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Monday, January 2, 2012

Kind Thanks

While visiting Arizona, Mom & I spent a lot of time at the local craft store Crop Girls, truly a wonderland for those of us who craft. We went in a few days just to crop & hang out, and also took a couple of classes. I wanted to send them a thank-you, so I made this card using a lot of products they introduced me to!

I was inspired by the following challenges:
  • Card Patterns Sketch #146
    The sketch really brought my idea together, especially the little embellishments on the right-hand side: I used tiny, vintage-y paperclips from 7Gypsies.
  • Craft Your Passion Challenge #91: Anything Goes + Distressing
    All the pieces, thanks to Tim Holtz products, are ink-distressed with Antique Linen and aged with a paper distresser.
  • Simon Says Stamp and Show: Something Old ... Something New
    The teensy paperclips, enamel & glitter (see explanation below), and the rose-and-netting ribbon are new from Crop Girls too, but the large rose is from a ribbon sent to me from the awesome Linda for the Thanksgiving Postcard swap at City Crafter. Mom already owned this adorable camel stamp, but I liked it so much that she bought me my own set! Thanks Mom! I stamped it with my new brown Memento ink and colored it with colored pencils. The pencils, paper ribbon, and 2 of the brown papers are newly in my possession but are literary old, in that they went through many hands before ending up the Church rummage sale where I found them! The other two brown papers have been in my stash for at least two years.
I used a technique we learned in a class at Crop Girls taught by Jennifer Dove: Fran•táge. Fran•táge was invented by Stampendous designer Fran Seiford, and it's a mix of montage, collage and total awesomeness. Jennifer showed us how to layer enamel and mica onto a card and melt it from below with your heat tool. If you have an opportunity to take class in this, do it! It's so much fun. I wanted all the products (the aged blue is wonderful!), but I bought the Aged Copper enamel (copper with a touch a green) and Shaved Ice mica/glitter.

Stamps: BaZooples #4 set from Inky Antics, sentiment from Stampin' UP!


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3 comments:

Nancy Wethington said...

What a cute camel. Loving all that glitter you used. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

Anna-Karin said...

Gorgeous card! Love the melted enamel, such a cool effect. Great take on the Card Patterns sketch!

craftybunny said...

Brilliant card.So many techniques have been used to great effect.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
Lisa x