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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stampin’ Up! Australia - Stampin’ Up! Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper


Welcome to this week's Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge.

So I don’t usually do ‘shabby chic’ but I stepped outside my comfort zone thanks to the Fusion Card Challenge inspiration image. These flowers took forever!!! I experimented for a while with different layers and combinations. :)

Here are the essentials:
  • The background is tone-on-tone stamping with the Hardwood stamp using Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock. I sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink and even did direct ink pad to paper to get a stronger depth of colour on the corners. 
  • The DSP is from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. This paper is thinner than most card stock and is very pliable for 3D features like flowers etc. There’s some lovely patterns - newsprint, diagonal strips, number typography and a gorgeous flourish print. 
  • Die Cuts! I trotted out the sadly now forgotten Flower Fair Framelit Dies - yes, they are still current and still fabulous! 
  • The sentiment is a lovely wooden element from the Expressions Natural Elements pack. It complements the Hardwood background and neutral tones. 
  • It is difficult to see in the image but I went to town with my clear Wink of Stella pen. I painted the wooden sentiment so it is lovely and shimmery. I also ran it around the edge of the Crumb Cake base so there is a gorgeous glint of shimmer under that Hardwood layer. I dabbed it onto the largest flower too onto the black petals and the newsprint. 
  • Embellish! Embellish! The centre of my flowers looked a bit bare, so I got a black sequin from the Metallics Sequins Assortment and adhered them to the centres with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. To finish off I added the tiniest Pearl to the middle of the sequins. I wrapped some Linen Thread around the layer three times before tying off.
  • No shabby chic card is complete without the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I stamped the ‘splatters’ onto the base after I stamped with Hardwood to give a slightly weathered look. I also used the same stamp inked in Crumb Cake and then Basic Black onto the Very Vanilla layer of the smaller flower (punched with the Pansy Punch).  

Here is the sketch for this week:

Here’s the inspiration image from Fusion:

Card recipe

Stamp - Hardwood, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink - Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper
Tools - Stampin' Trimmer, Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL, Pansy Punch, Big Shot, 
Flower Fair Framelit Dies, Fine Tip Glue Pen
Accessories - Pearls, Wink of Stella Clear, Metallic Sequin Assortment, Expressions Natural Elements

I hope you will join in and create a card with us.....and please feel free to leave me and the other CCMC participants some comments! :)

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  1. I am lovin' that texty flower ... so very glad you joined us a Fusion Card Challenge.

  2. I know it is not your usual style of card but wow, it is beautiful (I love shabby chic :)). I love the bits and pieces of Typeset paper that you used.

  3. The black and vanilla prints are striking against the Crumb Cake, and I love your choice of elements to fit this sketch. Great card!

  4. Very artsy! This strikes me as something you created using an old book and some trinkets and pieces you had lying around...picked them up and put them together to create this wonderful work of art...LOVE it! Great shabby chic style!

  5. I knew as soon as I looked at your card that it part of the fusion challenge! You did an amazing job interpreting the photo! I love it all!

  6. Gorgeous! I love that black/vanilla/kraft color combination and the shabby chic look to your card! Striking! Great job with the challenge this week!

  7. Wow! I love the background, how you incorporated the wood from the background print paper to the wood veneer word, and the flowers are beautiful! That bit of twine brings it all together so perfectly too!

  8. This is such a lovely card Alison - I struggle with the shabby chic style too, but I think your flowers and hardwood combo definitely nailed the Fusion challenge.


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Alison xx