Saturday, July 30, 2016

My Friend

The challenge this month at Our Daily Bread Designs is "Anything That Grows...with ODBD." I decided to make this card for Send a Smile 4 Kids, using ODBD's "Violet Single" image. I also used the "One Layer Paper Tole" technique that Dina Kowal demonstrated on Unfortunately, I couldn't get any good photos of the bit of dimension that produced.

I first die cut & embossed an oval from 140 lb. watercolor paper with the largest of Spellbinders "Classic Ovals LG" dies. Using my MISTI to help me with placement, I stamped the image on the oval with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and clear heat embossed it. When the embossing had cooled, I colored the flowers & leaves with my Inktense pencils, using a damp paintbrush to pull the color from the pencil lead & apply it to the paper.

After I finished coloring, I placed the die cut back in the die, & used a finger dauber to ink around the image with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. The die masked off the perimeter, leaving a small white border around the oval. I then used my craft knife to cut along the outside edges of some of the leaves. I flipped the oval face down onto a foam mat, and used a broad ball stylus to burnish the paper inside the cut lines, to cause the leaves that I'd cut around to curve up. After burnishing, I applied foam tape to the back of those portions, to help with the dimension when I adhered the panel to my card front.

I used a greeting from Stampendous' "Happy Messages" stamp set. I stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black onto a piece of lavender cardstock, clear heat embossed it, and cut it into a banner shape. I cut an A2-size card front from green cardstock, and laid my oval & banner on it. The design looked a bit lopsided, so I took more of that lavender cardstock and cut a doily using one of the "Decorative Doily Duo" dies from My Favorite Things. I placed that behind my oval on the left side. The composition looked a bit "forced" now, though, so I die cut another doily using the smaller of the MFT dies, and glued that behind the right side of the oval. I just felt I needed to add the lavender doilies, to carry the color from the banner throughout my design.

After adhering my doilies & oval, I adhered my greeting banner in place. I took some staples that I'd colored with liquid gold leafing, and loaded my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. I stapled the right end of the banner, just to add a little something-something. Finally, I mounted my card front to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge: "Anything Goes"
Through the Craft Room Door: "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Stamp's Monday challenge: "Add Some Texture" (dry-embossed leaves for the paper tole)


  1. Very pretty and elegant card. I love the green matching with the leaves and the pastel purple. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  2. Gorgeous card Andrea! It's so elegant and pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx


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