Friday, January 9, 2015
Secret Garden Vintage-inspired birthday card
Hi blogging friends
Sheesh, I don't know what is up with Blogger! It has been publishing my posts when I have saved it as a Draft (which it did with my last post as well as this one) - so if you subscribe by email, you might get 2 emails now that I have re-published this post as I hadn't finished it before (sorry about that!). The first email will probably say that the "post doesn't exist" if you click on the link because I changed the post name. Just click on the latest email and it should take you to the right post. If you read my posts via a Reader, it may also say that the post doesn't exist until I re-publish this one. So annoying
I was doing some tidying up in my Craft Room and came across some gorgeous papers by Graphic45 from their Secret Garden Collection (2013) and thought I would make a Vintage-inspired birthday card. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will already know that I am "too neat" to tear and rip edges like other cardmakers who are experts at Vintage-style cards - and I just can't add a gazillion embellishments and tizz up my card too much: I get brain-freeze! And whilst I am a little intimidated by making these sorts of cards, I have become comfortable with my own interpretation of that style. Maybe there is another name for my style of Vintage? Maybe it's Shabby-Chic (?). If you can enlighten me, please do so :-)
This is also my card for Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge (see details and link below).
The main image is from the Springtime #4500650 sheet which already had the beige and green borders so all I had to do was cut it out and distress it using my Ranger round blending tool and Antique Linen Distress ink. I added some Summer Flowersoft to some of the flower centres using tacky glue and once dry, added some Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue for a bit of sparkle. This panel is attached to my card using 0.5mm dimensionals.
Here is a close-up:
And another close-up where hopefully you might see a little bit of the Flowersoft and sparkle (?):
The designer paper on the card base and panel is also from Graphic45 from their Baby 2 Bride Collection which I have had for ages and is from 2007 (how's that for hoarding?!!). I also distressed the paper using Antique Linen Distress ink. The green cardstock was trimmed to 1/8" using my Perfect Layers tools.
The bottom punched border is my all-time favourite: Martha Stewart Doily Lace.
I dyed the seam binding myself using a mix of paint colours: Skin Tone Base and Peach Cobbler plus Textile Medium in equal quantities. The seam binding and bow were added in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying
The paper rose was originally cream but I added some watered-down paint to match the seam binding then added a some Dazzling Details for sparkle. The green part underneath the ribbon was originally a bright green which didn't match the rest of my card so I trimmed it off then punched a star from the same green cardstock that I used on my card and glued it on.
I diecut 2 x Vintage Corners from green cardstock using my Cuttlebug, distressed them using Antique Linen Distress Ink then glued them to the top of the main image panel using Tombow Mono Multi glue. I punched a butterfly from some matching peachy coloured Secret Garden designer paper using a Carl CP-1 Butterfly-A punch, added 2 tiny pearls from my stash then added a little bit of Dazzling Details glitter glue.
I am entering my card in the following challenge -
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper January Challenge - Anything Goes - but you must use patterned paper to cover your card base or project and Hazel must be able to see that you have used patterned paper for your project. The whole idea behind the challenge is to encourage you to use your stash of papers (and let's face it, most of us have enough to last 10 lifetimes!).
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Ink: Ranger Antique Linen Distress
Designer Paper: Graphic45 Secret Garden Collection (2013) + Baby 2 Bride Collection - Unchained Melody #450023 (2007)
Dies: Provocraft Vintage set 37-1201
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Ranger round blending tool, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, Tombow Mono Multi glue, cream seam binding, acrylic paints - JoSonja Skin Tone Base + Folk Art Peach Cobbler, JoSonja Textile Medium, Fray Stop, Bow Easy, Perfect Layers Tools, 0.5mm dimensionals, cream paper flower, cardstock - olive green, white cardstock base, tiny peach pearls from stash, Flowersoft Summer
Punches: Carl CP-1 Butterfly-A + CP-1 Star, Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge