Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Iris by Tracy Evans

Hello Friends

I hope you are all still staying safe and well.  I have lost count of the number of weeks I have been cocooned in lock down, but I know it is for the best.  My lovely and talented friend Tracy Evans has been doing a series of Facebook Live sessions and also doing some closed Facebook classes, all of which have been keeping many of us busy as well as entertained.

Edited:  How wonderful to wake up today to find that the incredible Captain Tom Moore is to receive a Knighthood for his efforts in raising over 30 million pounds for our NHS.  Well done to Boris Johnson for nominating him and to the Queen for recognising such a wonderful achievement by a 100 year old man!  Congratulations Captain Tom!

Tracy's newest release of stamps for AALL & Create includes a gorgeous Iris stamp set (#333) and I have become slightly addicted to using it.  After doing a little research into colours of Iris, I used it for my Guest designer project for AALL & Create this week.
For the card on the left, I started by creating a background, brayering paint onto my Gel plate and then adding a layer with the Totally Dotty stencil (#87) in a contrasting colour.  Once dry I stamped the Iris where I wanted it to be on the background.

I stamped the Iris several times onto mixed media card and coloured it with Polychromo pencils, just as a change from watercolour pencils.  My plan was to decoupage the Iris to give it some dimension.

I fussy cut the Iris, shaped the petals and layered it together with 3D glue.
I cut the card down, then mat and layered it onto my card base.  I stamped the '829' and the sentiment from the same stamp set.
I made the second card in a similar way, brayering the background with paint and adding a touch of stencilling using the Broken Circles stencil (67).  The Iris was again stamped, coloured, fussy cut and layered up to give dimension to the flower heads.
I simply lengthened the stem on the second flower  and again added some stamping from the Iris set.
I ended up making 3 more cards but I will save those for another day!

A full list of worldwide stockists for the stamps and stencils I used can be found HERE.

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate it.  Take care and stay safe.

Hugs, Anne xxx


  1. Hi Anne, these are beautiful and the colours are fantastic. It makes me think of the Irises I have now and the ones I used to have too .

    So lovely to see the Iris coloured .


  2. These cards are stunning Anne! That Iris stamp is so gorgeous and I love the colours and the designs. Fabulous makes! hugs xx

  3. Fantastic Anne, the Iris is such a lovely flower and I love the way you have coloured it. The cards are wonderful, and inspiring. Axxx

  4. What beautiful cards Anne! You have really let the stamp shine through with these stunning backgrounds. It really is good news about Captain Tom isn't it, how his life has changed in the last couple of months! Take care and have a happy week, Sue xx

  5. What a fabulous start to my day Anne you have shown just how beautiful this stamp set is, set against your tremendous backgrounds I love the contrast of colours used to display them and how you fussy cut and layered them. I spent a lovely day yesterday in the garden with this pretty Iris so relaxing. I know this new set from Tracy will be one of my go to's and now I think I need that broken circles stencil too (sigh..!) Thanks so much for sharing Anne i'll be thinking of this during my busy day today..
    Stay safe & take care hugs Tracey xx
    P.S Hoorah for SIR Tom..!!

  6. You could color these gorgeous irises any color you wanted, Annie, and they would look sublime! I love both designs and every detail and I imagine the 3-Dness is much more impressive in person! Hope you are keeping well and I'm glad you have videos to keep you distracted and entertained!! Love, Darnell xxoo

  7. Glad to read you are still well and occupying yourself in lockdown. The iris stamp is gorgeous and you've coloured it beautifully. Take care. Elaine x

  8. These are so gorgeous! Love the colours you chose for both and your backgrounds are fabulous too! My Grandma used to have Iris's in her garden so you sent me straight down memory lane, thankyou! Take care, stay safe and hugs my friend. xxxxx

  9. Wonderful irises - I love how the matting and layering gives them such dimension and presence. Gorgeous!
    Alison x


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