Monday 12 June 2017

Scrapcosy radishes

Hi It's Brenda with you again today and I'm sharing a card made with those gorgeous images from Scrapcosy at PaperArtsy and her vegetable set. 

You may remember my cabbage one I made a little while ago and this is the radish design which I love. Here is the whole set.

I began by stamping the radishes on card using four different archival inks (colours below). I love doing this but I'm very careful where I place the ink pads and always work from the lightest to the darkest to help prevent contamination. I wanted the radishes to look a bit more earthy than they were so I painted in some aged mahogany and ground espresso distress inks and shabby shutters over the leaves.

But once I'd done that I thought it would look better if I added some extra radishes over the top to create dimension so I stamped them twice more and later repeated the aging process on them. 

I then spent a happy hour playing with two PaperArtsy infusions - Magenta and The sage and here are the beetroot coloured fingers to prove it (or should I say radish coloured?). I was using the technique I showed you back in January and because I was working with a text stencil rather than a patterned one I started on the reverse side first. Pop over to the January post to see what I mean.

These are the results of the infusion playtime and you can see there were quite significant differences depending how much powder I used, how much water and whether I dried them with a heat gun or rolled paper towel over them to soak off the excess.

As I started to put the card together I decided I needed some greenery in it and the gorgeous new scroll die from Tim Holtz had dropped through my letterbox that morning. I thought it would be ideal as to me the two scroll designs look like vintage leaf stems and needing a quick background for them I simply rubbed four green distress inks over it but bear in mind my pads are getting rather old and dry so there wasn't too much ink to soak into the card and it needed quite a bit of rubbing and blending to get it covered. (See colours in the product list below).

But it worked, after I had cut them I blended forest moss around the edges.

I knew I needed some appropriate words so I delved into my boxes of stamps and found a set from the lovely Lin Brown with this phrase on. It is perfect stamped in aged mahogany.

Whilst I was placing elements I kept thinking that this really wasn't working - and then brainwave, I picked up the blending tool that I had just used with the forest moss and rubbed it gently over all the white spaces and around the edges and eh voila it transformed the background immediately and made it look more vintage. Now I was much happier with it and the colors complement the image really well.

At last I had adhered everything on - you can see the dimension created by foam pads with the additional radishes .....

... and the word vegetables from the stencil showed through just in the right place to form part of the design

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like this vintage card.

hugs Brenda xxx


  1. Very nice card Brenda! I like the style. Love that background!

  2. What wonderful techniques you used on this earthy creation Brenda! Love the dimension of the beets and that wonderful stenciled background!

  3. This is fabulous Brenda. Great technique

  4. Brilliant dear Brenda! A fabulous card and it's great to see the results of your Infusions playtime!

  5. lol that's what my fingers always look like these days . Love your radishes the colour you achieved is fantastic. Lovely piece Brenda. Hope,you are well. Tracy x

  6. That card is so reminiscent of the old seed packets you find the following year that have gotten wet and faded in the greenhouse!!! Now wishing I hadn't thrown them away XXX

  7. Oh wow Brenda, your background is stunning and those radishes look amazing the way you have layered them! I can tell how much fun you had by the colour of your fingers - lol! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Love the distressed inky background! This really shows off those yummy radishes! Looks like you are having a great time getting inky! Inspiring! Hugs!

  9. Love your vintage card, wish I could get mine to look so good.