Monday, April 7, 2014

SPS Shikoba by Charmaine Flannery

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I have opted to use the digi Shikoba by Charmaine Flannery.  I love American Indian themes and dream catchers too so in this card I was in my element, what a stunningly beautiful digi to work with :) :)

I make a lot of my own digital backing papers for my cards, although the paper quality of most bought backing papers is far superior to my 120gms weight I print on I find I buy packs of papers and many don't get used. Last week I could not find a spotty paper in the colour I wanted so tried something I had seen a few folks do - use ink in an embossing folder to create a textured background with two or more colours.  For this card I have done the same thing but tried with three different colours.
Here is the finished paper where I have gone over it again with the same three colours to shade the embossed bits too.
Next I printed two copies of the digi and fussy cut one to use as a mask.  I then used the same ink pads as were used for the backing paper and blotched them around.
Now to start colouring the digi with Promarkers
And here she is completed.  I then cut the digi with Spellbinders Grand Scallop Ovals
The dreamcatcher die is by Cherry Lyn.  I planned to use one completed die and only the circular section of the others.  They were all cut using copper metallic card and then airbrushed with two colours of Promarkers.
Oh I do love lace on cards so here I have just applied white lace to one corner, trying not to make it to obvious but just adding a different texture.
Now the dies are dry, time to put the main one together.  A gem brad was added to the centre and a few drops of Cinnamon Stickles which I also added to the coloured digi.
And here is the completed card.

  • Digi - Shikoba by Charmaine Flannery
  • Promarkers
  • Die -  Cherry Lyn - Dreamcatcher, Spellbinders Grand Scallop Ovals
  • Embossing Folder - Embossilicious
  • Stickles, lace and brads
Challenges entered


  1. Ooooh Jane - this is wonderful and I love how you have explained everything. The colours are just meant to go together and the image is amazing. I love this creation.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

  2. wow this is stunning! thanks for joining us on the That's Crafty challenge!

  3. Oh wow Treasure .....what a calm, mystical setting you have created for this stunning card. The subtly shaded embossed background gives so much atmosphere and I love the softness of the inking surrounding the beautiful image.

    Your dreamcatchers, perfect to complement the theme of this card and they have certainly caught my dream for a calm and peaceful day. This card has really moved me Treasure ....You have certainly conveyed your love and respect for American Indian culture and wisdom through this creation. A very special card.

    All my love xxx ♥ ♥ ♥

  4. This is so stunning!! I really love that dreamcatcher die!! That is beautiful!! And I love how you colored everything. So much to see!! GORGEOUS!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}

  5. This is awesome! I love how you showed us step-by-step how you created this beautiful card! Awesome! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week xoxox

  6. Oh I just love this, the embossed background is perfect!

    Thank you for sharing with us at My Time To Craft this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  7. This is absolutely magnificent, Mimi! What a lot of work went into this. Love that dreamcatcher die. We're so honored that you chose to play along with us in our "Animal Antics" challenge this fortnight. Good luck in the draw. :-D
    NanaConnie DT

  8. Ooops, should have said that's my Open-Minded Crafting Fun DT hat! :-D

  9. Wonderful card! Fantastic detail! Thank you for sharing with us at Open Minded Crafting Fun, Amy A.,DT

  10. This is totally gorgeous! Love the die cuts you have used they are just perfect with this image. The backing paper is just out of this world gorgeous.

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky.

  11. A gorgeous card, great details, thanks for playing with us at the Squirrel and the Fox, blessings Hilde

  12. what a great card, love the background, thanks for joining us at SCH

  13. oh wowser such a gorgeous and inspiring project

    thank you so much for entering the Animal Magic Challenge over at Polkadoodles

    Hugs Kerrie
    Polkadoodles Dt x

  14. So stunning - the coloring is fabulous and so are the added elements. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  15. This is stunning, thank you for sharing the tutorial!
    Thank you so much for joining us for our Dies and Punches Challenge at Crafting for All Seasons,

    Milnie DT

  16. Adorable card and really fits beautifully with our "Animal magic" theme over at Polka Doodle Challenges ( Lou x

  17. Stunning! I wouldn't never guess that you have used dies, looks so real, like a metal charms. such a gorgeous design.
    Hugs Nat

  18. Gorgeous work! Those dream catchers do look like metal. Great job. I got the dies in today. I hope that I use them soon. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I love all of your little pieces of art!


Thank you for taking the time to comment, it means a great deal to me. Hoping you have happy crafting days ahead. Hugs Mimi