loved the vintage look the sponging gave to the card …


Not a lot of supplies were needed – just some inks, cardstock and a stamp set! If you like this technique and would like to try it for yourself, SplitCoast Stampers have a fab tutorial available. 


I hope you like my card for this week.  Now it’s time to see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. We do hope you’ll join us.

Want to make this blog colours

stamps:  joyous celebrations;

inks: early espresso, cherry cobbler, crumb cake;

cardstock: very vanilla, cherry cobbler;

accessories: sponge daubers. 

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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Thanks for dropping by today


8 Comments to “Joyous celebrations and an ink technique …”

  1. Stunning card, Gill! The sketch looks amazing with this technique. Love it! Xx

  2. Lovely card Gill and I’d completely forgot about this technique! Must give it a go soon xxx

  3. Gill, this looks amazing. I thought it was made from DPs but then I read your post. The sponging gives a really vintage feel and the stamping is perfect. Love how you used the sketch
    Louise xx

  4. love your DIY patterns – such a pretty color combo, too

  5. elle a un joli look vintage Gill, très jolie créations, biz

  6. Love this technique. Will have to try it out. Thanks for sharing. C x

  7. Wow – you STAMPED this!?!?! This is phenomenal, Gill! I love the combination of patterns and the rich colors you chose. Very impressive!

  8. This is brilliant. I think your stamping if fantastic! I thought you’d used a paper set. Wonderful card.

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