Monday, 20 April 2015

Getting in touch with my frilly side!

Hi All

Sorry I have been away for a while but me and the boys had a little holiday up in the beautiful Lake District.  I've never been to Cumbria before and was blown away by the stunning scenery and friendly people.  It also helped that the weather was stunning, sunshine and blue skies for the majority of our trip :)

So, those of you who are up to speed with my blogging journey so far will know that I am a newbie at this whole paper craft and mixed media malarkey.  I am still very much trying to find my niche and in order to do so I am setting myself personal challenges.  This project was about harnessing my inner girly/frilliness, which is not easy for someone like me who doesn't do subtle very well!!

My main inspiration for this card was the 'Kraft Card' challenge at Country View Crafts.  I love brown paper and card and it is so often overlooked.  I wanted to showcase as much of it in its raw form rather than covering it up too much.  I also wanted to keep things simple by just using white and pink, two colours that I adore alongside brown.

I used several different spring themed die cuts (including Prima Leaves and Spellbinders - Caitlina and Branch Wreath) in Kraft Card and plain white card.  To give the Kraft leaves some interest I stamped them with clear embossing ink using a texture stamp from Finnabair's Rust and Dust set and then embossed using clear powder.  I then inked over them using Tim Holtz Vintage photo before adding highlights with Treasure Gold in Florentine.

The flowers were plain white Prima flowers that I roughly gesso'd and then sprayed with Lindy's Cosmopolitan Pink Starburst Spray and just added a hint of colour to the stamens.

I really enjoyed the layering process and working with materials such as the vintage lace and the brown twine, I will definitely have to do more of this in the future.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Happy crafting everyone, see you again soon :)