Crafty Secrets Collage Card

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Crafty Secrets Collage Card

Hello, Friends!  Is is starting to look like Spring in your neck of the woods?  We’ve had several days of glorious weather here in NC, followed by a brief round of cooler weather.  But Spring is gaining territory each day, and no matter how hard Winter tries to maintain its icy hold, it is losing the battle.  Regardless of the weather outside, the little card I have to share with you today will make your heart feel like springtime!  My Crafty Secrets collage card is made with bits and pieces of lovely images from my favorite Creative Scraps and a gorgeous new background paper:  Embossed Green Floral Damask.

Isn’t it lovely?  The corner treatments on this paper positively make me swoon!  And when you print this paper, it looks as though those corners have been embossed.  It’s so elegant, and perfect for Spring cards.

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I printed the embossed floral paper to 5″ x 5″ and then fussy cut around the edges.  I distressed them lightly and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make them look aged.  I didn’t want to cover up those gorgeous corner images, so I used a craft knife to trace around the inner edges so that I could slip my collage images under the design.

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All these images are taken from various Creative Scraps.  I keep all those bits and pieces becase I know I can use them in a project like this.  I have elements from Birds and Blossoms, Altered Fairies, and several others.  These were images that were already cut and in a folder, left over from previous projects, so it’s hard for me to identify all the pieces.  (I know the bluebird and eggs are from Altered Fairies and the sweet girl is from Birds and Blossoms.)  To unify the elements, I edged them all with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then began playing around with the arrangement.  I never glue anything down at this point.  I tuck things here and there, arrange and re-arrange until I’m happy with the way things look.  Then, and only then, does the glue come out!  Sometimes I have to walk away for awhile, and then come back to make sure I really do like the arrangement! Do you ever do that?

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I dry brushed white acrylic paint onto the edges of the card base and tapped it onto the metal corners, brad and birdcage.  The butterfly was attached to the girl’s shoulder with foam dots, then treated with stickles.  She looks like she has wings, and I just love the whimsical feel this lends to the composition.  The little bird’s nest added just the right amount of dimension and color.

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The inside of the card uses a piece of that pretty green damask paper , torn postcards, and a rose stamp.  I hand wrote the sentiment.

I made an envelope to match:

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Oh,I forgot to mention that I used the top of one of the new Spring Banners behind all the images as a sort of foundation.  I love the graceful arched top, and I just tore the bottom part off to use somewhere else on some other project. Nothing goes to waste!

Have you ever worked with collage?  I really enjoy it; it’s a little bit like putting a puzzle together when you are trying to figure out where each element belongs.  I hope today’s card inspires you to give it a try.  If so, then I’ll be happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



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7 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets Collage Card

  1. pollyspaper

    Lovely card Kathy : ) I love the collagy feel of it. The colors are spot on for Spring and I’m happy you have been blessed with beautiful weather after the horrible winter we’ve all been through. Anything with birds on it gets an automatic 2 (slightly inky) thumbs up from your BOLB. Sending huggs and love…G

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Hi, Cheryl! I’ve used a variety of papers, but this was printed on Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla Cardstock. I also like the Stampin’ Up natural cardstock. Both seem to receive the ink very well, are priced affordably and are easy to work with. I’m always experimenting with new papers, and if I find one that I like better than the ones I’ve mentioned here, I’ll be sure to post it to the blog and share the information. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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