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Thursday, 31 May 2012

MCC Card Design Workshop Wk 4 - Details

Links: Glenda Waterworth, My Creative Classroom (MCC)

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
turquoise cardstock
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.


xxxtglxxx said...

Paula this looks like such a clever card! :) Lovely bright and clean colours, gorgeous imagery and fab embossing. It all goes together so well!



Jean Straw said...

Lovely card Paula, I love that gorgeous blue. Isn't it amazing how different each of your ovals look just by placing the piercing differently? I am going to have to try that. Thanks for sharing. Jean x

Gill said...

Paula, I am amazed at this beautiful card. It must have taken ages and such care. It is so beautiful.
Happy crafting.
Gill x

jackiescrafts said...

This is a gorgeous card Paula, I love the blue and against the white it looks so vibrant that's very clever

I love seeing all you experimentation you share on your blog too comparing all the different techniques. Thank you so much for sharing all this with us
Jackie x

Kathryn said...

This is lovely (ignore the imp) x as usual your attention to detail astounds me xxx

Pink Dandelion said...

Oh Paula, this is lovely. The blue and white is so effective. Debs xx

Aquarius said...

Clever card and brilliant matting and layering. Thanks for the detailed diagrams too - looks as if you enjoyed this course.

Aquarius said...

Forgot to say I admire the precision of the pricking detail on your shapes - I struggle with this

judith@poppy cottage said...

Paula, I love the tone on tone blue and white of your card. That stamp set is such a lovely set, the images are really pretty, and I love to use those stamps. Your internal aperture is very clever, I like how you have added continuity by using a oiece of card to match the exterior, and the shape of the aperture is very consistent with the shapes of the stamp designs. The deep blue that you have used for matting, and your card base is very effective.

Thank you so much for linking your card to my Forgotten Friday post, Judith xx

Elizabeth Allan said...

Paula the precision and patience put into this card is evident by the gorgeous result. Just when I thought this card was over-the-top perfect, I scrolled down to see the interior contstruction! Great idea of having a worksheet to have a quick reference of layered and shaded elements.

Elaine said...

Fabulous card Paula.
I love the blue/white colour combo (since blue is still my favourite colour!) and your attention to detail is second to none.

Hmmm maybe I need to try the blending tool/craft mat technique as I like that effect the most..thanks for sharing this :)

Love Elaine xx

debby4000 said...

This is stunning, what beautiful work Paula.

saturated canary said...

it is a beautiful card-- it looks hard to make the inside of it!! It's lovely and so different!! I like your blues, too...and the little flower petals that were dusted with the blue, very pretty!

hope you are having a wonderful weekend!! it is nice and warm here...very sunny. just lifts the spirits!!:)

much love, krista.xx

Sally H said...

Fabulous card, Paula and such a great design! Love the papers and the stamps too.

kath said...

fabulous card the blue...wonderful embossing and the inside is gorgeous...the sun is shining here but the wind is blowing right through me...have fun today...hugs kath xxx

Lorraine said...

oh wow you really did do a perfect job with this one your paper is amazing i just love it and the layout of your card is fab,love love love the inside too the corner stamp is gorgeous and i love the shades of blue you used on this one a really beautiful creation Paula i really do love it xx

kath said...

so sorry to hear that you haven't been well...sending a great big hug from kath & buddy xxx

Rica said...

A stunning card Paula, beautiful colours and such a wonderful clever design. Your stamping is sensation and I love your details.

Heather xx