Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Silhouette Bells & Simple Handmade


Here is a card that I made for my Mother-in-law for mother's day. I used Hero Arts' new clear set "Simple Handmade" for my background. I used Lisa's background stamping technique here for the base and Nichole Heady's faux silk techniques for the patterns on the background. Here is roughly what I did if you are interested:

I started with a cream cardstock and created the background using distress inks and the back of the big measurement stamp in the set like Lisa did for her card. Instead of stamping the right side of the image on the background directly, I stamped both the measurement and the little pattern image on a piece of white tissue paper. After crumbled it up really good I attached it to the background using gel medium. I also inked it with some tea dye before I attached it to the card base.

For the focal image, I stamped Friend Definition on a piece of rustic cream cardstock from PTI then clear embossed the Silhouette Bells over it. The bells were colored with shabby shutters, peeled paint, spun sugar and barn door using Q-tips. The sentiment stamp is from Close To My Heart. I used those stamps together because my MIL likes Lily of the Valley (suppose the bells are Lily of the Valley) and she is a fantastic quilter. I know the set is for sewing, but it's the closest I have...

I also used this week's sketch from Card Patterns for my card. I did add some twists of my own though! =) Here is the sketch:

Just a little reminder. Courtney has more "You're the Man" peeks for you on her blog and she is featuring cards from guest designers! Don't forget that she is also giving away a set of this new stamp, so make sure to visit her blog!

I know I am not saying this often enough, but I want to let you know that I really appreciate and love reading your comments. Some of you just have the ability to crack me up! Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit me and thanks for making my day! =)


Hope you all have a lovely day!


supplies:
cardstock, ribbon: Papertrey Ink
stamps: Hero Arts, Close To My Heart
inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, VersaMark Dazzle
clear embossing powder: Steampendous
other: tissue paper

36 comments:

donna mikasa said...

Hey, Alice! I just LOVE that background! It took me a while to realize which stamps you were using (ala Lisa!) and it looks so cool! Love the colors on the bells...your MIL will love this, I'm sure!

Vanessa said...

This is gorgeous, Alice!!! I love this combo of these stamps - so so beautiful! You are amazing!

cashemere said...

So cute!!!
I love the stamp!!!
Kisses from Brasil

D├ębora

Kelly Rasmussen said...

gorgeous card! love how you used the stamps in such fun ways! :)

BabyBokChoy said...

This is quite different from cutesy stuff but I still like it very much!! xxoo

Lin said...

LOOOOOOVE this, Alice! Thanks for the link to Nichol's video - looks like something I'd like to try with neat results. Yes, those are lily-of-the-valley to me, too; you've colored them beautifully. Your MIL will adore this!

~amy~ said...

gasp...I adore this card!!! soooo stinkin' pretty!!!

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Alice! Such a beautiful card! I love the soft pinks and greens with the brown background. Gorgeous ribbon, too! :-)

Ellie A. said...

OH that is such a beautiful card. I am sure your MIL will really love it. :)

Dana said...

*thud*
This is amazing Alice. I had to read how you did it twice through. SO how does the distress ink stay on the shiny embossing? You really used only q-tips to do it? I just love it. The whole thing is gorgeous.

Lucy Abrams said...

Ooooh wow Alice - what a GORGEOUS card. I adore the colour of your flowers and leaves over that cream. Delicious.
Hope you are well.
x

Kryssi said...

awesome card, alice!! very nicely done i must say!

Pam S. said...

qtips!!! what a great idea! gotta remember that! Gorgeous card Alice! Wouldn't you know I didn't get this one, but I'm gonna for sure now! lol "enablers we"! TFS!
Pam Going Postal

Jill said...

AMAZING background! You are brilliant!

Agata said...

Beautiful! And full of lovely details! You've chosen colors so well! Love it! And thanks for sharing your little secrets! :)

Karen B. said...

You are so versatile, I can just imagine the size of clothes you have to wear to fit it all (you know, what you have up your sleeve...)

Tracey said...

AMAZING card Alice!!!! LOVE it....that background is amazing and the bells...well they are amazing too :))) Thanks for playing along with us at CArd Patterns!

Kathy Martin said...

This is such a sweet Mother's Day card! Lovin' all the flowers! :)

Tiffany said...

Beautiful, so love what you did with the bluebells and love the use of the sewing set as the background!

Heidi Van Laar said...

Oh my, this is just stunning! What a great stamping technique!

(-: Heidi

1LuvnMama said...

Wish I was your MIL! hee, hee! Luv the card! It's so elegant and the color combination is wonderful! Have a great day Alice! :)

Stamping Cafe said...

This is stunning, Alice! Your mother-in-law will love it, so sweet of you!!
Your coloring with distress inks is mighty yummy, you ROCK!

Tyggereye said...

Ack!! That is GORGEOUS Beautiful! wow now what the heck am I going to do for my mom? Can you just send me a duplicate of that cause its totally great. You should enter it on the Cards blog too! They are doing Mother's cards this week.

Gingerbread Gal said...

Gorgeous! Everyone really loved this card because that stamp is sold out at Hero Arts. I am amazed how you colored the bells with Q tips. You got a steady hand. It looks perfect. Beautiful card, Alice!

whoistracy said...

This is just stunning Alice! I love how the main image is slightly askew. Beautiful!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Wow, this is beautiful Alice!!!

Sanne said...

This is superb - you worked so well with the stamps here!!!

lizaveta said...

Wow!!! What a beautiful card! I love it)
Thanks for joining us at Card Patterns)

Cheryl said...

I found your blog on the Clips-N-Cuts blog hop when I was poking about.

Your card is amazing! I love it.


Cheryl
http://shestamps.blogspot.com/

Godelieve said...

Really wonderful card Alice! Such a beauty!

dstandard said...

What a gorgeous card! Thanks for playing at Card Patterns!

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous colors on the flowers and love your faux silk background.

Maylee said...

I {heart} this one!! The pink flowers are so beautiful against the rustic background. ...ok, off to what the video.

Monika Reeck said...

Very Gorgeous Alice....great Mother Day card..hugs

Amy said...

Gorgeous! Cool technique, those lily's of the valley are so pretty! Your cards are also amazing, Alice!

ivy said...

beautifully done! one of my fave flowers! i wanted lily of the valley for my wedding bouquetover 10 yrs ago but, they are super expensive =(

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