Monday, January 28, 2008

Baroque in Blue

I seem to get a lot of my ideas on what to make for a card from either perusing my favourite blogs or using card sketches. This last week I saw a card that Beate made that I really liked a lot. I decided that instead of using it as inspiration I was going to see if I could make the same card (I hope that is OK and I'm not breaking any rules?!?)....but with a different stamp set since I don't have Back to Backrounds. I used the same dimensions that Beate used, but as I was working on the card I began to make small changes mostly due to the fact that I'd make mistakes and had to "fix" them). LOL

Usually I start a card with the stamped main image. This time I began from the bottom up. Maybe that is why this card took me an hour and a half to make. It felt like I was working backwards. After I measured, cut, scored and rounded two corners of the Always Artichoke card stock, I went to find the Chocolate Chip card stock and realized that I was running low. Oh no!! Because I love that colour and use it so often, I decided that I had better hoard it and try something else. So I went with Close to Cocoa. After I cut it, I got my Corner Rounder and punched the two sides. Ooops. I punched the wrong two sides...according to Beate's card. I had to then punch another corner so it would match with the Always Artichoke card base. Next I got out the Bashful Blue, stamped it first with the swirl from Barque Motif and then the Canvas Background Stamp, finally sponging the edges with Chocolate Chip. I also added a the largest photo corner from the SU photo corner punch and added three Antique Copper Brads.
Next I worked on the main image. I used the swirl in Always Artichoke ink, first stamping off on a scrap piece of paper then stamping on the Very Vanilla card stock. On another piece of Very Vanilla, I stamped the square medallion in Chocolate Chip and cut it out. Oh, I just remembered, that I first tried it in Close to Cocoa but it didn't seem to pop out visually. Too blah. Yes, this was turning out to be a long process. I then used the tiny flower, stamped it with Bashful Blue randomly over the Vanilla swirled piece. I also stamped it on a scrap of Vanilla cut it out, attached it to the medallion with an Antique Copper Brad and stuck it on with a dimensional.

To complete the card, I stamped "Thinking of You" in Chocolate Chip over the stamped-off Artichoke swirls. (I wanted a sentiment on the front of the card, but next time I think I will put it in a different place. It looks to busy and the words look like they are hiding in the vines.) I paper pierced the Bashful Blue card stock and a corner of the main stamped image on Vanilla. I sponged the edges of the Vanilla in Close to Cocoa. I tied a Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon and FINALLY used a two-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamond Glitter on the Medallion. Whew! It's done!

Here is a close-up of the medallion with the glitter.

So that is the whole process I went through to make this card. Do cards ever take you that long to make? I hope I'm not the only one.


Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Warmest Regards, Canvas BG
Paper: Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Antique Copper Brads, Sponge Dauber, Dimensional, Corner Rounder Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack

5 x 5.25 card

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Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card! MLM