Sunday, March 10, 2013

Vintage Card Cafe Challenge...A Sketch

Hello and welcome to this week's Vintage Card Cafe challenge! We've got a fun challenge ahead...a sketch! Above all, sketches seem to evoke creativity for me. I worry about colors and details later, but the sketch gives me a nice starting point. I've also seen many of my friends dabble in mixed media...and though for the most part that really doesn't appeal to me, I did 'rough up' this card a bit more than usual and did a little 'painting' with my liquid pearls:

I wanted to tie in the background paper to the sentiment panel and floral cluster, so I used my newly acquired Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls, dabbed some on the paper and with a paint brush, made sweeping strokes for a wispy type look. And the secret to manipulating paper and having it fold gently, as opposed to hard creases is to lightly spritz the paper with water prior to crinkling. And then it dries exactly as you make it. One point though, if you're going to distress the edges with a paper distresser...make sure you do that while the paper is dry. Otherwise that little contraption eats your paper. And not in a good way. :) I did layer half of a LaRue flourish under the sentiment panel and added the metal wing to the top. The flowers are a combination of paper flowers, tulle accents and a couple of twig/funky things I cut off an arrangement in my house. The stamps are courtesy of Paper Sweeties.

Here's a picture so that you can see the dimension...and also the little foam squares that I just could not cut small enough to not show:

Here's the sketch we're working with:

I hope you'll have the chance to play along with us!
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Stamps: You Are Amazing, I'm Having a Tea Party (Paper Sweeties Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Timeless (Kaisercraft), Saddle, Black (CTMH), Naturals White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tea Dye & Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: La Rue flourish die (Memory Box), Oval & Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Hot Cocoa & Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls (Ranger), doily, metal charm, paper flower, tulle accent, various twiggy things, dauber, Pinking Hearts border punch (SU!), paint brush, paper distresser, dimensionals, spray bottle
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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  1. hey sweetie! I haven't been by for awhile so wanted to stop and say hi and oh, my! I've missed lots of eye candy :) Always love your embellishments :) ox

  2. Hi Andrea, I found your blog on Pinterest, I was looking for tutorials on card making and The equipment used in card making...anyway to make a short story long.... I found the one of(Making Martha Work For You)It is so easy to follow and informative. I started looking at your blog and you are so talented. I become one of your followers
    no. 1000...Thank you so much.
    With Love Judi

  3. Way to dabble in mixed media. You did a great job.

  4. Andrea, the card is amazing! Thank you very much from VCCC))

  5. This is just AMAZING, Andrea!! I love all your cards, but I think this is my ultimate favorite so far! I love the colors and all the layering. It's always so nice to look at your work. TFS.

  6. Truly beautiful! A technqiue I need to work on, still hurts to bend the corners of my papers for now though! Especially love all those "twiggy things" you added too.

  7. lovely card!bye from France,

  8. Wow, that is vision of loveliness. I had to laugh about cutting your home floral arrangements. My friend Nancy does that and I wonder sometimes if she has any flowers
    Bear Hugs,

  9. Oh wow!Beautiful card,So very pretty...

  10. Funny that you say that mixed media doesn't really appeal to you. Honey, what do you think you are already doing? Blending paper, flowers, metal, beads, pearls, ribbon and fabric along with ink and other colour mediums to create art. That IS mixed media already! I don't create what is traditionally thought of as mixed media collage either but trust me, what we do is just as much mixed media as what is traditionally though of as such. Love this card!

  11. This is so so sooooo adorable! LOVE all the layers and the texture! FAB work!
    Sylvia xx
    PS: I'm follower #1000!!! *woot woot*... congrats


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