Finished card

Finished card

This is my entry for the Michael Strong Sketch 52 for March and also for his Green Challenge.

Mike ‘challenged’ us: “You may make any kind of card you want as long as the predominant colour is green. To add to the “green-ness”, you must also include some recycled element“.

Focal Image

From my stash I unearthed this postcard I’d picked up from somewhere because I liked the image of the dark forest on the front. I die-cut a scalloped oval from that and then stamped the small hearts with versamark ink. I dusted them with moonglow powder and then set that with a blast of hair spray.

Sketch 52

Sketch 52

I picked this up somewhere 'cos I liked the image on the front


I forgot to photograph it before cutting


Stamped after die-cutting


Showing the powder I used


It's a gorgeous colour


Base Card

I had intended to use this as a Christmas Card last year but didn’t need it in the end so I’ve re-cycled it here as the base for my card. The front half of the card has been embossed with a folder and coloured with various green inks. Then I found a demonstration card I’d made for the W.I. when I showed them how to do Encaustic Art. This is mainly green so I decided it would make a good layer. It is adhered to a magazine page which is a dark green hillside image. I trimmed this down using my Perfect Layers to make a nice border.

A discarded Christmas card


An old sample I'd made for a demonstration years ago


The Band

I had saved this birthday card thinking I might use the floral image sometime – instead I used a couple of strips of the green to make the band. I’ve stamped the small heart along both pieces, coloured the edges with a ProMarker and also used the same pen to colour the narrow band. I dug out my ‘green’ box (I have all my embellishments sorted by colour – took me forever to do but worth it now!) and chose the square snaps. I didn’t quite like the colour so I used a dark green ProMarker to tone it down a bit.

One that someone sent to me in January

Birthday card

Oooh, what to choose

My green box

Didn't like the colour of the snaps


The strips from the birthday card


To give a bit of dimension

3D foam dots

Close up

Close up

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