Yesterday was a rainy, gloomy, raw North Carolina Saturday . It was too nasty to even want to go outside, so I decided to spend the day right here in the studio. Since Linda Couglin, over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, had just issued a new challenge on her wonderful Frilly and Funkie Blog I decided to play along. (If you are not familiar with Linda’s blog, you really must check it out. Her artwork is inspiring, and her online store is one of the best kept secrets on the web. I absolutely love her shop. Go! Check it out! Drool! )
A Change of Heart about Challenges
I have to chuckle just a little bit, because for someone who has resisted challenges for so long, I’ve kind of ended up taking to them like a duck takes to water. This challenge Layer it On and Share a Word looked like a lot of fun. The general idea was to create a project of your choice, using lots of layers, with the focal point of the project being a word. I chose to work with one of Tim’s adage tickets with the phrase “Wish” for my word, and wonderful papers from Graphic 45. Oh, and did I forget to mention peacock feathers?
Building the Background
I began by stamping a text background stamp onto a kraft card base (5×7, my go to card size). Stitching was added around the perimeter, and then the edges were distressed using Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then used a gold metallic pen around the edges. It’s subtle, but adds a nice touch in person.
Building the card base
For this card, I decided to use one of Ranger’s marvelous manila tags. These tags are fast becoming one of my favorite vehicles to work with. You can ink them, spray them, paint them, stamp on them or, as I did here, cover them with paper: Here you can see the tag covered in Graphic 45 papers. (You’ll find the collections listed below.) I began with the cream and black polka dot paper, then fussy cut elements to layer on top: border pieces, the whimsical roller skate, the curio cabinet and the flourish. The glass bottles in the curio cabinet were coated with glossy accents and the peacock feathers were lightly brushed with Diamond Stickles. The flower was hand crafted, dyed with Distress Inks and adhered with more glossy accents. A bit of vintage lace was layered below the tag, and Tim Holtz’s adage ticket, WISH, was adhered above the curio cabinet. The paper was colored in using a water brush and Distress Markers. Let me know if you are interested in learning how to make the flower.
Pretty as a Peacock
Three peacock feathers were added behind the roller skate to mimic the feathers stashed in the boot. When the light hits this beautiful plumage, they shine and glitter…always a good thing! Some elements were mounted to go beyond the borders of the tag. This adds visual interest, and dimension.
Finishing touches….the sentiment
I used coordinating papers from Graphic 45 to finish the inside of the card. I couldn’t find a stamp that said exactly the right thing, so a quick verse was written, programmed into Word and printed using the computer. I do this a lot with cards, and often write an original poem to finish things off.
And the envelope, please…..
The card was completed once I lined the envelope and stamped a peacock feather on the front:
Be sure to check out Linda’s shop. I’m not connected to her business in any way, other than as a fan of her work and her beautiful products. Her prices are some of the best you’ll find, and she is quick with delivery, too. As a bonus, every single item is packed with care. It’s like unwrapping a gorgeous present when your order comes in the mail.
Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog. I hope I shared something with you here today that will inspire you to create your own unique art. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will help you in any way I can. And, if you have a moment, I’d love for you to leave me a comment! I read every single one and reply to them as well. Your comments mean the world to me, and make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,