Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Vintage Thanks

Howdy, and thanks for stopping by.  As usual, life is busy.  But, I really want to play along with some different challenges.  I think it will help me get out of my funk.  I want to re-new my passion for crafting, and so I think I need to  get some inspiration.
The lovely ladies over @ Nacho Average Challenge, have a wonderful sketch for you to try.  I just love these sketches, because the possibilities are endless.  
Here is the sketch:

Now, before you get frustrated.  Just take the sketch apart, and it isn't so intimidating.  The large blossom head, can be roughly any large stamp.  Think a background stamp, or a selection of stamps that could easily create a 'background', or a large main image panel stamp.  Got something in mind?  Good.  Now, for the sentiment, think lower third or upper third of the card.  Now, you can stamp your sentiment right on top of your main panel.  Or, you could make a horizontal banner, or similar shape.  I would suggest that you keep this card front simple.  Even clean and simple.  Or, mildly embellished.
here is what I did:

My favorite style of card making is typically shabby chic.  But, as I stated earlier, I wanted a change.  so, I went vintage.  Some of you might think it's shabby chic.  But, look closely.  There aren't many feminine embellishments or soft girly colors.  Rather, it has a more neutral or masculine tone.   
I started with soft suede cardstock, to create the card base.  I stamped the background stamp in Old Olive classic ink.  I used the edge of my scissors to distress the edges.  Which also help with bits and pieces being torn.  I sponged all the edges with crumb cake classic ink.  I added small scraps of First Edition DSP to the torn pieces, to give the illusion that there is a hidden page beneath.  I stamped the label piece twice, so I could layer this piece.  I stamped the 'THANKS' in Early Espresso classic ink.  I wanted to 'dress-up' this piece, so I added a text banner piece, a small piece of crochet trim, and a small piece of soft suede taffeta ribbon.  I did some machine stitching to attach the ribbons to the label piece.  I thought the ribbon piece looked bare or empty, so I added a fabric blossom to the front of this ribbon bundle.  I attached the label piece with foam tape, to give the card some interest.
I hope that you can join us this week @ NAC.  I'd love to see what you do with our sketch!

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