Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Collage-style Card for Mom

When I saw this fairy included in the Naturals pad by Crafty Secrets, it reminded me of the beautiful collages my mother used to make. I am not saying what I created is even remotely comparable to my mother's artwork. As I have mentioned before, Mom has a degree in Fine Arts and does some of the most amazing creations in textiles and fibers. Her collages are in the forms of wallhangings, "quilts," and weavings, to name a few. While her eclectic, almost risque style might not have been liked the average viewer, she was well-respected in the small art community where I grew-up. I don't mean to make this sound like an eulogy. Mom is alive and well (at least, physically- teeheehee) but her creativity is limited to using her eclectic style to decorate her home (we always say that if she does die an untimely death (Mom is only 60) , it will be due to electrocution while rigging some of her contraptions at home)! I'm not sure why she "quit" her art. She never had quite the confidence in her own work that she should have and while was approached by a couple of galleries, she never felt comfortable with presenting her works publically. She does have a couple of her more conservative pieces in waiting rooms and has decorated a a few homes. Reflecting back, it really is a shame. I do attribute my acute since of viewing colors to this amazing artist. Anyway, I certainly didn't intend to go "there" it just started flowing and I just couldn't stop it. I started my collage card with at 7 x 7 piece of Whisper White card stock (the large size was necessary to allow for the fairy image.) I punch a mask with a Giga Scallop Oval punch, then with a Jumbo Dauber inked with Cool Carribean ink (so miss that color) I repeatedly daubed the ink over the mask to a cloud-like effect. Next, I cut out the fairy and added Dazzling Diamonds accents with a SakuraQuickie Glue pen (please feel free to click on the photo- this card has tons of sparkle.) The "flower" in her hair is a brad by Creative Imaginations. "Dream" is a K & Co. adhesive rub-on sprinkled with pink glitter. In the upper right had corner, the butterfly has been accented with DD then the body was creased inward and the wings curled outward using a pencil. Stampin' Dimensionals adhere it to the card. Finally, the bottom right hand corner is a 7 Gypsies Photo corner cover in Prima Paper. Tucked inside is a "label" cut from Prima PP then altered using the "Cracked Glass" method. The little cherub is a stamp from Crafty Secrets, colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The wings are covered with Stardust Stickles then she is added with Stampin' Dimensionals. Ribbon is form my stash. When Mary Elizabeth saw this with NO prompting she said that looks like a Nana card! Speaking of ME, I have to share a picture of my beautiful girl with you. Here she is as a Junior Bridesmaid at her cousins wedding. I cannot wait to scrapbook these beautiful photos!


It's ALWAYS A Scrapin' Good Time! Take care!

7 comments:

Jill said...

This is really cool. I love the vintage-y collage style. All the sparkle is awesome! Also, your daughter looks so pretty! They grow up so fast, don't they.

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

Love this...Super Adorable!!! Always look forward to your creation's. (((Hugs)))

Rose Ann said...

Your card is very beautiful, and unique. I'm sure your Mom will love and appreciate it! Your daughter is soooo pretty!!!

Mona Lisa said...

You did such a beautiful job with the Crafty Secrets! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Becky in East Tennessee said...

Omigosh Beth she is gorgeous!!! Cant wait to see that layout!

Jennie Skaggs said...

What a gorgeous collage....and grat picture of your daughter. Jennie

Julia Stainton said...

What a cool card design! Love that style! And your daughter is absolutely beautiful!