Sunday, May 24, 2009
Verve Special Guest Challenge
Today's post is my entry for Verve's challenge to show off your diva-self and have a chance to guest design for a month. It would be an honor to be chosen, but there are so many other fantastic challenge participants that my chances are tough. Go see the other entries here. Leave them some love by commenting on their own blog. The guest diva will be revealed on Friday, May 29th.
Last Friday was Verve's May Release party, which the new sets are awesome! Every stamp is on sale right now until May 31st. Go get some Verve!
My card's inspiration is the patterned paper I came across at Fred Meyer while getting flowers for my garden. It's from a stack pad by K&C Company from Amy Butler called Faded China Paper Pad. It looked a bit flat to me so I dry embossed with Stampin' Up Distress Texturz Plate, but even after that I thought it needed more pop. I brushed CTMH's Create a Paint onto the cream portions of the flowers. Here's a close-up.
I cut out a Nestabilities Large Frame from SU! Neutrals for the back panel and then I traced and hand-cut the sentiment shape, fixing a mistake, to match. To frame the sentiment, from Verve's Because of You set, I cut out some of the leaves from the patterned paper. I had a hard time photographing this card to show the glitter on the sentiment piece more accurately but that made the rest of the card appear darker. The flowers on the sentiment were stamped with SU! Going Grey and then clear embossed. I painted Brocade Blue and Old Olive on them and then added Waterfall and Lime Stickles with a bit of the CTMH paint.
The ribbon ensemble was made with the same SU! Neutrals gray and cream cardstock punched with Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch and some green grosgrain ribbon from Michael's. The bling is handmade because I needed something bigger than what I had in my rhinestone stash. A mixture of Crystal Effects, re-inker and Yasumoto shimmer paint (like Pearl Ex powder, but in a cake) did this job well enough.
Wow, it's been a long time since I've detailed out a card. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a blessed day!