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3rd Thursday of the month - Stamp set/die cutter review
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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Clearly Besotted Set the Scene Card 1 & Less is More Challenge 193

Good evening all,

Today I have been very busy playing with one of my new stamp sets from Clearly Besotted - Set the Scene. I have written a review of this set which you can find here.

My first card is in keeping with the Less is More challenge, which is to create a one layered card, using two of something. I decided to use the city scape with the two fireworks. I have to admit, that I really struggle with one layer cards because I much prefer a backing card first as my base with a layer on top. I feel it hide a bit of the warping that can happen from heat embossing etc - whereas with one layer, you are totally exposed!

So anyway, to start my card, I stamped the snow globe  on a 8cm x 8cm square card - thought this size was a bit different and suited the size of the stamp well.

I then began colouring the globe part using Spectrum Noir markers - first in a royal blue shade and then blended in a darker navy at the edges.


The city scape was then heat embossed in black along the bottom of the globe - 

The two fireworks were stamped using my embossing stamp after being carefully positioned using my stamp-a-majig.

I wanted the fireworks to be a mix of red and gold so I carefully added one to the centre and the other to the outer parts - I found a small plastic teaspoon was best for this. I was so pleased with the end result!

Once both fireworks were in place, I began working on the base of the globe. I felt that red would be the best for this to brighten the image up. I used Spectrum Noir Markers for this, again using a lighter shad in the centre and blending in darker shades as I moved outwards.

The final stage was to add a sentiment to the globe - I felt that Happy New Year was most appropriate and just to try it out/use it up, I used the mixture of red and gold I had been left with from the fireworks. This worked well! What I love too, it that some flecks of red and gold have become heat set in the windows of the city scape which just adds that bit extra sparkle!

I was really annoyed that I had gone over the lines slightly with the colouring. I decided to finish the image off by re-stamping the globe and heat embossing in black, but in further, I would do this FIRST, to stop the colours bleeding out.

Also, some flecks of black embossing ink has been left on the card which is SO annoying! I definitely need to invest in an embossing buddy!!

Here is the finished card. I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I made this card.

Any comments as always, so very much appreciated. Laura xxx

Supplies used:
Card/Paper: White Card from Papermill Direct
Stamps: Clearly Besotted-Set the Scene
Ink: Emboss embossing ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
EP: Papermania Black, Tinsel Red and Gold EP's
Pens: Spectrum Noir Blues no.s - TB5 &TB9, Red's no.s - CR11, DR5 &DR7


  1. Wow fantastic firework celebratory card Laura.
    Love how you've detailed the steps and good to see your card take shape.
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  2. What great fireworks. Interesting to see the card develop.

  3. It looks as though you had great fun making this vibrant card!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  4. LOL you have been busy! Great attention to detail and real pop of colour!

  5. Wow Laura what a fab card, love your fireworks!
    Sorry to be so late commenting and checking out your card
    Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More
    LIM Designer

  6. Ohh la la, Laura! What a fiery, fabulous, spectacular card you've created! The pops of colour are iincredibly eye-catching, and your detailed, "I could do this along with you if I had those images' tutorial, is awesome! Your inspiration to stretch your creativity (including your new Thursday focus series) is having a ripple-effect! I need to work 'outside my comfort' zone much, much more!