Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Thinking Daisies

Ever have those days when it takes you FOREVAH to make a card work? Adding some things, taking others off, adding something else...etc., etc. Grrrr. Well this card gave me fits today. It just didn't want to *come to be*!!! I didn't give up though. I would triumph!!'s the deets. I made this for SCS's sketch challenge today that you can find HERE.

This card is 5x7. The panels are each 2 1/8" x 3 1/2" with the matting 3/16" larger. The main image is 2 3/4" x 4". I started off by stamping the daisy image onto watercolor paper with Versafine Black onyx. I like using that ink the best for watercoloring because it doesn't bleed. The image is colored with Adirondack re-inkers and a waterbrush. I'll list the inks in the supplies list at the bottom of this post. The center of the flowers are coated with cinnamon stickles. And the sentiment is stamped with Versacolor black pigment ink and embossed with Black embossing powder. The panels are Memory Box dp, and the ribbon is Rusty pickle and SU stitched. The photo corner is just 1 1/4" squared with the green piece 3/16" smaller. all the panels are ink distressed with Ranger Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

Now, here's the fun part. Tim Holtz makes this cool, cool hammer that you can distress items with. You can find this hammer at Rubbernecker Stamp Company. I distressed brads using the lined and dotted end of the hammer. I love the look, and loved the pounding too!! *grin* As you can see by the photo, there are 4 possible hammer ends. The end not showing has circular bumps on it. You can distress grungeboard too, paint it then sand the edges. I could have sanded the brads too, but I had a bit of sparkle on the flowers, so I didn't want to go completely distressed. I did, however distress the chocolate chip cs by running my fingernail over the edges. I felt like something was missing when I set my brads, so I pierced a bit between each one with Tim Holtz's Retractable Craft Pick.

Stamps - Penny Black: A touch, Hero Arts: Clear Thinking of you Messages found at Stamper's Dream
Paper - SU Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin, True Thyme, Very Vanilla, Memory Box DP, and Watercolor
Ink - Versafine Black Onyx, Versacolor Black Ultimate Pigment Ink
Adirondack reinkers - Butterscotch, Terra Cotta, Red Pepper, lettuce, meadow, stonewashed
Ranger Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Accessories - brads, Cinnamon Stickles, Rusty Pickle Ribbon, SU True Thyme stitched ribbon, SU Mat Pack, Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick, sponge, scotch dimensional tape


Bellawhoop said...

I thought those brads looked "smashed" or unique! I absolutely love that look! Gorgeous card. Your watercoloring is beautiful.

Elaine said...

I love it when a card or project is photographed with some of the items that were used to make the card. For instance if you used watercolor crayons on the card, include them in the photograph! I don't think you need to do anything different really, but that is just something that I like to see!

Libby Hickson said...

I love how this card ended up! And funny you should say that about having 'one of those days'... I'm having one RIGHT NOW! I'm so frustrated with the card I've been working on, I decided to step away for a while and read blogs instead, hoping to find some inspiration out there somewhere in cyberspace... :-)

StampOwl said...

glad you kept going with this card and didn't give up Tosh .... cause it was definitely worth it!!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

GORGEOUS! Your watercoloring is amazing, and I love the total look of this card. I'm so glad you kept going with's fabulous!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

I am glad you kept trying...because I think this card is absolutely gorgeous. Some of our best cards come together after much frustration. Thanks for sharing. chris

Judy Rozema said...

What great explanation and details for us! Love the pic of the hammer too!! Awesome stuff there. And I LOVE your new background color!! Much better!! :)

Simply stunning card~

Beth M said...

Great card! I love the distressed look!

p.s. Love the change of font color. Seems much easier on the eyes!

Brenda H. said...

Love this's just gorgeous! Keep up the great work!
~Brenda H.

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