Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gold Leaf Antique Frame Inspiration

Inspiration can be found so many places… look out the window, capture a pattern in a carpet, or even in a dollar store picture!   Today’s card and yesterday’s Super Saturday Tutorial was inspired by a Dollar Store Picture, on two levels!

First, I wanted to recreate the abstract floral image which was represented in the photo, and secondly to create a gilded frame for that piece, replicating that in the picture.

So I turned to my Big Shot Machine and Textured Embossing Folders.. several different ones.. and here is my tutorial and dollar store inspired card:


Pay attention to the vase collage, and the framing detail… here is the original inspiration picture from the local dollar store:


LOL.. if we still had Apricot Appeal Card Stock, I could have replicated the wall color… but instead chose Pear Pizzazz with a little texture from the Pretty Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder.

Making the gold leaf frame required a little bit of experimentation… I really wanted a distressed, old and antiqued feel.  After experimenting with Basic Black, Brushed Gold, and Early Espresso Card Stock, my final sample was embossed with the Framed Tulip Textured Embossing Folder and a base Card Stock of Early Espresso.

Initially, I wanted to double frame my art piece, similarly to the one in the photo… then I just ran out of room LOL!  Looking at it now, I guess it doesn’t really look that much like the inspiration piece once you look up from the vase collage!

To make the Antique Frame, I started with a piece of Early Espresso Card Stock, embossed with the Framed Tulip Textured Embossing folder and Big Shot Machine, and then Embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  The top layer was distressed with a sanding block to reveal the Early Espresso Cardstock beneath the embossed surface… Simple enough!

But the experimentation process is really what yesterday’s Super Saturday tutorial was really about, the results can be quite dramatic… I hope it inspired you to create something very special too!

Stamps and Supplies used for today’s Gold Leaf Antique Frame Inspiration:

Stamps:  None

Card Stock:  Pear Pizzazz, Cranberry Crisp, Vellum Paper, Crumb Cake, Brushed Gold, Basic Black, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Old Olive

Ink:  VersaMark, Mahogany Distressing Ink, Old Olive Classic Ink

Big Shot Machine and Textured Embossing folders:  Framed Tulip, Perfect Polka Dots, Elegant Lines, Vintage Wallpaper, Square Lattice; Bigz Lattice Die

Accessories:  Mini Glue Dots, 2 Step Bird and Branch Extra-Large Punch, Vanilla Ribbon Rosettes, Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sanding Block

Do you have a technique tutorial request you would like to see here on Created By You?   Leave a comment with your suggestion, and I’ll see what I can do to make your request happen!

See you tomorrow with another card share… haven’t created it yet, so I can’t even give you a hint LOL!



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missy said...


thestampinglady said...

Your card is a wonderful creation from your inspiration. WTG!

Anita said...

Stunning card!

Penny Hanuszak said...

What a great recreation of the picture and frame Sharon. Yes you're right there are so many things around us to pique our creativeness, and this is a wonderful demonstration of that! TFS.

Kathy said...

Inspiration is everywhere Huh? :-)
Kathy T

Donna said...

Great projects! Love the ideas!

Alita said...

Wowie Zowie Sharon!!!!!
Is there no end to your creative talents?
I never would have given a thought to try and replicate the dollar store find. It just never would have entered my mind.
Excellent Craftsmanship Sharon!
Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Mc said...

Awesome idea and you replicated it well. Actually like yours better. : )

irishgalkelly said...

Sharon, yours is a work of art! Fantastic job.

Brittani Nguyen said...

Beautiful card, TFS!