Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Paris in Springtime with Stampin' Up

I had lots of fun making this card today - it has been weeks since I was able to sit down and actually have time to think let alone get something done. 

My vision was for a brayered card in pinks and blues and although I deviated quite far from the original plan, I still quite like the end result.

After creating the background with my brayer, (Pink Pirouette, Pretty in  Pink, Bashful Blue and Baja Breeze) I used the wonderful "Artistic Etchings"  clear mount stamp set from Stampin' Up!® for the tower and crown. 
I'm loving the "lollipop flowers" at present and have been making them in all types of media. They make a fabulous embellishment. 

I've entered this card in the following challenges

 I usually brayer colour on a larger piece of card - that way I can pick the area I want to use for my design. I'm not quite good enough to determine exactly how it will work, but I'm happy to manipulate things to suit!

I wanted a misty effect so decided to stamp off the Eiffel Tower before stamping it on the brayered background.

I was working from the sketch for the jac-inks Challenge 14 Sketch, and as usual loosely interpreted the guidelines. Why don't you pop over to jac-inks challenge blog and enter the sketch challenge.

Some hearts received a number of different techniques, including stamping, sponging, dry embossing and Designer Series Papers. I've used some ribbon and a button along with plenty of pearls, and layered the hearts for a more 3-D effect. 

The blossom image was stamped with Baja Breeze Classic ink and hand coloured with a Blender Pen and the classic inks. I wanted this to be a stronger image so - no stamping off this time. 

I still love my Vintage Brads and use them often on my cards. This time I stamped the medallion image from Artistic Etching twice - once using Pretty in Pink and the other using Baja Breeze. I punched the center out of the Pink image and popped it on dimensionals. The edges of each component were distressed, and the images were sponged randomly to soften the harsh outlines. 

Finally, the Confetti White base card was dry embossed  with the Elegant Lines embossing folder and a scrap piece was embossed with Finial Press before being torn and sponged.

I hope you like the card  - I'd love to hear your comments.

Until Next  Time,

Stay Crafty,


  1. Gorgeous colors and embelisments. Stunning card.

  2. What a beautiful picture window to look out of - the ebellishment at the top look like lovely hat at first glance. A lot of thought put into this card. Great as always Anne

  3. This card is beautiful. I love the bg--terrific job!
    Thank you for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. I can't wait to see your next creation.
    Valerie M
    Priscillastyles Design Team

  4. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at cards and more.
    Hugs Stine

  5. Lovely card. Thank you for joining us at the Midnight Madness sketch challenge. :)

  6. What a fabulous brayered image! I just love your colors and your framing of your image is stunning along with all the vintage embellishments. Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge, we hope you will come back and play again next week!

  7. Wow i love your card!!! Such wonderfull pastell volors and stunning details.
    Great work on the background, it really looks like a winter morning.
    Thank you so much for playing with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.
    Hugs Guro

  8. Eine zauberhafte Karte, danke für deine Teilnahme bei Cards und More.


  9. WOW, WOW, WOW! It´s simply a dream! Thanks for joining us at CuM!
    Hugs Doris

  10. An, this is really gorgeous! Pretty image from Paris and the outside decorations are stunning. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us this week.

  11. A very nice Card!
    Thanks for playing with us at Cards und More


  12. Gorgeous card, love the metallic brad in the lollipop flower! Thanks for joining in with us at Anything Goes K x


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