Good Idea Card by Corina Finley

Hello & Happy Friday!

Corina here with you today, to share with you a card background that I created using Watercolour paper, Distress Inks and a Cheery Lynn Design Embossing Plate.

I absolutely love to create texture and depth on my cards.  This is a technique that I had fun doing and there are so many possibilities. Try a variety of Cheery Lynn Embossing Plates with different colour combinations -the skies the limit!

I used the mini Distress inks for the convenience of the smaller pad. I could apply the inks directly to small sections of the Old Brick Embossing plate.

I then spritzed my Watercolour paper and my inked Embossing plate with water. I applied the Watercolour paper spritzed side down, on top of the inked embossing plate. I then ran it through my Die Cut machine on the appropriate settings for normal embossing. 

If you place a piece of paper towel under your Embossing plate while you emboss with your Die cut machine, it will soak up your excess water and you will have less mess to clean!

As you can see from the picture above, the embossed Old Brick shows up great!

I wanted a more dramatic look so I gently rubbed my Fired Brick Distress Ink over only the top embossed layer. I then spritzed with water to blend the Distress Inks.

I then repeated this last step with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Above is a close up of the texture these steps created! Love it!

The card was made up from a variety of Cheery Lynn Dies. I created a Sweet William flower to bring the background colour to the forefront. I added silver paint to the music notes, gears and key to tie in my embossed stamped sentiment.

I also would like to point out the Border of Circle cut outs on the bottom of my card. That is from the New Release Deutschland Border Set. This border strip die cuts the small circles and also perforates a line of dots, above and below the circles for wonderful detail!

Dies Used:

Sweet Williams - D137

I hope you will play along in our weekly Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 169 - Anything Goes. You could win a $20 shopping spree at the online Cheery Lynn Design Store.

Thanks for joining me today!

Take care,

Corina Finley
Live, Laugh & Create


  1. What a beautiful card Corina. Your background is absolutely stunning .

  2. Your card is gorgeous. I love the distressed background you created and the other colors you used on it as well. This created a fabulous look!

  3. What a gorgeous background! Very stunning card!


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