Tuesday, March 25, 2008

BIC6: With a Faux Linen Twist

Beate came up with another great Inspiration Challenge for everyone to try. This time it is a pretty skirt from Coldwater Creek. I picked the cardstocks Soft Sky, Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery and Not Quite Navy based on the pretty colors of the skirt. I then of course had to incorporate some flowers, add a bit of stitching, and create the look of fabric via Faux Linen to complete the card. :) To see the Inspiration Challenge check out Beate's blog (she'll post at 9:30 EST... I had to post a few minutes early 'cause I have an appointment to run to). While there click on the links to the rest of the Inspiration Team and see their fun takes on the challenge. I can't wait to see what they have made but it will have to wait until later tonight since my employer is blocking a lot of the blogging sites... so no lunch time blog surfing for me anymore! Rats!

Background notes (using Faux Linen Technique): A piece of Glossy White Cardstock was brayered with Soft Sky Classic ink and then lightly sanded before stamping the flowers from the Sprinkles Set in Tempting Turquoise Classic ink. More sanding was done and then some Tempting Turquoise ink was sponged randomly on the paper. Next five 1" strips were cut, the edges sponged with more Tempting Turquoise ink (aka TT ink) and then layered on Not Quite Navy cardstock. The edges were paper pierced and faux stitching was added with a white gel pen. Next the sentiment was stamped on a strip of Soft Sky cardstock and wrapped around the background layers (edges sponged with TT Classic ink). Above that Soft Sky double stitched ribbon and a knotted piece of Certainly Celery grosgrain were knotted.

Main image notes: the flower from One of a Kind was stamped four times on different colors of cardstock (Naturals White, Cool Caribbean, Not Quite Navy and Certainly Celery). Each of the last three layers were cut out and sponged with TT Classic ink. The white layer was faux stitched and sponged with TT. The petals of the Cool Caribbean layer were curled up slightly before adhering to the base layer with glue. The Not Quite Navy layer was added to the base flower with dimensionals and the Certainly Celery layer was added with glue. The flower center was coated with Crystal Effects and dusted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Next a couple of flowers were stamped in Soft Sky ink on Soft Sky cardstock and punched out with the Boho Blossoms punch. The edges were sponged with TT and clear brads added to the center before adhering next to the big flower with dimensionals. The whole she-bang was then matted on Not Quite Navy and adhered to the card base with more dimensionals. Whew... there were a lot of steps in making this card but the end results were worth it. Don't ya think so?

All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: One of a Kind, Sprinkles, Smarty Pants. Paper: Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Glossy White, Soft Sky, Naturals White, Cool Caribbean (retired). Ink: Cool Caribbean (retired), Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Black StazOn. Other: Sanding block, mat pack, paper piercer, white gel pen, brayer, Boho Blossoms punch, sponge, clear crystal brads, Soft Sky double-stitched ribbon, Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

13 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL, Danielle! I LOVE that sentiment!

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  2. Oh...I definitely think so! Your card looks fantastic!!!
    Hugs and smiles

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  3. Very very pretty. I love the colors.

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  4. Gorgeous card, Danielle! The faux linen is amazing... A lot of work but completely worth the end result!

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  5. Love everything you have goin' on here - the layers, the stitching, the linen. It's wonderful!

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  6. Fantasic card!!! You made it extra gorgeous with this technique - I love it!!!

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  7. Thanks for taking the time to make this one! Just fabulous!

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  8. Danielle, this is beautiful!! The colors are fantastic...

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  9. Wow, this is beautiful and beautifully made. I am totally inspired.

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  10. Very pretty....I love how you did the background and the colors are so gorgeous!

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  11. Your colors are fabulous. You really impress with your cutting out the flowers. You have so much talent. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Pam~

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Thanks for your sweet comments! I love hearing from you. :)