Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Little Bit Different

I thought I would spice things up a bit from my usual linear style designs and add a card with a bit of distressed, vintage look. It seems like a majority of my cards find their way to children's birthday parties so my usual whimsical, bright looks are appropriate but I always admire the more collage style cards by you talented gals! I made this card with a friend's birthday in mind (the day celebrating the birth of friend- what could be more beautiful)! Inspiration for this card "blossomed" (pun) from the little floral branch stamp by Inkadinkado. I stamped it on a yummy green piece from Fleuriste by Cosmo Cricket, then on a whim colored it in Spica glitter pens (pink for the flowers and gold for the leaves) giving it the style of Asian silk paper. The "beautiful" sentiment is a brand new ( for me) from Inkadinkado. I really liked the way the font flowed with the look of the branch. I didn't want this simple focal point to become lost in a sea of patterned paper so I decided to a frame to highlight it. Recently, I found this wonderful tin of chipboard frames by Maya Road at my lss and after covering it with another print from Fleuriste, sanding it with my BG Precision File kit, and sponging the edges with Andirondack Pitch Black ink, I had the focal element that I wanted. The base of the card is Purely Pomegranate, which I layered with a black piece from Fleuriste. To add to the collage feel, I initially stamped the top of the page with a Pretty Pattern backgrounder from CHF and scalloped the bottom with my SU corner rounder. It is difficult to see in the photo, but the pink Spica gel pen has covered each dot of the backgrounder. The pink strip down the middle is part of a Fleuriste Strip Tease and the rubon in the corner is Fleuriste Rubons. The vintage look flower is by Prisma but the original stemma of the flower looked pretty wilted so I removed those, punched a hole with a Crop-a-Dile and added the Dejaview brad. The ribbon is May Arts- definitely high in yum. This is certainly a bit different from my usual look, but I think it is good to push your creativity! It's ALWAYS a Stampin' Good Time! Take care!

"Beautiful" card recipe:
Stamps: Inkadinkado, CHF Pretty Print backgrounder
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, PP - Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste
Ink: Versa Fine black, Palette Noir
Accessories: Hero Arts Rhinestones, Spica gel glitter pens, Maya Road chipboard frame, Cosmos Cricket Fleuriste rubons, corner rounder punch, Prisma flower, Deja View brad, Mary Arts ribbon , Mat pad, Jumbo dauber, paper piercer

11 comments:

Nancy Grant said...

Oh wow!!!! Inspiring beautiful card!!! I LOVE IT!
:-)

mysticbloom said...

Very nice card. It is such a work of art and of love!!! keep it up!
(^u*)

Allison said...

This is beyond awesome...different for you but it totally works!

Julia said...

Wow! you really pulled it together! This is awesome

Rose Ann said...

Your card is sooo gorgeous!! You step out of your comfort very nicely!!

Meg said...

Love the card Beth! You always can "Rock" an idea. Can't wait till we can scrap together again. Until next time...toodles!!!

Jen Glover said...

Beth, beautiful card!!!! So glad you got your goodies! Please upload your projects on our gallery! We could all use the inspiration! www.CoconutScrapbooking.com/gallery

(Gypsy Mermaid Swap was a swap I was in!!!!) HUGS Cutie!

Joan said...

This is very pretty....very "old" looking. Beautiful. Joan

CAKVD said...

Very nice!! I love the change in pace!

Jill said...

What a gorgeous card! I love your departure from the norm. ;)

Julia Stainton said...

Gasp! Stunning!