May 20, 2011

A Lovely Simple Card

I had such a hard time putting this card together but in the end I am happy with how it turned out.  I guess I had a hard time because my mojo was a bit gone and my mind kept jumping around.  Yikes!
This card was made following one of the sketches this week at Raqs Challenge on the Cricut message board.

I cut out several things as I was trying to make a decorative frame around the card.  So here is what I did and I wish I had taken photos as I went along (I will try and remember to do that), I love using Stretch Your Imagination for its frames.  The loopy white area is one of the frames on Stretch Your Imagination but the center of it is rectangular and I wanted it to be oval so using my Gypsy I placed an oval shape from George over the rectangle and hid some of the cuts I didn't need cut.  When I do something I usually cut it from just plain inexpensive white cardstock  to see if it is what I really want.  I have a hard time just seeing it on the screen, I need the actual piece, I know the Gypsy is suppose to help you not have to do that to save paper but I still like to see it, plus having a cut out helps me pick out my papers to use.   I liked the way this one looked and liked the size which is 5 1/2 inch square so I decided to use this and started to look for papers.  Well still I am always trying things and playing around I took the frame cutout and covered it with Versamark watermark ink and sprinkled it with white pearl embossing powder and heated it.  I like the way the color looked so I found a paper that went well with the pearl look.   So in this case my sample cut was not a waste.  Of course they never are a waste as I have a tray I throw them in and then split them up and give them to my two sister-in-laws that I got into card making.  The love getting their packets now and then. :)  The background paper I chose is from DCWV Luxury stack, as it has a pearl like shimmer to it.
For the center oval I did the same thing, cutting it out of plain white paper till I got the size and shape I wanted.  The scalloped part was cut from Ashley's Alphabet , and the back part from George.  What would I do without good old George.   The center part I did cut out on an iovry pearl paper and then stamped it with a Gina K stampe from the Hugs & Paryers set and heat embossed it with Champagne Pearl powder.  The scalloped part again I covered with Versamark and covered it with the same Champagne powder, however I did it three times on this to give it a very smooth almost look of metal.  I pop dotted the oval to give the card more depth.  Here is a closer look.
Now I wish I would have given the frame an additional coat of powder.   I also saved the negative cuts (pieces left on the mat) using tacky drywall tape.  I will use it someday on another card.  Here is a picture of it on the tacky mess, I also prayed it with Glimmer Mist to give it a golden orange color.

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card.  I would love to hear what you think. Thanks

I will be putting this into the following challenges.
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Paper Play - Sparkle Galore
Paper Pretties - Flowers
Papertake Weekly  - Grow - Bloom


jfcerv said...

WOW!! Beautiful card, it is so elegant looking. The picture frame looks like real gold material! Like how you can use it for different occasions.

Judy said...

Beautiful Donna.
Have a great weekend.

Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, Donna!!! Wow, this card is beautiful! Looks like I came back on a good note -- I didn't miss this beauty!

Wanted to make sure to drop by to say hi too! Hoping now to be around for awhile, so I'll be back to see more of your fab creations.


Hi Donna
A beautiful card,thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz,
Hugs Dianne xx

Janette said...

Hi Donna, WOW, You should be so happy with your card it's gorgeous, thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx

Dawn said...

Hi Donna, Beautiful card, great design, Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Catz. Hugs, Dawn

Curlybear said...

Wow this is so very classy, I just love gold and white and The CAS style is so very elegant,
I would also like to thank you for your lovely comment,
Have a wonderful Sunday,
Hugs Bridget :0) x

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Donna :-) Simple and very stylish ,, beautiful :-)

thanks for joining us on the Papertake Weekly Challenge :-)
Lols x x x

Alicia said...

Wow this is beautiful! I love the sparkle!! Thanks for joining in at PaperPlay this week. I have a brand new "Flying Angel Tilda" as blog candy if you would like to enter.
Alicia xx

Muckyfingers said...

Lovely card :)
Thanks for playing along with Paperplay this week :)
Love from Annette xXx

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Play for our sparkle galore challenge.
Apologies for having to copy and paste today I thought it would be better than not leaving comments, I'm in a lot of pain with my shoulder and it hurts to type
hugs Mandy xx

Cricut Couple said...

Such a brilliant technique! Love it!!!