Friday, August 3, 2012

Artistic Etchings and French Foliage

I really love the way these two stamps set work together: Artistic Etchings and French Foliage. It is as though they were made for one another. Though this card would be great for a Valentine, I think it would be just as suitable for a wedding or anniversary, which is what I intend to use it for.

I created this card for two challenges, the first of which is a sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. As you can see, I turned the sketch on its side so I would have plenty of room for the Eiffel Tower. As a result I had to relocate my greeting, but I basically stayed true to the sketch.

The second challenge is the Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge. These colors shouted out Vintage French to me, and determined my choice in stamp sets. Isn't it funny how different color combinations bring certain images to mind?

The base layer is a piece of Sahara Sand Card Stock with a strip of Summer Smooches DSP attached. I ran that layer through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder. Then, I used the Top Note Die to cut two layers, one in Basic Black and one in Whisper White. The white layer was trimmed along the dotted lines, and then distressed on the edges. No fancy tools were used for that, just a steak knife! I stamped my images, sponged the edges, and then heat embossed the Eiffel Tower with Black Embossing Powder so it would stand out from the other images. My bow was made using the fork technique, and yes, I do sometimes use my kitchen utensils to eat!
Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, French Foilage
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Designer Series Paper: Summer Smooches, Neutrals Stack
Ink Pads: Versamark, Basic Black, Real Red, Sahara Sand
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Large Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers, Heat Tool
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, Real Red Satin Ribbon (retired)

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  1. Fantastic card as always! :-)

  2. PERFECT design. I will case it asap. Tts.

  3. What a great shabby chic vintage card! The images are perfect for the color combo and I love how you layered them into this fantastic pattern. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches and Create With Connie and Mary!

  4. Sandy, this is lovely! That ribbon is fabulous and I love your collage of images. So fun! Thanks for playing along with this week's sketch!

  5. Gorgeous!! What a beautiful focal image and that ribbon...perfect! Glad you joined us this week at FMS!

  6. Wow! Absolutely stunning, Sandy! I love everything about it! Thanks for playing at Freshly Made Sketches!

  7. What a gorgeous creation! I love the layering of stamps! And the red ribbon is such an elegant touch! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  8. ABsolutely delightful! Gorgeous! There is so much to look at. Very pretty! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week!

  9. What a fabulous card! Beautiful collage look and I love how you have just that bit of red dsp in the left side...great touch! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  10. Love the color blocking background and the fun satin bow! Such a pretty card! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  11. The collage look is so pretty and I like how you used the wording from French Foliage. Thanks for playing with the CCMC team this week!

  12. It all came together so well and I'm glad you pointed out that these sets compliment each other - it never occurred to me. French Foliage is one of my favorites - so I love to have new ideas for it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at Create with Connie & Mary.