Monday, 1 December 2014

Time for Teal?

Happy Monday,

I had almost forgotten my love of the colour combination of Teal and white something I used to use on so many occasions.  I was looking at the new stamps to die for from Sue's new range, when I was chatting with Julia at her workshop the other day as she is the Queen of stamping, and I could just see this card in my head.

I started by stamping the floral doodle stamp to die for (to match the New York Collection) in Perfect Medium onto teal foundation card. I added cosmic shimmer detail white embossing powder and heat set it.  I did this twice more to make three identical images.  Using the square die from the New York collection, Herald square die set, I cut each stamped image out.  For the centres I hand cut the middles out using my scalpel.

To make the centre panel I simply placed them on top of each other and then wove a strip of white card, with a piece of teal seam binding stuck along it, through the three shapes.  I wove this piece over and under each successive corner so that all elements of the design were visible across the three.  I then foam mounted this onto a base embossed with the creative expressions A4 embossing folder adding a teal border and tucking the ends over.  To finish the card I added the panel to a large mat of white and teal .

Finally I added a multilingual bow in the same teal seam binding and a black large dazzler to the top.

Sue wilson's New York Union square die
Creative expressions A4 embossing folder Climbing Vines
Stamps to die for floral doodle stamp
Teal and coconut white foundation card
Teal seam binding



  1. Morning John
    WOW What an amazing card - how different. Love the teal, and that bow!
    Thank you for sharing.
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  2. Stunning card-love the stamped images & I even like the bow which is quite something as I don't usually like them.


  3. Eh up John
    As you know, I did my version with mica but I like the addition of the "multilingual" bow.
    Have a great day.
    Ang x

  4. Good morning John this is a fantastic card I do like the teal and white combination and the interesting use of dies and stamps. Have a great day. Hugs Jackie

  5. Morning John,

    Stunning card, love the design and Teal is one of my favourite coloured card. This would make a great Christmas card hanger (without the backing card of course) just adding more of the squares on a long strip, gorgeous.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  6. Lovely design but as soon as I saw the word "scalpel" I thought "no I can't do that one" but I have the "Marvellous Squares " and wondered if one of those would fit inside I'll email you later

  7. Wow - wow - wow - one wow for each 'buckle' - luv this it is brilliant and like you! luv the colour combo xx GailT xx

  8. Morning John,
    My what a clever use of the die, a new twist on the buckle card. Lovely.

  9. Hi John, love the crisp look of the stamp and the teal & white combination really works x x x

  10. Really unusual, and such a clever bow. I can see this, in another colour scheme with slice off the bottom, making a christmas tree, wall hanging perhaps?
    Janice W

  11. Good morning John just beautiful I love the colour and the clever way you have used the stamp. Beryl xx

  12. Hi John,
    Beautiful card - and so clean that even males couldn't object (well, apart from the bow). I shall have to give this a go.
    HAGD, Rose

  13. Ohh, John, how did you know that buckle cards are one of my favs? I love them when Sue makes them too.

  14. Hi John,
    I love the style of this card and the teal colour is so rich. Absolutely beautiful.

    Love Sheila xx

  15. Very lovely card John, interesting use of the die. I must try this. I think it would look very pretty with a circle die as well.

  16. Hello John, a very classy card. The teal is stunning against the White .
    X Ros

  17. Wow John I am blown away by this card so rich and opulent and a beautiful style. Theresa (TOB) x

  18. beautiful card ,great colour combo .Laura O

  19. Wow Wow and Wow...what a fab card John so different!!!
    Love Janet
    from Wakefield

  20. Oh WOW, love this card, the colours are superb!! Now in even more of a quandry between New York and Scandinavian sets.........may have to get both, shh, don't tell anyone!!!!!!!!!!

  21. OH my goodness what a beautiful beautiful card, I adore the colour, and the teal bow looks amazing.
    Lynne x

  22. Hi John, This is such a beautiful card, I love Teal and White, the design is just brilliant thinking. This really is a WOW. Brenda

  23. Afternoon John, what a beautiful card good for either female or male. Carry on the good work so refreshing. Crafty Regards Julie Kay

  24. Wow, stunning.

    Thank you for sharing,

  25. Love seeing your creations each day, they are always so lovely. I do wish that you would post the finished size of your cards when you are finished. It would make it easier if one tried to replicate your project.

  26. A really lovely card and super colours you have used John thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
    Margaret corgi owner

  27. Hi John, a really amazing and unusual card, love the layout and the colours. Take care B

  28. Hi John
    This Card is truly Stunning I Love The Colour Combination
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs from Sam x

  29. Super idea and super card!

    Hugs Alice xx

  30. Hi John, my name is Eula. I just wanted you to know that this card was pinned on Pinterest and I followed the link to your blog. I was equally wowed and inspired by more and more of your creative and elegant boxes and cards, that I ended up spending 3 straight days looking through every one of your blog entries --all the way back to the very first! I'm not kidding, my jaw dropped open on some of them because I couldn't believe just how creative, yet sophisticated they were. Needless to say as a fellow card maker myself, I am inspired to "recreate" in my own version (but not exact versions) some of them. I hope that is OK with you. Actually I won't be able to do some of the better ones because I live in the US and Sue Wilson dies are very expensive over here --if you can find them. I can see how your tastes and ability have evolved over the life of the blog into beautiful commercially viable products. Please tell me that you do sell at least some of these creations (rather than just giving them all away). The fact that your boss asked you to make a creation for her and she can get all the cards she wants -and she's seen them all, should tell you just how good you are. Of course I subscribed to your blog, because I can't wait to see more of your stunning beauties.

  31. John, I went to the site Stamps to Die For, but I was led to a SU demonstrator. Didn't find the stamp you suggested for this layout. Any suggestions? This card by the way is spectacular!!! I have already ordered the dies to go with it.

  32. Fantastic card John, so glad I found you. Your work is absolutely stunning. Thank you - but you will cost me a lot of money trying to make some of these absolutely beautiful cards! Ha!!

  33. Hello John!
    I am the artist that designed the stamp you used...I love the work you did with it!!!!
    I also did the Sassy Girls and the Pet series, can't wait to see more designs from you, All the best,

    Alison Jerry

  34. I know this card was posted some time ago but wanted to let you know how beautiful I think it is.
    Stephanie K-USA

  35. This is such a elegant card and so simple. Thank you.

  36. Hi John what a wonderful card. Was just trolling in the ideas for a new type of card to do and this one just jumped out for me to see. I love love the colours you have used and I am now going to have a go at making one. My Mother in Law always likes to get a different type card for birthdays and Christmas and has kept every one I have made. Now at 91 she is in a rest home and likes to show of her cards to anyone that asks. I am sure she will love this one