Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hearts and Flowers

I'm back today with my weekly post for Our Creative Corner, this week working off a sketch created by this week's host, Paula McClane.
I struggled with this a bit.  I have been using fewer layers recently and for this I dug out some designer paper.  I didn't use as many designs as the sketch called for, using the yellow striped on both edges.  I just couldn't seem to find another pattern that I thought worked and I didn't want it to be too busy.  Now that it is all together, I am wishing I had dragged out my sewing machine and added some stitching.  I need to get my sewing machine so it is easier to use.  I am pretty cramped for space in our new home and it's a hassle to get it out and set it up each time I want to use it.

I did a little paper piercing and stenciling with a Spellbinders die for the left side and used a straight doily on the right.  The stamping is all done with the Artistic Outpost Flower Market stamp using Jet Black archival ink.  The main focal piece was cut with a Spellbinders die and given a double coat of UTEE.  I painted the long brads black with Vintaj patina paint from the Retro Highway set.  The heart was cut with the large Love Struck die and colored with Barn Door distress stain, as was the rayon seam binding.  I stamped it, edged it with Black Soot DI and then coated it with Glossy Accents.

I still had a bit of seam binding dyed with Barn Door floating around my desk from the Valentine's tag and it matched the flower in the DP so I decided to use it and stamped my sentiment on it with Jet Black archival.

I hope you will stop by Our Creative Corner to grab some inspiration from the designers over there.  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

These supplies used to make this card can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


butterfly said...

I love that central piece... looks like a plaque you'd find in a Parisian flea market - gorgeous vintage look! And the patterned papers provide such a pretty background for it.
Alison x

Jenny Marples said...

Loving the stamping onto the ribbon Linda and the added interest the stitching does. And what a useful idea to have flat doily paper. Hugs, Jenny x

Maryanne said...

I love the focal plaque on this piece! The double coat of UTEE makes it look like enamel! Really cool!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Love these AO images! They are beautiful as the very center image! Love the red! Gorgeous card!

Lisa Minckler said...

I like seeing this transition you're making to fewer layers. Not sure if you're venturing to a little more creative CAS style, but whatever your goal is...I am liking the results! I too work in a craft "area/nook" the size of chicklet and my lovely sewing machine sits on a fabulous TV tray. I'm fairly certain I'm the envy of most in my accommodations...NOT!
Your card turned out beautifully Linda and I think you've done a stunning job on the sketch challenge. :)
Lisa x

Meihsia Liu said...

Such a lovely card, Linda. Love all the details. ^_^

Terry said...

Very pretty, Linda! Love that focal point and your take on the sketch. Hope all is going well for you! Hugs!

Astrid Maclean said...

Gorgeous card, - love the contrast between the patterned paper and the central image, which looks so gorgeous and vintage! Great embellishments too!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Very, very pretty....shhh, but I like your fewer layers much better GF. Your stamped ribbon rocks.

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