Saturday, March 14, 2015

Never stop exploring

I've always been the kind of person who enjoys finding out new things and trying out new experiences.  I love designing and creating cards, and I also love learning about the various techniques and styles.  When I first started making cards I had a problem with layers.  It's not that I couldn't put layers on a card, it's just that I couldn't see the point.  All that wasted card and paper.  Why?

Fast forward to today and as I go through the process of designing a new card I lay out the various pieces before actually sticking them into place.  I'm struck now by how often I see that a piece needs an additional layer, perhaps to separate it from other areas of the card, or perhaps to draw the eye in to the focal point.  I can't tell you when this shift in appreciation for layers happened, only that it has.

My current 'challenge' is to understand embellishments.  I have a selection of ribbons, buttons, candy dots and jewels, but I don't reach for them often.  So today's card is different for me in that it has both twine and candy dots.

Update March 24 2015 - I've just heard that this card design was selected as a Hand Stamped Sentiment Artist Pick.  I am very honoured to have been chosen, and pleased that so many of you liked my design.  Thank you.

The starting point for this card was another challenge, this time from Hand Stamped Sentiments - HSS Color Challenge #207.  I couldn't resist this one as it uses my favourite Stampin' Up! colour, Blackberry Bliss.

I started with a piece of Whisper White card and using the smaller 'swoosh' from the Work of Art stamp set, I stamped a random pattern using Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi ink.  Each time I stamped the image, I then stamped again without reinking the stamp so that I created a panel with more colour variation.  I mounted the completed stamped panel onto a mat of Blackberry Bliss card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, and then used more liquid glue to fix the layers to a base card of Narurals White.

The sentiment is from the Project Life Let's Get Away stamp set, and was stamped onto Whisper White card using Blackberry Bliss ink.  I cut out the sentiment with a 2" Circle Punch and then created a pierced border with my Stampin' Pierce Mat and Paper-Piercing Tool, using the 3rd smallest Circles Collection Framelit as a guide.

It was at this point that there was a knock at the door and I was greeted by UPS with my latest parcel of goodies.  Inside was the new In Color Accessory Pack that I was able to get for free as part of Sale-a-bration.  I decided that I wanted to use some of the Thick Baker's Twine on my card , but not in the usual way.  I untwisted the twine and threaded 5 strands onto a needle (there's 15 strands in the thick baker's twine) and then proceeded to sew around the sentiment using the pierced holes.  Once I'd finished sewing I tied the ends into a bow.

The sentiment was offset mounted onto a circle of Blackberry Bliss card cut out with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch, using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I used more liquid glue to attach the matted sentiment to the card.  To finish off I added three Wild Wasabi Candy Dots from the Subtle Collection.

I really like this combination of colours and the camouflage panel looks very different to the more traditional colours used for the card I showed in my blog post Cards for Boys.  In fact it hardly looks like camouflage at all.  I hope you like it.

If you want to recreate this card, you'll find links to all the materials and tools used in the table below.  Don't forget that if you want to order any of the free items from the Sale-a-bration Brochure or the Sale-a-bration Supplement, you need to spend $60 before shipping and taxes to qualify for each free item.  Sale-a-bration ends on March 31 2015, so if there's something you really want please don't leave it to the last minute.



Love your swoosh background! Great idea and I also like how you highlighted the sentiment. Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Posted by Genevieve on March 17, 2015 at 01:10 AM #

Thank you Genevieve. I love those colours and it was a pleasure to design with them.

Posted by Tracy Elsom on March 17, 2015 at 01:15 AM #

Pretty background!!! Love all the circle accents!!! Love the sewing accent- perfect touch!! Thanks for playing along with HSS, Diane

Posted by Diane Vander Galien on March 20, 2015 at 11:09 PM #

Thanks Diane. I think it's the first time I've thought to sew on a card. This month's Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin' Up!, Sew You, reminded me. I'll definitely try it again though.

Posted by Tracy Elsom on March 21, 2015 at 08:11 AM #

What a fun and creative background and a great way to use the colors from our challenge! Thanks for playing along with us at HSS!

Posted by Breelin Renwick on March 23, 2015 at 03:35 PM #

Thank you Breelin.

Posted by Tracy Elsom on March 23, 2015 at 03:48 PM #

Congratulations Tracy! You have been selected as a Hand Stamped Sentiments Artist Pick for your design in our sketch challenge! You have earned the HSS Artist Pick Badge to display on your blog. Grab your badge from our blog or email me for the html code. Thank you for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week! Come play again! HSS Design Team

Posted by Genevieve on March 24, 2015 at 02:04 AM #

Thank you Genevieve for letting me know this card is an HSS Artist Pick. I had great fun making this card and hope it has inspired others to experiment with colour cobinations.

Posted by Tracy Elsom on March 24, 2015 at 07:56 AM #

Sorry Tracy meant to write you're an artist pick for our color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments. I should not write emails or comments after my bedtime. Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

Posted by Genny on March 24, 2015 at 09:45 AM #

No problem Genny, I knew what you meant :)

Posted by Tracy Elsom on March 24, 2015 at 09:57 AM #

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