Saturday, July 16, 2011

Challenge: Copehagen

Over at Our Creative Corner, we are trying to come up with unique and interesting challenges and this week Kristin Tierney has excelled in that endeavor!  She wants us to make a project inspired by the city of Copenhagen.  Here is the inspiration photo she has provided.  But wait - there's more.  You can't use designer paper - you have to make your own background paper.  
I took my inspiration from the photo on the bottom left.  When I first started thinking about Copenhagen, I remembered the famous statue of Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid in the harbor.  I looked for vintage mermaid images but couldn't find one that I was happy with.  However, I did just get another wonderful Artistic Outpost set called Beyond the Sea and thought that would be perfect for the sea/harbor aspect of Copenhagen.

My colors were drawn from the photo and I mainly used Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo distress inks.  This set has a lot of stamps so I basically stamped a collage pattern on Very Vanilla in Weathered Wood and then ink distressed it with Vintage Photo.  A chipboard circle was created with Spellbinders dies, sea images were stamped in Vintage Photo, inked with Weathered Wood -  and then spattered with water droplets.  The main image was stamped on Very Vanilla with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and spritzed with my Vintage Photo glimmer mist.  I made a kraft ruffle using the Paper Twist Ribbon that is sold in my Etsy shop.  The sentiment, which I really love, was stamped on Very Vanilla with the Ranger archival ink.

I freehand cut a banner and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo.  Then I gave it one layer of UTEE.  When it was hardened, Vintage Photo was sponged into all the cracks where the UTEE didn't cover.  It gave it a cool distressed look, while still being shinny from the UTEE.  It didn't seem quite finished so I added some filigree metal from my Etsy shop.  I haven't used the metals too much but am finding that I really like using them.  I have some left in the shop and have more on order.  I'm slowly trying to increase the variety that I can offer in the shop.

This was another great challenge.  I really had fun with what I made - I'm not sure for whom it can be used, but I like the color palette and design of it.  I hope you will be stopping by Our Creative Corner and joining in the fun with us this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the lovely comments.  I very much appreciate each and every one of them.

Challenges Entered
Sentimental Sundays - Inky Fingers + a sentiment
Creative Inspirations - No Flowers Allowed
Cute Card Thursday - Going Round in Circles
Pals Paper Arts - Summertime and the Livin' is Easy
The Stamp Man Challenge - Anything Tim Holtz

Also entered into the July Artistic Outpost Referral Program


marsha said...

Wow! This is just another example of your amazing talent! I love every one of the vintage elements you have used and what a fabulous image!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card Linda, I love your interpretation of the photo. The embellies are gorgeous and I love how you've made the banner using the UTEE. Another winner ! Sue C x

Conniecrafter said...

neat image, very cool framing of it too, your metal embellishments are a wonderful addition, cool job on the sentiment banner!

Lori Rider said...

This is a wonderful take on the challenge, Linda - very creative! I'm really impressed with your backgrounds and embellishments - it's a real beauty!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what gorgeous embellishments, Linda! They add so much charm to the card. Love the beautiful frame you made. It adds a beautiful draw for the eye!

Linda Breedlove said...

What an amazing card... this is so fabulous. I love the rosette with the frame. Gorgeous!

Barb Turpin said...

This is beautiful vintage! Love the background you created and also the lovely banner.

Marjie Kemper said...

Such eye candy! The colors, the ruffle and banner.... So many lovely layers. Beautiful!

Cheryl said...

Your card is gorgeous! I love all the vintage elements. What a great sentiment too!

Thank you for joining our Inky Fingers/Unconventional stamping challenge at Sentimental Sundays .


Vicki Burdick said...

Amazing card as always Linda, you know I am a big fan of your style!!! Perfection always!!

NGCARDS said...

This is a fantastic card hun! Thanks for joining in with our theme of No Flowers Allowed over at Creative Inspirations Wednesday's Challenge Blog! xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Fantastic creation Linda the image and background plus the wonderful embellishments look ACE.
Lorraine x

Lori said...

Big "WOW" factor on this Linda, I LOVE that paper twist ruffle, it looks so vintage cool!

Oops a Daisy Designs said...

Gorgeous card. Thank you for playing along with Pals Paper Arts this week.

Robyn Phelan Sharp said...

This is beautiful. Love the layers and textures!

Unknown said...

Stunning creation! Thanks for joining us for Sentimental Sundays Inky Fingers Challenge and I hope you join us again next time!


Jennifer Rzasa said...

Linda, this is such a creative card! I always love seeing your great use of embellishments

Sharon Wheet said...

Hi Linda, as always you create some of the most beautiful and unique pieces. I don't think that I would have thought to use just one layer of UTEE. And I love the image you chose and the words! How beautiful!

Angela Weimer said...

This is a really beautiful card. Love all the elements you have added. Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man fortnightly challenge and have a great day. Angela

Unknown said...

What a beautiful card this is and I love these colors.

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Neil said...

Thank you for entering your creation into the Anything by Tim challenge at The Stamp Man. It is lovely.

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