Hi Everyone and a very happy Friday to you all. Todays card I made for a very dear friend who is leaving her job soon as the travelling to London has started to take its toll, so she has decided to work nearer home to be able to spend more time with her family. I would also like to enter it for The Sunday Stampers Challenge as the theme is 'Browns' and it fits the bill nicely.
As there is a fair amount of die cutting in this project I will just go into detail for the parts that need explaining like the background, flowers and ivy leaves.
Stamps; Studio 490 Flower Art, Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Fleur, Good Luck greeting
Old book pages
White card for stamping + odd pieces in various colours for die cutting
Dies; Tim Holtz Trellis, Bird and cage movers and shapers, Sizzix Vine 2, Memory Box Garden Sprig.
Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Iced Spruce, Walnut Stain and Antique Linen.
Versa-mark ink pad
Black and Clear Embossing Powder.
Brilliance ink pad in Coffee Bean
Distress Stains in Brushed pewter, Antique Bronze, Gathered Twigs, Seedless Preserves, Picket Fence and Fired Brick.
Card For mounting from Craftwork Cards Sweet Pea Collection.
Distress Stickles in Vintage Photo
Cosmic Shimmers Antique Gold Mica Powder
Treasure Gold in Olive Bronze and Renaissance
DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Black Shimmer
Sizzix Embossing Folders
To start with the background white card was stamped with the large grid stamp from the Flower Art set in Iced Spruce. It was then brushed all over with the Antique Linen and the Vintage Photo. Once dry it went through the embossing folder and then the raised parts were coloured using a blending tool and the Iced Spruce and the Walnut Stain around the edges. The trellis and the ribbon were then attached.
I then added a contrasting ribbon to the centre of the green ribbon and some Olive Bronze wax to the edges of the trellis and odd parts of the raised background.
Next I stamped the Flowers onto the book pages in versa-mark and embossed with the black EP. These were then coloured with the Distress Stains mixing the colours as I went on a white tile.
You can achieve some lovely colours when you mix them together. The picture below shows one using Antique Bronze, Seedless Preserves and Gathered twigs.
Although its hard to see in this photo the metallic does give a wonderful shimmer.
I stamped and coloured many more flowers than I needed but they are now in a box ready for another project. The flowers were cut out with scissors, there is a die for these but they really are quite easy to cut by hand.
I then decided on how I would layer the flowers up before applying the metallic lustre and treasured gold to parts of the petals. These were then buffed when dry and the flowers assembled using a wet glue. The centres were then filled with Glossy Accents and when that was completely dry I added some Stickles.
The card that I used to mount the work on was from Craftwork Cards and this had some Walnut Stain added to the edges just to draw the eye in.
Next I did the die cutting, The ivy leaves were cut, then embossed with the Far out Florals folder, then using a blending tool inked with Walnut Stain. The picture below shows the before and after vine and I feel for this project it needed that extra texture.
The greeting was stamped onto white card in the Coffee Bean ink , then embossed with the clear EP and the ladybird was coloured with a red pencil. This was then cut with a craft knife and the edges distressed with a pair of scissors and inked with the Vintage Photo. Whilst the ink was still wet I brushed on some mica powder to add a slight shimmer as it catches the light.
Ok all components now ready its just down to assembling, I used Pinflair glue for this as I wanted some parts to have a bit of depth to them. The Dragon fly was cut from a punch and the word adventure was from an old K & Company chipboard set I had but felt it fitting in well.
Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, perhaps some quality crafting time to be had! Whatever you do have fun, thanks as always for stopping by and hopefully we will get together again soon. Until next time take care, Jane x
Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below, its always lovely to hear from you and I will answer any queries asap.