Simple, Extraordinary Things

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I am loving the Love Fest over at Splitcoaststampers! This card is for Verve's In Love With Color Challenge. There were two options to choose from, and I'm using the aqua, brown, and pink palette.
I know absolutely nothing about watercoloring, but this LaBlanche stamp looked like that's what it needed, so I gave it a go. This is one of those times when making a shabby, distressed card is essential. It's great for camouflaging all my less-than-stellar skills. ;) 

Did some shabby sewing, ripping the stitches out in a couple of places. Remember, when doing that to distress the back of the paper that is going to show, too. The edges of the dp were distressed with a Distrezz-it-All and Distress Ink, then I spritzed the edges with water to create a stained look.

I used Carribean Blue Glimmer Mist on a paper doily from the grocery store, then sponged a little Tea Dye Distress Ink on it. I accidentally tore the doily while sponging, but, it's a shabby card, so it fit right in. I used a few mini staples to hold the image panel on. 

Ivory seam binding dyed with Distress Reinkers made a fab bow, but since more is always better, I distressed some twine with ink, then added it, along with a metal brad. I left the tails extra long.
I don't often sew inside my cards, but I was having so much fun with this one, I just couldn't resist. I distressed the dp the same way I did on the front. The sentiment panel is watercolor paper. It's amazing how hard it is to get something to look this dirty without it looking fake. Can you tell that the brown spot in the lower left corner is the same bird's nest stamp that is on the front of the card? When I wet the paper to age it, the stamp lost a lot of detail. Don't you love that quote? It's perfect for someone who makes handcrafted things, and this card is for a friend who recently gave me a gorgeous handcrafted sweetgrass basket. 

I've found that when I dry wet dp with my heat gun, it becomes stiff and brittle, so the curved up edges on the inside of this card are fairly inflexible, and it doesn't close all the way. Adds just a little bit more vintage-y feel to it, I think.

Well, I'm off to make another card. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to be back real soon--I've got to make seven more cards in the next four days if I want to complete all the Love Fest challenges! :)

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers Love Fest Challenge: LOVEFEST2013J (In Love With Color by Verve--aqua, brown, & pink)
Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge: Metal-ology

Stamps: Bird's Nest (LaBlanche); Little Things (Our Daily Bread)
Paper: Life's Journey (K&Co); The Basics (The Paper Studio); watercolor paper
Ink: Distress Ink & Reinkers; Memento; Glimmer Mist
Dies: Curved Rectangles (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Seam binding dyed with reinkers (Hug Snug); paper doily; mini staples; brad; twine (The Twinery); sewing thread; Distrezz-it-All
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Cheryl! I love the aged look and all the beautiful layers and details!

dawnmercedes said...

ooh nailed it!! saw your card on SCS...and had to come admire it here!

Anonymous said...

This card you made is wonderfully distressed for a great vintage feel. Love what you did with your curled, torn and ripped edges, including the stitching.

Suzanne C said...

Sweet ripped stitches! Love how you added the staples along with the torn edges. Beautiful card! Glad you joined us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE all of your layers and the blue doily and that bird and the best is your WONDERFUL bow! WOW!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful, love all the distressing and pretty color!