Saturday, 16 October 2010

Artistic etchings in new colours

I had a good fun night on Thursday with my downline Jan and my upline Joanne. We gossiped plenty about Convention next month and what to expect. It's the first one for Jan and I, we couldn't make it last year and we're so excited - with good reason from everything that Joanne's told us. We had some lovely swaps between us, which I'm can't share yet because some of them are being swapped today and others may also be for convention so I don't want to spoil any surprises. I've now also got my hands on samples of all the main DSPs, the coloured brads and the buttons, so I'm busy putting my sample book together to take to workshops, so that you can all see everything for real - they're so much better than just on the page.

Today's card is one that I've made using the Artistic Etchings in the clear mount version. The clear mount really does make it a doddle to place your stamps quickly and easily.

Stamp sets: Artistic Etchings, En Francais
Cardstock: River Rock, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Punch: 1-3/4" Circle
Narrow Taffeta Ribbon: Marina Mist
Other: Linen Thread

I stamped the Eiffel Tower in Not Quite Navy ink onto a layer of River Rock card. By stamping again onto a sticky note and cutting it out I created a mask for the image. I placed it over the original before stamping again on the same layer with the En Francais background stamp in Soft Suede ink and then removing the mask. These two stamp sets are just made for each other. This stamped layer was matted direct to a layer of Marina Mist. A bow of Marina Mist Narrow Taffeta Ribbon was wrapped around the top left corner before adhering the layers direct to an A6 portrait card blank of River Rock. I stamped the pendant in Not Quite Navy ink onto a scrap of Marina Mist and punched it out with the 1-3/4" Circle. This was popped up on dimensionals in the top right corner. The Amour sentiment was stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on Very Vanilla card and cut out following the shape of the word. It was then adhered direct to a scrap of Cherry Cobbler Card and cut again following the shape, before popping up on dimensionals in the centre of the circle. Finally the key was stamped in Not Quite Navy ink on River Rock card, cut out, tied with Linen Thread to the ribbon and fixed in place with dimensionals cut in half.

I think this would work quite well as an anniversary card. What do you think?

I'm off to Cardiff once again tomorrow. More training in preparation for my exams in November, but also meeting up with a crafty friend while I'm there so it's not all bad. And I've got a few cards ready to share with you next week so please pop by. Off now to finish getting ready for this afternoon's workshop.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx


Larisa said...

Oh, very cute card!!! Love the French theme a lot! )))

Rel Squire (NZ) said...

Sara you have a wonderful talent for knowing which color cardstock looks good together... something I truly struggle with. Love your color combos for each card. This one is another card which is so cool, I think it would suit any occasion and be very versatile to have in anyones stock of stampsets.