Monday, January 19, 2009

...Shabby Chic Feature

This is my submission for yesterday's Featured Stamper Challenge #102. The lucky recipient of this honor was the-one-and-only Lori Craig (aka stamp_momma). I simply adore her entire gallery, but I ultimately chose to case THIS CARD. I don't usually make cards that fit into the "shabby chic" category, so it was a bit of a challenge...but I like the way it turned out! I changed the following elements in order to make it my own:

  • Stamp set used
  • Layout (just a bit, but you can still see that it is a CASE)
  • Embellishments
  • No Designer Series Papers

I started with a So Saffron Cardstock base, then matted each additional layer with Chocolate Chip Cardstock. The large background panel consisted of So Saffron Cardstock that had been embossed using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, then the edges were faux stitched using a Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, and a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker. Three Aged Copper Brads were added down the upper left side, and a piece of 5/8"Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon was added around the entire panel. I also used some Copper Cording around the knot in the chocolate ribbon.

The focal panel was Whisper White Cardstock that was stamped with the "Flourishes" set from Inkadinkado. The flourish was stamped in So Saffron Craft Ink, then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder and a Heat Gun. The butterfly was stamped in Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, and embossed the same way. The edges of the white cardstock were sponged using a Sponge Dauber and the So Saffron Classic Ink Pad. The sides were also faux stitched in the same manner as the large background panel. The sentiment was from the "Feeling Groovy" set from Verve Visual. It was stamped in Chocolate Chip Classic Ink on a scrap piece of white cardstock, then the edges were sponged in the same manner as the focal panel. The large background layer was attached to the card base using Dimensionals, then the focal panel was attached to the large panel in the same way.

That's it for today! Thanks so much for swinging by, and I will see you all again tomorrow with another installment of Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge. Until then...

Stamps: Flourishes (Inkadinkado), Feeling Groovy (Verve Visual)
Papers: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Inks: Craft: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip; Classic: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: acrylic blocks, mat pack, paper piercer, embossing folder, embossing buddy, clear embossing powder, heat gun, brads, ribbon, cording, dimensionals


Pam Varnell said...

Mercy, this is so cute. I can't believe you actually did a Shabby Chic card, Mrs. OCD herself. LOL!! You did a wonderful job with it. Love the faux stitching. Looks like you did it with an actual sewing machine. Beautiful!!

Heather P. said...

Such a pretty card... Love your stitching. :)

shel9999 said...

This is GORGEOUS, Mercy! I love the stitching and colors!

Marie said...

This is beautiful, Mercy!! Love the colors, textures, and layers!!!