WWC186 – Marsha’s Feminine “Anything Goes” Challenge

It’s the first Wednesday of September (where has the year gone?!) which means it’s time for our Anything Feminine Goes challenge at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge. My card is based on an idea I’ve had in mind for quite a while and I finally got around to making it. I made the background when I was experimenting with alcohol inks at the weekend, at which time I also made this card and thought it would be perfect for this challenge.

I began by making my background. I used a piece of Yupo paper and my alcohol inks. My plan was to leave the borders of the paper white, but I forgot to check the size and it turned out that what I assumed was a card front size panel was actually a bit bigger. In any case, I added drips of Coral and Dandelion alcohol inks as well as Alcohol Blending Solution until I was happy with how the background looked, then set it aside to dry. Once it was completely dry I trimmed the panel down so that it would fit my card.

Next I decided to do some heat embossing. It is possible to heat emboss on top of alcohol ink backgrounds but you do need to be careful not to melt the plastic Yupo paper. (As I did here – although I was able to salvage it!) I used the So Suzy Stamps Dress Form set to stamp a repeating pattern across my panel with the help of my MISTI, and heat embossed them in black.

I knew I wanted to use a scripty celebrate sentiment so I hunted through my stamps to see if I had one that fit what I had in mind. The one I found is from Craftin’ Desert Divas’ Say It Big. I stamped and heat embossed that centrally on the card. Finally I took the dotted line stamp from Simon Says Stamp’s Kind Flowers and added that alongside the sentiment.

With so much heat embossing on my panel it was rather warped. I covered the entire back of the panel with double-sided tape and adhered it to my card base. Having the tape on the entire panel helps to ensure it stays flat.

I’m really pleased with how this card came together. It may not be exactly as I’d originally planned – as I said I’d intended to have a white edge all around – but I think it’s very striking in any case. The silhouetted images work really nicely against the bright background. I often go for soft colours on feminine cards, and this one is definitely not soft! The bold colours still have a feminine feel to them. For more feminine card inspiration be sure to head over to see what the rest of the team made! And we’d love to see you linking up to join in too.


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

Crafty Gals Corner – Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Paru’s Card Making Challenges – Anything Goes

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday – Stamp It On

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Celebrating Stamping

STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge – Stamping

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – Anything Feminine Goes


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)








14 thoughts on “WWC186 – Marsha’s Feminine “Anything Goes” Challenge

  1. Fabulous card, really do love your background and bright colour scheme. Thank you for sharing your beautiful make with us over at Polkadoodles Crafty Challenge and hope you will join us again.
    Take care,
    Ann-Marie (DT)

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  2. Oh wow! What a great example of alcohol inks at their best! I love the bright bold background and thought it was a brilliant idea to stamp those dress forms in a line as the focal point. The black keeps everything grounded so nicely and this is really a stunning finished product. Great composition and excellent creative vision! Thank you for sharing your talents with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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