Lily Bug Love – Inky Backgrounds

Afternoon, sharing the last of the samples I made for the launch of the Lily Bug Love collection, from Polkadoodles, on Create and Craft TV, yesterday. If you missed the show you can see it online here, lots of inspiration from Nikky Hall and the Polkadoodles design team.




Step by Step

1. Using a graphics program, I use My Craft Studio, sized the mushrooms, quote and ladybird, from the Lily Bug Love collection, to fit the tag I would be creating.

2. Once printed I coloured the mushrooms and ladybirds with Copics pens, fussy cutting out the elements.

3. Using fluid acrylic ink sprays, I sprayed a piece of watercolour card to create the background.

4. Cut the watercolour card to the tag shaped and edged with blue Memento ink to define the edges.

5. Used a Copic Multi Liner black pen to create the faux stitching around the edge of the tag.

6. Used a Memento ink pads to colour the quote and snipped the individual words.

7. Used Deco Art Matte Medium to adhere the mushrooms, ladybird and quote.

8. Used Graph-it shaker pens, white, silver & gold, to add dots to the tag.

9. Used Faber Castell Pitt Pens around the edges of the mushrooms, ladybird & quote to make them pop a little more. I also grounded the mushrooms using the FC Pitt Pens too.

10. Matted the tag onto black cardstock and trimmed, punching a hole at the top of the tag.

11. Used cream 3D liquid pearls on the mushrooms, to add a little more texture.


I’ll be entering the following challenges 

Addicted to Stamps & more – Challenge #182 Make Your Mark 

Inspiration Destination – Challenge 74 STG  

We Love 2 Create – Challenge #4 Mixed Media/ATG

 World Wide Open Design Team challenge #8




Step By Step

1. I used a little canvas board, 5 x7″, and primed with cream acrylic paint (couldn’t find my gesso!!!)

2. Once the paint was dry I sprayed with fluid acrylic inks and left to dry.

3. I used a graphics program to size the elements I choosen from the Lily Bug Love collection to fit the canvas.

4. Once the elements where printed I coloured Lily Bug Love & the mushrooms using Copic pens, fussy cutting the elements after colouring. 

5. Coloured the quote with Memento ink pads.

6. Adhered the elements to the canvas using Deco Art Matte Medium.

7. I inked up the edge of the canvas using a blue Memento ink pad.

8. Add a wiggle edge to frame the canvas using a black Copic Multi Liner pen.

9. Using Faber Castell Pitt pens around Lily Bug, mushrooms & the quote to make them pop. I also used the Pitt pens to ground. Lily Bug and the mushrooms.

10. Used. Graph-it shaker pens, in white, gold & silver, and Faber Castell white Pitt pen to dot around the canvas

11. Used Glossy Accents on the mushrooms & the ladybird to finish.


I’ll be entering the following challenges –

The Crafty Addicts – Challenge #9 ATG 

Crafty Gals Corner – Challenge #60 ATG




The gift bag background was created in the same way as for the tag & canvas but the elements used to decorate are all pre-coloured elements from the Lily Bug Love collection.

I’ll be entering the following challenges with the gift bag above –

The Sisters of Craft – February 2016 Challenge ATG








13 thoughts on “Lily Bug Love – Inky Backgrounds

  1. BarbGhig says:

    Beautiful collection of cards, Gail! Your backgrounds are so striking and gorgeous, and I love how you colored your images! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

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  2. Susan says:

    Wow!! These are beautiful!! Love the vibrancy of the colors, and the backgrounds really are amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us at ATSM this week 🙂
    Susan DT

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  3. Maritza Rios says:

    Wow! These are all gorgeous. Wonderful colouring and composition. Thank you for joining with us at the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge. Good luck with your entry. Maritza DT

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  4. Annette says:

    All so gorgeous and beautifully illustrated on your blog. Wonderful work wonder colours and wonderful images.
    Thank you for entering the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #08 and best of luck with your entry.
    Don’t forget, all winners from our monthly challenges from all categories are eligible to enter the “Champion of Champions” DT Challenge on 1st March 2016. Winners from this current challenge will also be eligible.
    Links for the Champion of Champion Challenge will be provided on our March monthly challenge as well as posted on Meet at the Scrappers Corner and also the World Wide Open DT Facebook Group

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  5. Tracy W says:

    Fantastic. Thank you for joining in with the Sisters of Craft challenge, good luck in the voting and we hope to see you again. Crafty Blessings. Tracy SOC DT x Don’t forget about our Sisters of Craft Facebook Group too where you share your makes, find inspiration and take part in mini challenges.

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