Saturday, April 26, 2014
Vintage-inspired Roses thank you card
Hi blogging friends
Today I am sharing a Vintage-inspired Thank you card which I made for the owners of the holiday house where we stayed at Bright in March. We have been staying there since my daughter was in a Port-a-cot (she is almost 11 now!) and they have been so kind to us over the years. I specifically chose a rose for my card because the owners love roses plus they gave us a rose to plant in our garden when we left the holiday house - so it only seemed fitting to use a rose image:
The rose came already diecut but I did trim a few parts that weren't perfectly diecut and then used a matching green and red Tombow pen to go around the edges of the diecut pieces to eliminate any white showing. This makes a huge difference to how a papertole (or decoupage if you are in the UK) image looks once you have finished layering it up and helps the edges blend in alot better.
Now I am not very good at Vintage cards or distressing: I think I am too neat and maybe my style is a whole lot more simplistic compared to other seasoned cardmakers of that genre - but I do love what other people do with their cards. I often look at that style and almost envy their ability to add this and that and then a whole lot more bits and pieces, and then tear the paper etc. and their card looks just perfect. Yet, if I add bits and pieces, my cards look too busy! So that is why I called my card "Vintage-inspired". If you don't hear from me again, you know that the Vintage Card Police got me LOL!
Here is a close-up so you can see the dimension of the rose:
The designer paper is by Graphic 45 - Little Darling Collection - Precious Poesy (yes, that's how it's spelled!) and just seemed to match my image perfectly (I love it when that happens!).
Believe it or not, each layer has been roughed up a little with a distressing tool and then I used my Ranger Blending Tool to add Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow ink to each layer around the the edges including the rose panel.
The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! set called Simply Sketched and was stamped with Versamagic Tea Leaves chalk ink then I added 3 Split Pea Kaisercraft rhinestones.
The gorgeous silk ribbon is by May Arts and which I purchased a long time ago from Sharon Johnsons' online store Stamp Simply. I am sorry that I can't remember the colour name: it is either Moss or Olive and both are available at Sharon's store. I added the ribbon in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy and was glued on using Fabric glue. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying as silk frays terribly!
All the layers were trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools. The bottom panel was punched using a Martha Stewart Doiley Lace edge punch (my favourite all-time punch!) which I recently replaced because I wore my old one out! There is a Scor-Pal line above the punched edge (a bit hard to see in the photo) which gave me a straight line to butt the designer paper up against.
I am entering my card in the following challenges -
Seemacrafts - April - Vintage
CraftyCatz - Challenge #228 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for any comments that you care to leave.
Stamps: Sentiment from Stampin' Up! Simply Sketched set
Ink: Versamagic Tea Leaves chalk, Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection - Precious Poesy #4500451 12" x 12"
Accessories: Image from Reddy Creative Cards diecut sheet Ar.83873, dimensionals, Perfect Layers Tools, Big Shot, Spellbinder Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Kaisercraft Split Pea rhinestones RS407, Ranger Blending Tool, We R Memory Keepers heart-shaped distresser tool, red + green Tombow pens, Bow Easy, May Arts silk ribbon 1"/2.5cm wide, Fray Stop, Fabric glue, Scor-Pal, cardstock - light olive green, dark olive green, cream
Punches: Martha Stewart Doiley Lace edge