Tattered Florals Card and Take Ten Magazine

Greeting card with Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Sizzix die (Marjie Kemper)I made this card using Distress Inks and stencils, the Sizzix Tattered Florals die, and a Studio 490 sentiment stamp. I wanted to use one of Wendy Vecchi’s new stencils and I chose the Fresh Flowers stencil. You get six shapes on the single stencil ~ three different flowers and three styles of stem.  Kim has all of Wendy’s stencils in stock at Eclectic Paperie, including the new Brick Wall one that’s on my wish list. (Santa has received a long wish list!)

The large black flower is dry embossed, the center one is heat embossed, and the small one on top is both dry and heat embossed. After stamping and dry embossing, I pressed the flowers into my Versamark pad and embossed with clear powder.

I used spare chipboard pieces as spacers between the flowers to raise them up for added dimension. I also used Glass Bead Gel for the stem, which adds some really nice texture.  After the gel had set overnight, I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in a Water Brush to color the stem further.  The color soaked into the bead gel very nicely.


Love the way you can see the Glass Bead Gel but also see through it to the stenciling below. Last step was to dip the edges in Versamark and heat emboss them before mounting the panel to the black card. I’ll enter this at Fashionable Stamping Challenges for their ‘To Die For’ challenge, the Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group challenge, and Creative Every Day. I’d also like to share a card that was published in the Winter 2013 issue of Take Ten:


It has little stamping and plain cardstock, so it hardly feels like my style, but I made it for a Washi Tape challenge they had last spring. You have to submit so far ahead that sometimes it’s nearly a year’s wait to see if they accepted your submission.

Have you seen who’s on the cover of this issue?  My dear friend, Lynne Moncrieff, who I know many of you hold dear as well.  Lynne does such intricate stamping and just gobsmackingly gorgeous work with lace.  Besides being the cover girl of this issue, Lynne has loads of gorgeous work featured inside as well. Check out her blog if you aren’t already following… you’ll be in for a real treat.

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


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  2. Oooo, great card! And congrats on the Take Ten submission being published. I probably wouldn’t have recognized it as yours, but that just shows your versatility – right on!

  3. Gorgeous card, and I always love your use of color!

  4. I am looking at this beauty and reading about it, while thinking there is no way this took 10!!! Ha! Congratulations and how gorgeous this is! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!

  5. Well you knew I was so excited to see you published. It is such a thrill to be published but I soon discovered that to see a friend’s artwork in the same publication doubles the thrill (my other dear from Darlene was also published so does that make it a triple thrill?!)
    You are so encouraging and generous with your ongoing support and this post proves it.
    At the moment I am sure my blushes can be viewed from space LOL.

  6. Marjie
    Beautiful use of a die cut and WOW I love glass bead gel and was so excited to see you use it. It is an amazing product and I know that through you more people will discover it and begin to love it as much as you and I.
    Thank You for sharing this “so Marjie” card with us at FSC this fortnight.
    P.S. I will be back soon!

  7. This is such a wonderful card Marjie, your incredible combination of colours are magnificent and the flower is a masterpiece. Great use of dies and perfect for the challenge at FSC, thanks for sharing it with us and congrats too for being published again.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  8. The flower is amazing -love the individual effects combined and the gel stem is very cool!

  9. These are great! Love how the black pops the top flower layer! Congrats on the magazine! You’ve been one busy lady!

  10. Congratulations Marjie, I love the card, the colours you’ve used, beautiful flower and gorgeous texture in the glass bead gel in the stem, this is my first time seeing this gel, very cool!

  11. That flower is full of beautiful texture! So simple yet so elegant!

  12. How stunning Marjie – this is so striking!! Beautiful colours!!!

  13. sandyking@shaw.ca says:

    Love your work…!!

  14. Very Striking card Marjie. And Congrats on the Take Ten, Well done. Beautiful work as always….
    Hugs Vada

  15. Wonderful creations ~ stunning work is right ~ Love the glass bead gel effect ~
    ~ (A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^

  16. Congrats on being on TakeTen, Marjie, well done!
    I love your card, you are a master at making very stunning backgrounds.
    I have at home that cristal stuff…never never used 🙁

  17. Just gorgeous! And congratulations on being published!

  18. Congrats, Marjie! Beautiful work!!

  19. Hey Marjie.. congrats on Take Ten.. no doubt you got in.. such marvelous work. You’ve established such a style of your own.

  20. Oooh how marvellous Marjie, its only fitting that you and Lynnes work is published, you are both so freaken awesome! I love the way you layer your work Marjie, it all looks like they’ve belonged there for years. I love how you do that. It makes it really interesting to look at. Michelle xx

  21. Hi Marjie, where do I begin? You already know how much I love your colour combos and this one is fabulous, love the gorgeous flower too and that glass bead gel sounds really interesting, not sure I have seen that before but looks amazing on this piece. I love how you can still see the image underneath. I don’t have many stencils but I do have Wendy’s brick wall and you will love that one when Santa brings you one.
    How wonderful for you AND Lynne being published in the same magazine. I love Lynne’s work too, with all that gorgeous lace. Many congratulations and so well deserved, you may have changed your style since but your published card is still very you.
    Hugs, Anne xx

  22. Gorgeous artwork Marjie, I love the bead gel stem!
    Congrats on being published, must get hold of a copy, I adore Lynne’s art too!
    Alison x

  23. Congrats on being published! That is simply GORGEOUS! The flower, the embossing, the background the colors…simply beautiful! Thanx so much for sharing I really LOVE your creations.

  24. Love that card Marjie! Wow, not seen the glass bead gel before – love that you can still see the background detail through it. Thanks for so many close ups as it really makes seeing the beautiful details easier. Well done on being published (totally agree about Lynne’s talents). Just letting you know I’ve just seen your glass ornaments tutorial too and it is fabulous and so informative. Thanks for sharing your brilliant skill and knowledge. Hugs, Jenny x

  25. Congratulations Marjie thats great news. Loving your card with its awesome background. Hugs Annette x

  26. Congrats on your publication!!! AWESOME! Your card above is fabulous Marjie…all the ink layers are so wonderful! That bead gel is perfect!!!

  27. Fantabulous…all the way around!

  28. Congrats on being published 🙂 Wonderful cards.
    Your tattered floral card looks fabulous, love the dimension of the flower and the use of the Glass Bead Gel.

  29. Marjii I have no words for it. Amazing that colors and the flower. Super work. Very cool. Love it.
    lovely greet

  30. Very cool Marjie! Love that stem, will have to check out the glass bead gel! Very cool! Thanks for joining the challenge, and I know Wendy will love this!

  31. just growing that publication base 🙂
    demonstrates your ability to work in multiple styles -congrats

  32. Beautiful card, Marjie! I absolutely love this flower! Congrats on your publishing!

  33. Gorgeous card with wonderful, fresh colours! Hugs, Valerie

  34. Absolutely beautiful! I loveeeeeeeee the colors and that flower!! And huge congrats on the pub!!!

  35. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    Yay, you! I love it when your beautiful work is acknowledged! The card is stunning. I love that the flower looks like glass…so cool. And a great background. Thanks for the tip about Lynne. I shall check her out. Cheerio!

  36. Love the glass bead gel doe that flower stem. And the dimensional flower works so well. You love your moody blues…..congrats on being published again! You go girl. xox

  37. Lynn Stevens says:

    Marjie, Your use of color still amazes me! Stunning. I would love to take lessons from you sometime!
    Congrats on being published again, Well deserved! your in good company with Lynne’s beautiful creations too.
    Hugs Lynn