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Gift of nature

In my previous post I mentioned that I made a second “print” with the household foil used for the Fairyland card. The print reminded me of bark or the bare branches of a tree. A while ago I was playing with the peacock stamp set and had stamped several images and embossed it in coppertones and then cut them out. This little peacock (Chocolate Baroque stamp) was perfect for this dead wood! See how it sits on the branch? It also matches the inspirational image from Our Creative Corner, where there is an image of a snail in twigs and dead leaves. Not that this peacock is a snail ofcourse.


The daylight picture. I think I like the evening picture better.

Note: Pictures are made last night with artificial light, I’ll see if I can get a good picture in today but as the Chocolate Baroque challenge is closing today I want to get this blogpost out first!


I’d like to imagine you don’t see him from afar, hidden on the branches which look like dead wood. But those that take a second look see the beauty of it, as there is beauty all around us.


Embossing on tissue paper. I first tried without embossing and Stazon Jet Black, seen in the lower right corner. The text was too light imo. Next to it is the first embossed part, but it didn’t have enough coverage. The embossing powder is applied to the upper text but not heated yet. See the embellishments? Made with the Mod podge mod melts and then painted with acryllic paint.

The text (from a Crafter’s Companion sentiment set) is first stamped onto tissue paper & heat embossed with black fine embossing powder, then decoupaged to the card.


The gloss of the paint disappeared a bit behind the tissue paper ofcourse, and the edges of the tissue paper were still quite visible so I added a bit of paint to the edges to smoothen it a bit.

The leaves are made myself with Mod Podge Mod Molds. The 2 greenish leaves are made with Martha Stewart clay, as is one of the bigger leaves. The other leaf is made with Mod Melts or hot glue from the gluegun. I don’t think there is a difference between the two (mod melts or hot glue) actually. The clay (or rather, the chemical kneadable siliconefoam kind of something) gets soft again when it gets wet so painting it is not advised, you can alter it with e.g. pan pastels or perfect pearls. In the picture below you can see the three molds I have, now filled with the clay. That needs to dry for almost a day. The hot glue is ready in just 10 minutes after putting it in, but it is more difficult getting all the details and getting a flat back.


All leaves for this card are dusted with perfect pearls copper. (The only pan pastel colour I have is sparkling black, which doesn’t really match this card). I brushed the text area also slightly with the copper.


Horizontal / left one is Martha Stewart white clay (although it feels and smells more like silicone foam kind of stuff then clay), the vertical/right one is hot glue.


Blinded by the low autumn sun.

A picture to show the shine/glimmer:

Can you see that it is the second print? It’s best visible if you look at the upper right corners in the picture below.




The two cards together:


For the Craftstamper design team: The card with the white palace also has stamping on tissue paper, the white bit (palace and pillars) is done with that technique, only I didn’t know about your challenge yet unfortunately.

I’d like to enter the peacock card in the following challenges:



42 thoughts on “Gift of nature

  1. What an interesting array of techniques you have used to create your card. The crumpled foil effect does resemble leaves.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great card Debbie, lovely background, which works really well as bark. Your handmade leaves are fab, I love making my own embellishments. Thanks for entering your card into the Chocolate a Baroque challenge, Judith xx

    • I don’t use embellishments often, but thought I’d give it a try. I think I like it, just a few here and there for more dimension. The downside is added weight and shipping costs of the card…

  3. The two cards are absolutely stunning and so delicate! LOVE that “bark background texture” and the shine! And the peacock sits there just perfectly! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you for sharing this awesome creation with us at Our Creative Corner!

    Claudia x

  4. Hello Debbie, Another beautiful design, I love that gold/copper background! Thanks for joining us again at Chocolate Baroque’s Colour Challenge, Shirleyx

    • No apologies for not or late visiting! Real life always comes first, and there’s only 24 hrs in a day, of which only a few are available for hobby. I had planned to visit a few blogs from WOYWW and leave some comments this week, but haven’t had a chance for that either. (WOYWW is fun to do, have a peek at other peoples workstation and show yours. I found out I’m not alone in being a messy crafter, and there’s no need to feel ashamed of the mess I make whlie crafting, or the need to hide it!)

  5. That’s a gorgeous make, love the Mod Podge moulds! Thanks for sharing with us at the Take It Make It Challenge, Elizabeth x

  6. Gorgeous bird and lovely details surrounding this card!! You did an artistic job!! Thank you so much for joining in at Simply Create Too!! We are glad you did!!
    Taunya Butler

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