Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Weekly Card Project - Week 2 / Greetings from Paris

 Here is another card project that I recently completed.  I was not happy with the quality of the photographs- the color depth, crispness and clarity did not accurately display the pictures.  (I am not a great photographer by any means).  The pictures were slightly enhanced using Picnik and the "after" picture is much closer to how the card looks in person.


This was such a fun card to create.  A variety of materials were used and the end result was a wonderful, whimsical shabby chic creation!


  • This card was created on an ecru card base - Kraft Paper was pasted over the front of the card, essentially creating a new base. 
  • Turquoise card stock was embossed using a Sizzix folder that came with the Texture Boutique machine kit (swirls and Swiss dots). and cut a rectangle, corner piece and small square.  A corner punch was used on the corner section.   All pieces were lightly and gently stamped over with a gold stamp. 
  • For the next step, simple shapes were cut from metallic Christmas paper and a lighter shade of craft paper with a punch and also with scissors; these were distressed with a dark brown stamp and gold stamp, both on the front and the edges until achieving the desired effect.
  • The card stock shapes were arranged and pasted on the card stock. 
  • The turquoise card stock was stamped with brown ink and a Parisian postal stamp.  Small sentiments were also stamped and handwritten with brown ink and highlighted with a rose colored gel pen.
  • Flower shapes using a mini punch on the turquoise craft stock, distressed at the edges, pasted on the "photo holder" embellishments and adorned with mini rhinestones. 
  • A flower was decorated with brown ribbon, an avocado green button and a mint colored rhinestone. 

  • The inside of the card was covered at the top and bottom sections with turquoise scrapbook paper; this was then overlapped with slightly distressed Kraft paper centered at the middle of the card.  This provides ample room for writing a meaningful note.

  • The back of the card was treated as a canvas of sorts - it was stamped using what I call a tattoo stippling technique - basically stamp multiple images are stamped, overlapping one another to where only some parts of the images are clear.  On a different section a clear image is stamped.  For a final step, various sections of the card are colored in with gel pens and embellished with rhinestones. 

  • For fun I did go slightly overboard in Picnik on this one using the HDRish enhancement (I love the funkiness of the after picture).    In person the colors are more muted and the tattooing is less crisp - very much in between the two shown below.  You can get a good idea of the overall effect from the pictures below though.

I look forward to sharing more projects.  I have been experimenting with raised embellishments to add a little more dimension as well as using different embossing and stamping techniques. 

I would love feedback - please free to comment or post links to your paper crafting projects.

1 comment:

cancan said...

I LOVE the back of the card! So cool!

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