Thursday 11 March 2021

Polished stone Technique challenge card 4


Good Thursday morning Ladies, 

I hope that you are well, thankfully I feel a hundred times better than I did last Thursday (after my vaccine). It probably took me until Sunday to feel more like myself.    

We had a little bit of a treat last night, as we were celebrating 34th Anniversary of the day we met. It has really gone so fast, I can hardly believe it's been so long, I can honestly say that I still get as excited to see him after he has been at work all day as I did back in those early days.  I know I have told you before but I first met Paul in Sainsbury's in Ipswich, he was and always will be my best shopping bargain find ever!! 😂

Today's card was created after I had a play with a new (to me) technique called 'Polished Stone', all you do is take Ink Pad re-inkers (I used three shades of SU green), you dot them onto a ball of cotton wool and then take a piece of glossy card and tap the inked cotton wool ball all over the glossy card, it gives a real mottled sort of look, like you are looking down onto a forest...

I will say that some of the little fibres from the cotton wool get stuck in the ink but that adds to the texture I think because I tried the same technique using a little make up style sponge and the effect was completely different, it barely had any texture at all. I guess the 'polished' part is the shine from the glossy card. Funny story, I didn't think I had any glossy card as its not something that I would normally use, so I had a rummage around and found a complete pack of glossy card, almost like photo size, I think that I ordered them about 10 years ago from Create and Craft after watching Barbara Gray demonstrate with them, they are Clarity ones, they came with some little sheets of acetate and some double sided adhesive sheets all the same size, I can't for the life of me remember the technique, I believe it involved Gilding flakes! It will come to me, probably at 3am next Tuesday! haha

So to create the card I took my 'Polished Stone' background and sat with it in my hand for about an hour and then remembered that I had ordered this stamp set.....

Now I am sure we have all done this but I bought this stamp set purely for the beautiful Fern Frond, I believe it's Maidenhair Fern but I may be wrong.  

I stamped the Fern Frond a few times in different shades of green and then picked two that compliment the background.  I die cut a a little topper using one of the dies that are in the matching die set to the stamps.  I popped some foam pads on the back of the die cut piece and twisted some Braided Linen thread around and finished with a bow.  I picked two of my fern fronds and added foam pads to the back of them and tucked them under the thread.  The sentiment is from the 'Art Gallery' stamp set that I used last week, I chose 'thinking of you' as I thought that this card would work for male or females and could easily be a 'Sympathy' card or a card for someone that is going through a tough time.

I have to say that I am really pleased with how it worked out, it really does pay to try new techniques sometimes.  I can do a little video if any of you want me to, it's sometimes easier to see it being done than understanding instructions. 

I hope that you all have as good a day as possible, the weather here has taken a turn for the worse making any garden activities difficult, so I will be spending the day experimenting in my craft room, I also need to pop to the Post Office to send some Happy Mail. 

Sending my love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra                                                                                                                                                          xxxxxx


  1. Morning Everyone
    A very pretty card this morning.

    I'm off out to the surgery for 08.15 this morning to have my bloods taken for my annual MOT.I had to send in my BP a couple of weeks ago. This will be my third outing since September and the third time a needle stuck into me. I like staying at home lol.

    The CAFE is OPen so pop in.
    HUGs on their wayto you all.PLEASE TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.xxxx

  2. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-gorgeous card, love the background. What an interesting technique. How you enjoyed your takeaway last night.

    The weather here is awful-winds over 50mph which were worse overnight. Luckily it’s not raining now. I’m planning to go to Tesco this morning then I’m not leaving the house. My plan is to spend my 2 days off in my craft room.


  3. Morning Ladies,

    Another gusty, rainy night it's certainly slowing up Pete's Stellata from flowering, although as I looked out of the window just now, at the very top of the Magnolia is a tiny flash of white peeking out of one bud.

    Having a go today at making the round box for Giorgina's Top Hat card to go into. I've double checked the instructions this time and cut out the all the pieces just before bedtime last night. I've still got some pieces of the 12x12 paper I used to decorate the hat for the box to match.

    However you are going to spend your Thursday, have fun and stay safe.

    love 7 hugs
    Cheryl xxx

  4. Beautiful card SANDRA and an interesting technique What a find! That glossy card! I hope you enjoyed Your celebratory evening I met my OH in a pub What does that tell you hee hee 🤣
    It is gale force winds here and bin day The rubbish has been collected but I can see bins strewn all across the road Thank goodness for working from home!
    Take care all xx

  5. Hi Sandra and ladies
    A very different technique Sandra. I believe I bought the same as you Sandra. Like yours it’s sitting unopened, we had awful windy last night & torrential rain. The wind was setting off people’s car alarms. It also brought the big tree down outside No 8. The trunk is currently across the path. The branches are in the gardens of No’s 6 & 8 and are over the car that's parked in No 6. I’m assuming it’s the Council’s responsibility to remove it.
    Take care and stay safe.

  6. Hi Sandra and ladies
    Lovely card Sandra and a fun technique used. Have not got any re-inkers but used other media ones (class with Julia) and it turned out ok. Hope you and Paul had a nice evening together,nice memories.
    Janet- hope your little trip out was ok and blood test went well.
    Michele- hope the trip to Tesco went well and you didn't blow away anywhere. Have some nice days off work.
    Pat- that's some wind that to break the trees. Hope the car at no 6 is fine
    Oh boy was it not windy last night and it is still but not as bad and sun trying to come out and then it's start raining again so walk again today. Hoping to do up some cc later. Best news today is that the flat in Stamford is SOLD. It's been tough of nearly 18 months for OH to deal with so a big relief.
    Have a good day everyone and big hugs for you all xx

  7. Hi everyone
    Beautiful card and love the polished stone technique. I’ve got some glossy card from Clarity too - don’t think it’s ever been used!
    Very wet and windy here today and overnight. One minute the suns out and blue skies, then the next minute we’ve got torrential rain!
    Hope you enjoyed your ‘anniversary’ evening 😊
    Mark and I have been together since school - we were 15 when we first started going out.
    Have a good evening. Sending hugs to you all xxx

    1. Snap Sonia. Chris and I started going out when I was 15 too 🥰

  8. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. Both yesterday’s and today’s cards are beautiful using two really different backgrounds to inspire us. You are doing so well with your weight lose and it must be so frustrating not being able to do what you want but anything that gets your heart rate up ( but not that much in your case please) will be good. I do 10/12 minutes a day at the moment when I able to on my little exercise machine. I will send a photo as it may be good for you too. I do feel sorry for Gem as she really misses going to the specialist weight lifting gym that she normally uses at least 4 times a week as she loves both the physical and mental exercise it gives her. Keep doing whatever you can and don’t be hard on yourself about what you physically can’t do but try think of the things you can do instead my lovely xx
    Maria, what a weight off of both you and R’s shoulders with the sale of the flat. A belated anniversary present for you both. You both do well with your daily walks don’t you xx
    It was such a stormy night last night and it is still bowing really hard with rain too now. Let’s hope the saying about March coming in like a lion goes out like a lamb turns out to be true.
    Sending love and hugs to you all with extras for Lynda, Mum and all in need. Take care xx