Monday, November 15, 2010

Artistic Ephemera… A collage Card

I hope you enjoyed the weekend the Royal Blog Tour, I always do!  There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes… and the work continues today as the tour “workers” remove links, banners, etc. from the tour!  I’ve been working and participating in the tour for a couple years, and am totally amazed at the creativity, organization, and effectiveness of the tour workers… A big THANKS to everyone who made it happen!

Today’s card was inspired by my friend Tee of Green Isles Crafts.  Tee is a very talented blog designer, digital artist, and all around geek Smile  The other day, in our Where Women Create meeting, she taught us the art of Zentangles… and we had a terrific time!  She’ll be teaching more Zentangle inspired classes in the Jacksonville, Florida area… visit her blog for more details!

As with all our Where Women Create Meetings, we explore different art mediums, share laughter, conversation, and ideas.  One of the things we chatted about was creating grunge card effects… complete with layers, accessories, texture, etc.… you get the picture.  Tee mentioned that she really likes this type of art exploration… and inspired me to pull together all sorts of elements and stamp sets to create this card!  Hope you like it!



Newsprint Designer Series Paper was stamped with a collection of images from the Sense of Time, and Artistic Etchings Stamp sets, then Crumb Cake Classic Ink was applied using a brayer.  Actually, after stamping, all the images used on this card were inked with Crumb Cake Classic Ink and a brayer Smile The Designer Series Paper still seemed a little too ‘clean’ so I smacked it a few times with an open Crumb Cake ink pad, to give it a more distressed appearance… the same thing was done with the little “take note” oval punched image from the Notably Ornate Stamp set.

All the Very Vanilla Cardstock edges were then sponged with a dauber and Early Espresso Classic Ink, and Basic Black Cardstock layers were distressed using the Stampin’ Up! Cutter Kit.  After assembling layers, only the corners of the Eiffel Tower stamped image were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals, giving it an older and more uneven appearance.

Stark white Paper Daisies seemed a bit out of place against other aged and distressed layers of the card, so after experimenting with brayer, daubers, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso Ink, I finally settled on adding Champagne Shimmer Paint with a sponge dauber… which left them brighter but softened them enough to make them fit into the whole composition.  Another pop of interest was added by placing a Basic Rhinestone Jewel in the center of each tiny flower.

Of course, antique brads are gorgeous and stand alone as a real WOW on the card, but adding a tiny Basic Pearl Jewel to each antique brad, brought a little more light and bright to the card.

Hope my friend Tee likes the card our discussion inspired… she hasn’t seen it yet!

Stamps and Supplies used for Today’s card share:

  • Stamps:  Notably Ornate, Artistic Etchings, Sense of Time
  • Classic Inks:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
  • Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
  • Designer Series Paper:  Newsprint
  • Tools:  Cutter Kit, Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool, Sponge Dauber, Brayer, Wide Oval and Modern Label Punches
  • Accessories:  5/8” Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Chantilly Lace, Sticky Tape, Basic Black Brads, Antique Brads, Basic Rhinestone and Pearl Jewels, Mini Library Clips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

What was your favorite element from today’s card share?  I’d love to know!

See you tomorrow with my Utah Divas International Design Team Submission… hope you’ll play along!  Order the supplies for today’s card at My Online Stampin’ Up! Store … and have the supplies delivered right to your doorstep!








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1 comment:

Susan Carlson said...

Lovely card! My favorite element is the layered ribbon. Never would've thought of doing that, but now I'll have to try it : )