Wednesday, January 28, 2009

smARTworks challenge


The challenge over at smARTworks was from Giovana, for a card with real or faux stitching or ribbon. I chose faux ribbon: I meant to learn how to sew over winter break while my dd who sews taught me, but it didn't exactly happen. She started a piece of fabric for me, and I dutifully put in a couple of inches of stitching. The fabric scrap is still sitting there. :-)

I'd really been having a hard time getting card making done in the last couple of weeks, and yesterday was almost a total loss, until I posted on Gingerwood that I had "stamper's block." Their suggestions were great, and were enough to get me started last night. I hope I will remain in creative mode!

I had a couple of ribbon stamps from smARTworks, and embossed them last night with cranberry embossing powder. I tried using flocking, but that just made a mess; the stamp is too detailed, and my sticky embossing powder is dying. The shadow flower is actually green; it's hard to get light colors to show up on my camera the way they really appear. (Also, the flower is actually the same burgundy color as the stamped ribbon).


I finished the card this morning, barely on time to get ready for a family friend to come to over to work on her wedding invitations. Lots of fun, but quite a long time. :-) I was glad that she's close enough to our family not to mind all the clutter that we had to work in, lol!

5 comments:

marciad said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for posting.

Susan T. said...

So glad you played along!

On first look, you fooled me... I thought the ribbon was real!

Whenever I'm in a stamping funk I do one of three things:

1. Just choose some images and start stamping them in black ink on white paper... Pretty soon the old creative geara start turning, and I HAVE to add some color...

2. Limit my supplies - I choose a couple stamps with a 2-3 ink colors, and match to papers, ribbons, brads, etc. then start playing. For me, working with less, makes me more creative.

3. Choose an old design I really liked doing, and try to repeat it in a different color with different images. Soon I'm "tweaking" here and there, and a new creation just seems to emerge.

Giovana said...

Your card is really pretty!!! I really thought the ribbon was real.

Thanks so much for playing.
God bless
Giovana

Beijing2008 said...

The card is "balanced." I love how there's the flower in the corner, but the lopsided angle of the "Wishing you a special day" card on the other - not to mention red vs. white, red vs. green, and a stucco background.

Sarosa said...

Thank you for the compliments! Ben, glad you appreciated the text angle - I made that decision just as I was about to glue it straight on! :-) Susan, I'm keeping your suggestions, thanks!