Digital Vintage Garden Scraps for the Crafty Secrets May Linky Party
Where oh where did April go? I simply cannot believe that it is already time for the Crafty Secrets May Linky Party! This one sort of snuck up on me, but I did manage to get a card made, thanks to the awesome new Digital Vintage Garden Scraps from Crafty Secrets! Oh, how I love these beautiful images! Take a peek at the sample page.
You could make dozens and dozens of gorgeous cards, a fabulous garden mini album…beautiful botanical wall hangings…the possibilities are endless! But that beautiful onion seed packet caught my eye, and I worked it up into a layered card. You don’t usually think of onions finding a home on a feminine card, but I think they worked great here.
I don’t really have a tutorial this month, but I will tell you how I went about putting this card together. Once I had selected the beautiful focal image, I inked the edges with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then stitched it onto Lost Lagoon cardstock from Stampin’ Up. I looked through my papers and realized that the blues in the onion advertisement would look great with the new blue pastel tile paper from Crafty Secrets. Each layer in the card is inked with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, and this helps to unify all the different layers. I also stitched all the layers with that same shade of thread. I tucked in bits and pieces of the sepia prints from the Garden Scraps along with ephemera from my favorite Typography CD.
You would laugh if you watched me create these layers! I move things around and around and around, here and there…I take away, I add in…I try this and that, and finally I come up with the combination of layers that makes me happy. I have been known to snap a photo of the card with my phone at this point, so that I can glue it all down the exact same way!
I painted my rusty garden fence with Picket Fence Distress Paint, just lightly brushing it over the surface to give it a weathered look. I liked it, but it made my card look a little too dark. So, I wove the strip of cream mesh ribbon in between the pickets to solve that problem. I had a little wooden sign that I wanted to use, but it was dark brown. So I painted it with a couple layers of Picket Fence Distress Paint and then brushed it lightly with Stormy Sky Distress Paint. When the paint had dried, I stamped the word “Beautiful” and a couple of flourishes on top. The wooden key was painted the same way. The thing that really pulled everything together was the double bow tied with both aqua and white delicate stitched satin ribbon and the pretty flowers on the fence.
Here’s a peeky at the inside.
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