Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

Hi all! Today I’ll be sharing two posts with you again. In fact, every other Wednesday, you’re going to get slammed privileged with 2 posts from me. Somehow, 2 of the challenge blogs I make cards for, landed up on the same week, even if they started out on different weeks! So for my first post, I’m sharing a card to entice you to join our Anything Goes challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More.

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This card is made mainly from the original card I made for this challenge but didn’t like at all, but I really liked the effect of the My Favorite Things die cut Smile, so my 2nd try started from there. What I did was colour a piece of 250gm Clairefontaine multi technique paper with my Zig clean color real brushes. I started out with greens for the  grass, which is where the Smile diecut was cut from. I then coloured the sky, stamped the buildings from Clearly Besotted’s “Caped Cuties” stamp set, and fussy cut it. You can see better what I mean if I show you the original card.


I felt this card was too saturated with colour but I kept the original idea. To get the soft background on my card, I spread some inks on a large stamping block, spritz some water on it and pressed my card onto it, moving it to spread the ink around. This technique is called “smooshing”. Once my paper was dry, I die cut the zig zag border which comes from MFT’s Blueprint 21 set. To finish, I stamped a caped hero with versafine ink, fussy cut him and coloured him with my Zigs too. I used red to make him pop.



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Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll head over to the challenge blog here and see all the fantastic creations my team mates have done especially to inspire you.

Oh, but before I go I just want to share my new favourite cutting tool. The Dahle 550, its fantastic! Before I bought this, I used We R Memory Keepers trim and score and Tonic Studios Guillotine, but just after afew weeks of use, I just couldn’t seem to get a clean cut when I tried to cut afew layers of 250-300g card stock. With my Dahle, even after 5 months I’m still getting clean cuts and I can cut chipboard and thicker cardboards! And look at how thin it cuts too! Its a huge machine though so you need alot of space for this!

dahle cu

Anyway, sorry about digressing but when I find a product I love I get a little enthusiastic! Thanks for stopping by and your comments always make my day!


9 thoughts on “Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes

  1. You did a great job in recreating your card to your liking, Gwendolyn. I’m so glad you didn’t just chuck it because the final version has a great smooshed background. And how fun is that crusading bunny.

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  2. ooh sweeet I love the bunny super man hehe so cute
    and love the idea of the SMILE under the building
    cute card Gwen
    annnddd that Dahle…eeeh seriously you like it?
    I bought it maybe 2012 and now it is in my Schublade
    cause its a BIIIIG things and my craft room has small space
    so its there and never used
    but my one I guess smaller as yours and you have extra things there with red button??I dont have
    my one is a primitive one
    but maybe next time I try it again with my Dahle..
    so you have the same equipment with Me sweety hehe
    see you maybe around teamie
    biig hugs


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