We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Sunday 23 June 2013

Bees, bugs and microbes!

I was in a card making mood yesterday, and the weather was so boring!  I have recently bought some new stamps and metal dies, and I've still got a lot of stuff to use up so .....

I don't think I've mentioned the rice thing yet; it is the same technique as using salt.

Colour spritz some card (I used watercolour paper), sprinkle on some rice, and spritz again.

I haven't used any of this paper yet, as I think it looks too much like something growing in a petri dish!

Anyway, thought I would die-cut it, so the pattern didn't show too much.  Also die-cut some of the left over card prepared for my Summertime canvas (previous post).

Both these backgrounds are created by swiping Distress Ink pads onto an acrylic block, misting a little water onto it, then using it as a stamp.  I then overstamped with some script.

I love silhouette stamps, and I just couldn't resist the people set from Clarity.  The background is lightly brayered (though a stronger colour than has come out on the photo), and the rain (or stars) are created with Stickles.

Finally, indulged myself with new bee and ladybug metal dies - I think these are adorable.

The last card says it all!


  1. lovely cards - great idea to use the acrylic block as a stamp but what was really up my street was the petri dish of bacteria lol

  2. Have never thought of using the acrylic block as a stamp will have to give it a go.

  3. Hello, Carol sent me here :). I loooove your acrylic block backgrounds and the cards look fab. And I love your petri dishes! :)). Now joining your followers club, to keep the lovely guys company :-P xxx

  4. Thank you all for your comments. I think the petri dish look would make a great card for a micro-biologist!