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Jan 11, 2020

Allsorts Challenge 554 and How To Easily Mask Mistakes While Adding Interest to Your Card

Today is the start of a new theme at Allsorts challenge with this week's topic of "Say it with Flowers" hosted by Brenda. We have a great prize to give away by Bee Crafty - a pretty floral stamp and sentiment -  so hopefully you'll join us for your chance to win!

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I stamped and heat embossed the image from the set Blooming Garden using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and Clear Embossing Powder. With a circle mask in place I inked the paper using Blueprint Sketch ink, starting at the bottom and using a lighter touch towards the top. Next I used Seedless Preserves ink on the bottom 1/3 of the card blending with the blueprint sketch ink.

Thought it would be a good idea to wash my hands (as you can imagine I had pretty inky fingers at this point and usually transfer some ink to the white part of the card.) Well, even though I dried my hands there must have still been some moisture on my fingers as it took away some of the ink, the way how distress inks react to water.

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How I Easily Saved My Card:

This is not a new idea, I'm sure many of you do similar things, but since there are always newbie card makers out there, I thought it's worth a mention.

A piece of bubble wrap was laying around on my desk and I thought it would be the perfect item to use to fix the card. I lightly spritzed it with water then pressed down onto the inked paper, just like a stamp. And since distress ink reacts this way to water, I was left with a pretty background. As a matter of fact several supplies and random things found in the kitchen or the office could be used in place of stamps or stencils to add interest to a card, which will help mask mistakes. This card was meant to be Clean and Simple.

The butterflies were also added because of a mistake. When I removed the circle mask, I noticed the circle must have shifted at some point because the bottom edge of the circle was smudged. This is when I decided to add the butterflies, I only needed one but it made more sense to add 3. I used an old Martha Stewart punch to make the butterflies out of distressed inked paper and added an sticky rhinestone to their body centers.

The blossoms and pods were stamped again on xpress it blending card then colored with copic markers. The sentiment from the Penny Black set Friendship was stamped and heat embossed directly onto the inked background. I rub an embossing buddy over the card before stamping, this will prevent the embossing powder from sticking to other parts of the card and it will only stick to the stamped impression.

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Alphabet Challenge - T for Try Something Different (Bubble Wrap Stamping) // Cute Card Thursday - Embellish // Double D Challenges - Punches (butterfly punch) // Fab n Funky - No Design Papers // Simon Says Stamp - Fun with Florals // We Love 2 Create - Something Creative/Mixed Media // Penny Black Saturday Challenge  - PB Stamps
Daring Card Makers (my chosen 3 elements are: Flowers, Dots, the color Blue) // Inspire Me Mondays
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  1. As they say- there are no mistakes only creativity - great save and you have made one of my fave stamps look completely different - wonderful card and such lovely colours too.

  2. Very pretty in the blue and lilac hues Ellie and you are quite right that some beautiful cards come out of our mistakes.

    B x

  3. What a beautiful card Ellie - yes, embellishments are always good for covering up the 'ooops' one sometimes makes. Love the way you have 'saved' the background - that was great thinking to use the bubble wrap

    1. Thanks Maxine. The bubble wrap was perfect because they almost look like fingerprints which I had showing on my card :)

  4. Gorgeous card! great idea to cover up mistakes
    Have a great day!

    1. Thanks Marilyn. Same to you, too!

  5. Gorgeous! LOVING that background and the flowers!

  6. There are no mistakes, only design opportunities, LOL!! This is truly beautiful, love the colors and the design.

    1. Thanks so much, Carole. Yes, I've learned over years that there are no mistakes. But sadly did waste way too many cards due to "mistakes" in my earlier days of card making.

  7. So pretty! I never would have known this was the result of a mistake. Everything looks perfect.

  8. It looks wonderful and I've been crafting for years and didn't know that, very effective, xxx

  9. Simply gorgeous card! Beautiful colors and love the background you created. Thanks for joining the Double D, "PUNCH" Challenge!

  10. Love this stamp and funnily enough I saw it the other day and thought 'time I used it again', fabulous choice of colours and a gorgeous background. May not use it again yet as you have made such a great card with it.

    Kath x

  11. WOW!! Fabulous and pinned it! This is one of my favourite cards from you and it's fun that came from mistakes :)
    Love, love, love your bubble wrapping give a magical feel to the poppies background, such amazing scene you have created!!

  12. Gorgeous card and colours - and I really like how you used the bubble wrap - even though it was to cover mistakes - it certainly came out brilliantly. Thank you for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge :) Lynda DT

  13. A great save twice over and ones we wouldn’t know about unless you had fessed up to them. Your card looks gorgeous. Hugs ValeryAnne.

  14. Oh Elli this is absolutely GORGEOUS! LOVE the color! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Punches’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
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  15. This is absolutely stunning, I have not seen the bubble wrap technique with Distress Inks before. I will have to try it. Gorgeous card, and great take on the Mood Board, thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ DD DT
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  16. Everything about this card is lovely!
    Thanks for joining in with this week's challenge at The Daring Cardmakers

  17. This is so pretty and I love how the background came out. Sometimes our mistakes can lead way to great successes. Your card is fabulous! Thanks for linking up to the Double D Challenges. Best of luck to you!

  18. The background looks fabulous and the hole card is stunning;-))m

  19. WOW, this is absolutely gorgeous!! Beautifully designed! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  20. Beautiful card Ellie, love it.
    Hope you are keeping well, l need to get back into my craft room it has been way too long x

  21. This has such a beautiful, dreamy, atmospheric feel! Gorgeous!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  22. Love this. That background is amazing. Thanks for joining us at Cute card Thursday. Hugz Andrea.x

  23. Wow, what a stunning card. The background amazing! Thanks for playing along with the Daring Cardmakers this week! :D

  24. how gorgeous....sometimes, our mistakes end up improving the look of the card; I make them all the time with my fingerprints.
    xx Karen

  25. Wow, I love this card. The bubble wrap background is fantastic. Wow Wow. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Alphabet Challenges. We hope to see you again. Caz DT.

  26. This is as beautiful as can be Elliebelle! Always fun to be refreshed on such great techniques!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us for our November Penny Black Saturday Challenge! ♥ Sue

  27. This is such a beautiful card - would never know there were boo boos in it!
    Thanks for the inspiration and congrats, Ellibelle, for being one of our Featured guests at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy this week! :-)

  28. Thanks so much for the tips. It's nice to know that others make smudges and I must remember not to get frustrated but think out of the box.


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