Sunday, 22 April 2012

Simply Special

Hello and today’s card features a number of different techniques, but hopefully combined into an elegant, classy card – as that’s was my aim! So can you spot all the techniques? Look for:

Paper piecing ● Ribbon threading ● Distressing ● Embossing ● Digital Die Cutting ● Manual Die Cutting ● Glittering ● Spritzing ● Flower embellishing ● Accenting ● and (of course) Hat Pin Making!!!!

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Kanban
Colouring Mediums: Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink Blue, Brilliance Black Pigment Ink, Promarker Pens, Tattered Angels Glimmer Spritz
Paper & Card: K&Company Elegance Shimmer, Stardream Opal
Tools: Spellbinders, Silhouette Cameo, BigShot Pro, Anna Griffin Ribbon Punch, The Crafter’s Workshop Mask
Embellishments: Berisford satin picot ribbon 10mm, Berisford double satin ribbon 10mm & 3mm, hand-made beaded Hat Pins, crystals, pearls, mulberry cherry blossoms, pearl-ended stamen

To make this card, using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut the card base from stardream cardstock, and the flourish background & birdcage on K&Company Elegance Shimmer. This is the first time I have tried an entire background die-cut, it was a bit fiddly to then marry the flourish with the backing card shape but worth it.  The ribbon-edged border was cut from more K&Company Elegance Shimmer with an Anna Griffin ribbon punch and threaded with 3mm double satin.

I then embossed an offcut of stardream card through my Big-Shot Pro using my Crafter’s Workshop Paradise Mask as an embossing folder. Once embossed, this offcut was paper-pieced together with an offcut of coordinating K&Company Elegance Shimmer patterned paper and the join was covered by a strip of picot edge satin ribbon, then die-cut with Spellbinders Labels 1.

I didn’t have the right colour ink to coordinate with the soft greys in my patterned papers, so I first stamped my Kanban image with Brilliance Pigment Black onto spare paper, and (without cleaning the stamp), re-inked with Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink Blue. The residual black toned the blue down to a soft blue-grey – perfect! The stamp image was then faux cut from the smaller Labels 1 die.

To ensemble, I mounted the flourish background onto the backing card and inked the edges with Pro-markers. Next, a strip of picot-edged ribbon went across the lower middle horizontally and the threaded ribbon border was added vertically and the edges trimmed to shape. The stamped image was mounted onto the paper-pieced mat, and this was mounted onto the card, ensuring that the picot edge ribbon on the mat aligned with the same ribbon on the card.

The bird-cage was distressed with Promarkers, glittered and embellished with a rhinestone crystal before being tucked behind the mat along with hand-made hat pins.
















I added cherry blossom flowers, rosebuds, pearl-ended stamen, flat-backed crystals and pearls and a double-satin ribbon bow. Finally, the entire project was spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Spritz, for a subtle shimmer.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Ribbon or Twine
 Hope you like this; do leave a comment if this has pleased you.




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55 comments:

  1. Absolutely Stunning! I love it :-) Happy Leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

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  2. This card is absolutely gorgeous and so elegant.
    Heike xx

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  3. This is a truly beautiful card. xxxx

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  4. A very lovely card with lots of pretty details. Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' this week. Tracey x

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  5. beautiful card x

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  6. Gorgeous card, lots of fabulous detail.

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  7. Such a lovely card :)

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  8. Your card is amazing. I love the stamp and the little bird cage. The colours are gorgeous. x

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  9. Gorgeous card, so many points of interest drawing from one corner to the other.
    Anne x

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  10. This is a gorgeous card. Creative and subtle use of the ribbons and a beautiful image :)

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  11. Hiya, this is so lovely, lots to look at and learn from. Beautifully arranged.

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  12. Stunning elegant card. Love it all x Susan x

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  13. This is a stunning card, and so well put together, love the patterns xx

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  14. A fantastic card hun! Thanks for playing at Charisma Cardz! xxx

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  15. This is really beautiful, love it all. Tinaxx

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  16. Beautiful project! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.
    Pinky

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  17. Aww this is sweet,i love wow!


    Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week,best of luck!

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  18. This is fabulous - so elegant!
    Thanks for joining us at Crafts4Eternity this week.
    Best wishes, Sharon

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  19. Wow what a beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at stamptacular sunday. Hope to see you soon again.
    Hugs,
    Heleen

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  20. Hi ya, oh my word this is just gorgeous! Love the WoW look and you've done it perfectly. Great detail with the embossing and your ribbons.

    Thanks for joining in with us this week at Sweet Stampin.

    Sarah

    PS - Wanted to say thanks for the advice you gave me recently when I was thinking about making my own pins - I've not got a small supply of goodies and am happily trying out making some!

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  21. Your work is absolutely beautiful!! I started out this morning by linking to your tutorial on hat pins -- thank you. When I saw your card "The Lady in Red", I immediately started searching for Kaban supplies, only to discover they aren't shipped to Canada. Do you or any of your followers know of a site that does ship to here, or of a Canadian or US site that carries this brand? Is there an email address you would post on your site to help? Hope you can help - I've just spent hours searching. Again, thanks for the inspiration. Cheers.

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  22. Thank you for your kind words, Barb. You can often find Kanban stamps on Ebay (especially if you select worldwide, which will mean you'll pick up lots of British sellers). I think that they are sold on Overstock.com and Amazon. The Kanban website is KanbanCrafts.com and if you contact them directly, they may also be able to help you. Hope that helps.

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    1. Thanks so much; I'll give these sites a try.

      Cheers

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  23. As a fan of all these Die Cut, I totally love this!
    I wish more gals did stuff so I could see more when hopping around blog land! =0)
    This is awesome, love the detail choices and the soft colors which made this perfect
    for the neutral color challenge at ABC! Just my luck!

    Thanks so so much for sharing there! ~Leah

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  24. I am in awe!!! This is stunning, gorgeous, elegant and so much more. I love your style!! You are very creative!! Gloria

    Visit my blog - would love more members.
    http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com

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  25. lovely! the filigree is so pretty and i love all the classy, elegant white! thanks for joining the Charisma Galz this week, and good luck!

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  26. Beautifully done.I love all the pretty detail. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge
    Hugs Julie P

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  27. This is stunning, what a pretty creation. I love all the embossing and beautiful embellies! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week,

    hugs

    xxalisonxx

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  28. What a beautiful card ;o)
    Thank you so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.

    Janneke XO

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  29. This is absolutely stunning and love the subtle shades and all of those embellies too :-)


    xx Sazzle xx
    (lincs crafty girl)

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  30. Just so gorgeous - stunning. xxxx

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  31. beautiful card x

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  32. Gorgeous card, well done.
    Maureen.....x

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  33. What a gorgeous card. I love your hat pins! Gail x

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  34. My goodness what a fantastic creation! So much to gaze at, very well made. I hope you do very well in the challenges.

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  35. Stunning card, one of my all time favourite images and you have created something magical with it. Thanks for joining us at ABC this week.
    Hugs
    Clare
    xx

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  36. Definitely elegant and so pretty, love the hat pins! I'm off to read your tutorial now! :)

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  37. Beautiful, such a fresh looking colour combo. Thanks for joining the Joanna Sheen Challenge.

    Wendy -x-

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  38. beautiful card love all the elements xx

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  39. Stunning card and love all your embellishments
    carol x

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  40. Stunning card...so gorgeous ...Lorsx

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  41. Beautiful card! Good luck with the challenges. Lea xx

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  42. Oh my goodness this is stunning, such a lot of hard work has gone into it and thank you for the wonderful description, I'll have to try some of these techniques. Great idea to tone down the colour with the black ink first. Debs xx

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  43. Ive already commented so I will say have a lovely weekend! Elaine-xxx-

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  44. ooo what a super card ... love that little image ... and love your design ... just doing a bit of blog hopping have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  45. Beautiful card love the image and all your embellishments
    carol x

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