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Hi, I'm Pam and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been making cards for over 10 years and am an independent demonstrator for Creative Expressions. I am lucky enough to teach on cruise ships and also get the chance to demo at The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking Show at Alexander Palace. I run workshops for a local craft shop and if anyone would like details of the them please e-mail me at stephen.smith870@ntlworld.com I love to scrapbook but my all time favourite thing is to get messy with ink!

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Lace Background

Good Morning All and a Very Happy Tuesday!

While I was at Ally Pally a few weeks ago, I showed how to make a background for a card using net curtain.  I was asked if I would put the instructions on my blog and here it is!

Cut a square of card slightly larger than needed and put the required size of double sided adhesive sheet on it.

Select your piece of net curtain!  Ideally, it should have a large open weave.  Charity shops are great places for finding nets.

Select 3 colours of Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitters and apply one colour at a time with a small spoon.  I've used Vintage Violet, Lavender and Sea Green.

Remove the net curtain and add Cosmic Shimmer Diamond Snow to fill in any areas not covered by the glitter.
Matt and layer onto Black Foundations and Coconut White Card.

Stamp the sentiment from Phill Martins Decadent Damask Birthday Verses with Black Archival Ink.  Heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Powder.

Cut out using the Sue Wilson Greek Island, Santorini Die Set.  Distress the edges with Dusty Concord Ink.
Using the same set, cut the next size down in black card.  Cut in half and glue to the back of the sentiment.

Add a length of black seam binding to the left hand side of the glittered background.  Attach the background to the card blank.
Add the sentiment with 3d foam pads.

Die cut some Butterflies from the Finishing Touches-Magical Butterfly set using Black Card.
Glue into position.  On the larger butterfly, add 3 dots of Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue in Decadent Denim to finish.

And there's the finished card!

It's a very old technique and seemed to die out about 9 years ago.  I thought it was time to revive it as the Glitters and Double Sided Adhesive Sheets are so much better now.
Everything (apart from the curtain!) has come from Creative Expressions.

Well, that's about it for today.  I'll be back in the UK tomorrow and normal service will be resumed!  I'm not sure what's happened to the colours in the last couple of photos.....we're having some serious computer issues at the moment...hopefully, it'll be sorted out soon.

As always, many thanks for stopping by and leaving comments.  They are much appreciated.  So until next time, have a happy, crafty week.


ros hodgkins said...

Good morning Pam, I love this card, and for me it's a very beautiful technique and one I have not seen before. I find it difficult to believe that o piece of discarded piece of net can give this amazing background. Thank you so much.
X Ros

Jackie T said...

Hi Pam this is a stunning card. I too had not heard of this technique. I am off to the charity shops to get some old nets. Enjoy the rest of the cruise. Hugs Jackie

Jenny L said...

Hi Pam,
this is a super creation, and what a fab use of old net.
I love the wonderful effect of this.
great designing too.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful technique.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Christine B. said...

Hi Pam what a lovely card. I haven't done that for years' thanks for your inspiration Love and hugs XX ChrisB