Dark Damask Card


Wahoo it is Friday and today I am sharing a card that I have been holding onto for awhile. I didn’t really do it on purpose it was just one that sat in my studio, unfinished for awhile. Well,  no more here is it in all it’s glory; dark Damask.  I think that it is no secret that I adore damask in my card making and really in all things. I might actually use in every card if I wasn’t worried that you all might get bored with it. Dark Damask-1

Two of my favorite pieces of this card are; the iridescent violet embossing powder and the top garden rose which I watercolored. It just has a neat matte look to it and I really like the two different colors.

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I knew that I wanted to create a grey. black and purple card with a wallpaper feel to it. I started by stamping my background on a piece of grey cardstock knowing that I was going to cut it apart later. I stamped the black damask shape using VersaMark and heat embossing with Black Embossing Powder from Ranger.

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Then I began to layer up the background. I used Ornaments from BoBunny, Papillon from Stampers Anonymous, French Foliage and Gorgeous Grunge from Stampin’ Up, and Bella Brush from Fancy Pants Designs. I used a variety of inks; VersaMark, Hickory Smoke and Weathered Wood Distress Inks.  I allowed my background to dry overnight so I could stamp the flourish from the Pollen Dust set by Fancy Pants Designs on the left-hand side using VersaMark and the Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. This powder is awesome and is very iridescent. I was glad the lighting was good when I photographed it. When I create a background like this I just keep working and adding things as I go along.

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I distress my edges using Broken China, Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Inks. I then cut my background into somewhat equal strips and the distressed those edges with the Hickory Smoke and Black Soot. I then did a little physical distressing with my Edge Distresser. I really wanted my wallpaper to be peeling off.

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At this stage I went ahead and adhered my stamped panels to a piece of 7 1/4″x 5 1/4″ black cardstock. I then die cut the damask border using my Epic 6. This is a retired die from QuicKutz. I used black cardstock and used VersaMark and Black embossing Powder to give it the shiny finish.

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Next, I created the sentiment label. I cut out one shape in white cardstock and one in gray. I repeated my damask flourish shape; this time in Hickory Smoke. Once I allowed that to dry, I stamped my sentiment from Think Big Favorites #3 from Papertrey Ink using VersaMark and then heat emboss with my Ranger Black Embossing Powder. I added a little Black Soot Ink to my gray label and then adhered the newly stamped sentiment on top. I used foam tape to layer this over my damask die cut. I added two adhesive pearls from Kaiser to complete the label.

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Now on to my roses! I started with my gray rose. You can see my tutorial on this process here. These are created using the McGill Paper Blossoms punches and shaped with the McGill Tools.  I wanted something that was at least a little realistic so I did an internet search and found this page with grey roses. To create the two tone look I used watercolor paints on the petals before I shaped them.

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The large purple rose was created in the same way but instead of watercolor I used Wilted Violet Distress Ink on the edges. I also created the tiny light lavender flower using my McGill Punches.  These were assembled and adhered using hot glue.

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Whew – I think that is it. I am certain to have forgotten some step somewhere along the way but I really tried to remember everything.


Stamps: Ornaments – Bo Bunny, Papillon – Stampers Anonymous, French Foliage & Gorgeous Grunge – Stampin’ Up, Pollen Dust & Bella Brush – Fancy Pants Designs, Flourish/Damask Shape – Hampton Art, Think Big Favorite #3 – Papertrey Ink

Ink: VeraMark – Tsukineko, Tuxedo Black – Memento, Broken China, Black Soot, Weathered Wood & Hickory Smoke Distress Inks – Ranger

Dies: Damask Border – QuicKutz, Label 4 – Spellbinders

Other: Black Embossing Powder, Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder – My Sentiments Exactly!, Adhesive Pearls – Kaiser Scrapbook, Watercolors – Artists Loft

I hope that you are all enjoying today and have a wonderful weekend!



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