Marbled Stamp.

My two latest cards have something in common despite looking totally different - the Marbled stamp.
Rather a large stamp but so useful!
Here on the first card which I recently sent to Lucy (hope she had a fab day!), I've used it to make a vibrant card where the stamp almost covers the entire background.

Stamped in tangerine tango it is very bright and vibrant indeed! To counteract some of this I've used black card stock which I've die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits then layered them. This has been topped by a large happy birthday sentiment which is die cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlet.
To make the sentiment 'pop' I've coated it with a layer of fine tip glue which, when dry, creates a glossy finish, as you can see in the close up below ....

The second card is the one we made today at our Coffee and Card session in Costa. I hold these events twice a month, so roughly fortnightly.
Again I have used the Marbled stamp but this time to create a border or panel down one side.

The base card and ink are both in the retired colour, Lost Lagoon. This is quite simply because I felt it was the right colour to use on this card. The shell stamps are from So Many Shells are stamped with the 2 step stamping method, in powder pink and sahara sand ink. the ribbon is powder pink. the sentiment is from the same set. We fussy cut the shells then used the stylus from the score board on the reverse to make part of the shell image raised.
Two very different cards - what do you think? Do you prefer one to the other? they're certainly different.
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Happy crafting,
Lesley x