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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"Touch of British" Grunge card featuring Artistic Outpost Stamps!

Hello Everyone!
Well I had planned to make a Diamond Jubilee card in June while all the festivities were underway but I just didn't get around to it but now we've got the Olympic Games going on in the UK so here's a Diamond Jubilee slash British inspired card with a touch of vintage grunge!

Update:  Woohoo!  "Touch of British" made Top 5 at Try it on Tuesday :0)

Today I'm featuring Artistic Outpost stamps!  If you love the old world grunge style then you're going to want to check out these fab vintage stamps over in the Blockheads Paper Arts store!  This is the first of a few Artistic Outpost projects so check back again tomorrow to see what else I've been up to ;0)

I used the Girl with Crown collage image from the A Lovely Day set.

I've been in the mood for square cards this week so I started off by making a top fold card from white cardstock.

Use painter's tape to mask out the white areas of the Union Jack.  Apply Weathered Wood Distress Ink to all the triangular spaces with a foam ink applicator tool.

I specifically made my folded card from uncoated cardstock so that when I peeled off the painter's tape it would tear the surface for a really nice authentic distressed effect.  Leave some of the line edges crisp and let other sections tear for a more ragged look.

Mask off the white areas with large post-it notes and apply Fired Brick Distress Ink to form the cross.  You can see the awesome effect of the roughened surface once the ink is applied!

Mask and apply Fired Brick Distress Ink to create the diagonal lines.

Create the dirty grunge effect by distressing the edges of the card with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Stamp the Girl with Crown collage with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Colour the image with Distress Markers.  I used Weathered Wood Distress marker on the background to outline the images and applied Weathered Wood ink with a Q-Tip to the background areas for more of a distressed faded look.  I then used Dried Marigold Distress marker on the girl's clothes and on the flowers and added touches of Fired Brick to give the flowers more detail.  I also used Fired Brick on the crown and Tea Dye on the girl's hair.  Cut out the image leaving a narrow white border and distress the edges with Tim's Distress Tool.  Apply Tea Dye Distress Ink to the roughened edges.

Cut a mat from dark red cardstock and distress the edges in the same way.  Adhere the mat to the folded card with craft glue and wrap a length of red/white butcher's twine a few times around the card front and tie in a bow on the right hand side.  Tie knots at the ends of the twine and trim leaving a little bit extra and fray the ends.  Adhere the stamped panel to the mat with pop dots for a bit of dimension.

Don't forget it's supposed to be Diamond Jubilee inspired so of course I had to embellish the right hand side of the card with self-adhesive clear diamond jewels in three sizes!

That really was a fun card to make!  I hope you enjoyed seeing how it all came together and I've got another Artistic Outpost card to share with you tomorrow so stay tuned!  You'll also notice that there's an inlinkz collection below...that's where you'll see all the Artistic Outpost projects created by my fellow design team mates.  Just click on the thumbnails to visit their projects too!

Now for some fun challenges!
 Tuesday Taggers - So Very British
 Tuesday Alchemy #24 - Very Vintage or Looks Vintage
Make It Monday #99 - Always Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents


  1. A super card, great how you have made the flag.
    Thanks for joining us at lejdesigns challenge and good luck.

  2. Great card and tutorial! Love what you did with the image. Great take on the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

  3. As a Brit, I just had to come and have a look at this post which popped into my inbox overnight!
    I love this card and even more I love the fact that you show us how you did it!
    I'm going to see if these stamps are available here in the UK as I've not seen them before but they are wonderful. Ordering from US can become very expensive depending on what Customs will charge as an extra!!

  4. this is stunning - love the added tutorial for creating the union jack...
    thank you for joining in the challenge at LEJ Designs this week
    Debbi x

  5. stunning card and love that effect! saw it on MIM!
    Kim x

  6. Great combination of images for this awesome card .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  7. WOW! Your creation is just stunning AND you shared how you did it - Fantastic! I'm super excited that you played with us at Tuesday Alchemy!

    Want to play more? Join me at {PIN}spirational Challenges http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.com for another fantastic craft challenge!

    Lots of joy . .

  8. Brilliant!! There is so much work gone into this is it really shows, Love the distressed feel to it.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Tuesday Alchemy this week *hugs* Shell xx

  9. beautiful cards. I love how you used the Lovely Day stamps.

  10. beautiful cards. I love how you used the Lovely Day stamps.

  11. Saw your gorgeous creation on MIM and had to take a closer look. This is fabulous. Hugs Jox


  12. Such a fantastic card! Great details! Thank you for joining us over at Tuesday Alchemy Challenge this week! Good Luck! Hugs and sunshine

  13. Leigh, I am blown away by your card. So well done! Best wishes, Yvonne

  14. What a fabulous way to create the flag! I am watching the Olympics, but we don't get to see it live in the US. I wonder how crazy it is in your area with all of the excitement!

    Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Alchemy!


  15. A wonderful card. Loved seeing how you created it. Thanks for joining us at TIOT and have a great day. Angela


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