Tuesday 3 May 2016

Clearly Besotted May Release - Just The Two of Us & To You With Love (Guest Designer!)

Hi there

I'm back today to share some more teasers of the fabulous Clearly Besotted May Release.  All the sets in this month's release will be available to buy from the Clearly Besotted store on 5 May at 10pm BST.  Over at Stephanie's blog you will find links to the Design Team and other guest designers who are also sharing more teasers.

Today I'm sharing cards made with two more sets, Just the Two of Us and To You With Love.

Just the Two of Us
This set has adorable images of parent and baby animals, with co-ordinating sentiments, ideal for Mother's Day and Father's Day.

I opted for the cute little panda pairing for this card which I stamped and masked.  I also masked before ink blending the grass, then swapped the mask around to blend the sky.  With these masks still in place I stamped the bamboo from CB It's a Celebration set (limited edition - now discontinued) and used second generation stamping to stamp again alongside.  I finished by stamping the sentiment and adhering to the card base on 3D foam, and some Glossy Accents was added to the pandas' eyes.

Materials used:

  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Just the Two of Us and It's a Celebration (discontinued)
  • Ink: Versafine - Onyx Black; Versa Color - Green Tea; Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn
  • Accents: Glossy Accents

Challenge entries:

Retro Sketches - Challenge #213 
Penny Black and More - May Challenge - Anything Goes with Stamping
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge #423 - No Patterned Papers
Crafty Creations - Challenge #314 - Black and White and a Pop of Colour
Dream Valley - Challenge #130 - All Creatures Great and Small

To You With Love
This mini set has a gorgeous floral image and sentiments.

I wanted to have a go at the Distress Ink Lifting / Watercolour Bleaching technique with this gorgeous stamp.  And I chose an usual colour of Distress Ink which I've never used before, Iced Spruce.  I really liked this when I first made it, but now I'm not so sure.  I would love to know your opinion as I'm still very much on the fence with this one!

I started by stamping the image and sentiment in VersaMark ink and heat embossing in white.  I then blended the Distress Ink up from the bottom corner gradually fading it out diagonally.  The next part is where the magic happens.  Armed with water, a small paint brush and a paper towel I painted water onto the petals, left for a few seconds and then blotted with the paper towel.  The colour then lifts away revealing a paler shade.  I believe this only works with Distress Inks.  To add a little interest I finished by adding some splatters of a mix of mica powder and water, to add some shimmer, seen much more clearly in the next photo.

Materials used:
  • Stamps: Clearly Besotted - To You With Love
  • Ink: VersaMark; Distress Ink - Iced Spruce
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Opaque Bright White
  • Mica Powder: Honey Doo Crafts - White Opal

Challenge entry:

Fantasy Stampers - Challenge #61 - Monochrome

Thanks so much for popping by.  I'll be back with more CBS release teasers tomorrow morning.


  1. The first card is SO CUTEEEEEE!! ANd the second one ie beautiful!! :)
    Suchi xx

  2. I do love pandas! Your card is perfect - love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More this month.
    Lynn x

  3. Really delicate second card- works so well with the muted colour. I LOVE the first one- sad the set is discontinued as I was going to have to get it to go with the set!! X

  4. These are amazing, Anita. I love them both xx

  5. Wow both of these are wonderful. The top one is so cute and I love it as a fathers day card and your second one, colour bleaching. A technique I have still to try, just amazing.

  6. My heart melted when I saw your "World's Best Dad" card :-)

  7. Beautifully made cards, your are such a great cardmaker, Jo x

  8. Two wonderful cards Anita x

  9. I really like the color...what a fun technique you used!

  10. Love the clean and simple design, so beautiful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Penny Black and More!

  11. Just so adorable...love those sweet bears.

  12. OMG!!! Those pandas are amazing!!!! Love your cards 😍

  13. Beautiful cards, Anita! You are doing a great job as a teasing Guest Designer! That "awwwwwwwwww" panda bear and baby card is beyond adorable!! Hugs, Darnell

  14. Beautiful cards Anita and those Panda's are just so sweet, many thanks for joining us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    I have some Tattered Lace candy here

    B x

  15. Lovely technique Anita, the flower looks fab done like that, kinda lacey!
    Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Fantasy Stampers. :)

  16. Fab Cards.....love that cute Panda tooo much..Thanks you so much for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenges..

  17. I love your pandas, Anita - so super cute; thanks for sharing the ink lifting magic - I'll give that a try.

  18. Great card - it's so elegant and the technique sounds great too.

    Thanks for joining us at Fantasy Stampers.

    Helen x

  19. I love the colour of the flowers, it is very elegant and super monochrome combo. I too have that DI colour and it does take getting used to but you have done a great job with it. Honestly, I love your card and I am sure that if you put it away and came back to it after a while you will love it too! The pandas are brilliantly stamped, beautifully designed and yes, cute! Bravo!

  20. Lovely cards, the panda stamp is just adorable.
    Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More May challenge and good luck x Susan x


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