Thursday, March 13, 2008

pretty paper

The ways to use it challenge today on Splitcoast was to use designer paper on your card - the entire card, except for the base had to be designer paper. This was actually a hard challenge for me, because I rarely use dp. I just have a hard time doing anything with it. Now, don't get me wrong. I love dp. I even collect it. I just don't USE it.

But I decided that this was a good challenge for me to get out of my comfort zone. I pulled three sheets from a mat stack and went to work. I knew I wanted to use the blush flower by Penny Black, which meant I had to search through almost all of my stamps to find it, because I hadn't seen it in awhile.

I colored the flower with not quite navy and bravo burgundy and the stem and leaves with always artichoke. Then I spritzed it with water and stamped right on the dp. I did this three times and really liked how it looked. Then I stamped the sentiment on a different piece of dp and punched it out with my key tag punch. I punched two more of the same punch from the darkest dp for layering. Then I sponged all the edges of the lighter papers and distressed everything. I added some natural hemp and brads. I adhered the main image panel and the sentiment to the card with mounting tape. I'm happy with the result. Maybe I should pull out my dp more often.

stamps: blush (Penny Black), sentiment (Stampendous)
ink: not quite navy, bravo burgundy, always artichoke, chocolate chip
paper: chocolate chip, dp (old world stack - DCWV)
other: sponge, distressing tool, brads, 1/16" punch, natural hemp, mounting tape, key tag punch

I'm so glad you stopped by. Have a wonderful evening.


bensarmom said...

So gorgeous! Love the framed affect of this too.

Susan (rainy) said...

Melody this is incredible!! I love the Old World designer paper. Your flowers are so beautifully placed and stamped. This card is absolutely gorgeous!! I gasped when I saw it! lol

Sherry Cheever said...

LOVE this! Absolutely love it when you distress!