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Bold Line Botanicals with Claire


Hello there happy crafties!


Hope you are all keeping warm, this cold and wet January. You may have seen on my social media pages, I have a new fur baby helping to keep me warm this winter - 'Horse' the rescue Dog! He is so much fun and like a giant hot water bottle when he comes to cuddle on the sofa in the evenings.


A cold, damp day is also the perfect tim to do some crafting, of course! This week I am going to show you how to make a really useful, yet beautiful card that can be used for any occasion and uses the absolute bare minimum of stamping supplies. Hurrah!


The simple technique I’ve used here, turns delicate looking stamps, into bolder looking blooms with loads of impact. It’s really simple, I have just used a black alcohol pen to trace round the stamped florals to thicken the lines before colouring with deep, strong colours. Boom! Quick and fun, this gives a more daring feel than my usual, go to delicate cards. It can also work with so many different stamp types to get a different look from items you already have in your stash. Here’s how to do it:


You will need:


8” x 8” Square white card blank 


Black card stock 7.5” x 7.5”

White card stock 7.25” x 7.25”

Thirsty Brush & Co ‘Hello Halo’ stamp set 

Momento ink pad in Black Tuxedo

3 alcohol pens (one black and two other dark colours of your choice - I have used dark green and a park purple here)

Scrap of vellum

Tape pen or wet glue

Acrylic block


  1. 1. Choose two or three floral or foliage stamps from the stamp set and randomly stamp all over the piece of white card stock
  2. 2. Use the black pen to trace the stamped lines, making them look thicker
  3. 3. Colour in the images with your pens
  4. 4. Stamp a sentiment to fit the occasion, multiple times on a strip of vellum 
  5. 5. Matt and layer the black card stock and finished white card stock onto the card blank
  6. 6. Use a tape pen or clear glue to add the sentiment strip to the card

Super simple and super effective botanical card in a flash! Kinda reminds me of a bone china pattern you might find in a cool vintage market, don't you think?

Thanks for reading! Claire x


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