The final week of the course was all about the details & finishing touches of cardmaking. Edges, matting & layering, embellishments & internal decoration all fall into this category & it was really good to think outside my own little box.
I realised that I have never actually tried using the same colour mat for backing paper, image & sentiment nor have I used a die for making an internal aperture. The card I made incorporates both of these elements as well as making a panel of my own backing paper to match. I only had the one piece of patterned paper so my perfectionist streak (the little imp is still jumping up & down on my shoulder) had to settle for not having the internal paper centred. I usually ink edges but left them uninked so as not to detract from the detailed & precise matting.
|front of card|
|close-up showing wet embossed image &|
stamped pattern for background
|close-up showing effect of same colour matting|
|inside of card|
|close-up showing aperture & texture of|
|close-up of decorated end panel|
Stamps Chocolate Baroque UDLSP0155 Delightful Damask.
InksVersaMark watermark stamp pad with Stampendous Pacific Blue Embossing Powder (focal image); VersaMagic Sea Breeze Chalk (patterned panel beneath focal image); Turquoise Dye (sentiment & internal corners).
Cardstock White & assorted textures of turquoise from stash.
Paper Graphicus Guild Membership Pack.
Die Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen.
The flowers are all from my stash.
Edited 1st June
I have just checked to see when I bought the Delightful Damask set of stamps as this is the first time I've used it - September 2008 just after I first discovered stamping! Therefore it qualifies for Judith's Forgotten Friday 56 challenging crafters to utilize an unused craft item or items.
I decided to make a sample sheet to illustrate the various effects of using different tools for inking plus the paper piercing patterns I like to use in conjunction with punched scalloped shapes. The latter I mix & match with the two layering methods shown & vary them with inked & uninked edges.
The label die-cut is the smallest from Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Sixteen & the ornate die-cut is from the Spellbinders Shapeabitlities Ironwork Motifs. Woodware punches were used for the ovals & scalloped ovals. As usual my photos can be clicked for enlarging.