Mar 122008

Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps! I LOVE LOVE LOVE their vintage oh so Victorian images!! This card started out as my March Christmas card for the Christmas card challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.

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But somewhere it took a turn. I think it may have been the Springy green ink. In any case it just didn’t feel like Winter to me. So it became a birthday card. I have 4 sisters, 2 sisters-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law and 2 granddaughters. So it’s always nice to have some feminine birthday cards on hand.

This card is only one layer (not counting the Ruby Red card base). I first stamped the pole and hanging basket and bird on Very Vanilla card stock. Using a template I cut the oval out of a sturdier card stock. This gives you a “frame” with an oval opening. Using this frame placed over the Very Vanilla stamped piece, I sponged with Ruby Red around the oval shape in the frame. Then I took the oval itself and placed it over the sponged oval area. I then sponged in Certainly Celery on the outer portions of the Very Vanilla piece. The faux stitching around the oval shape helps to hide any imperfections that may result from the sponging. It also helps to define the oval. The corners were stamped in Ruby Red and “joined” by more faux stitching. There’s a little coloring with markers in Certainly Celery, Ruby Red, Rose Red, Yoyo Yellow and Garden Green. I added some pearls and Primas with Stickles. All stamps are Clear Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets.

Now back to the drawing board for that March Christmas card challenge!

14 Responses to “Crafty Crafty..”

  1. Wow this is just beautiful… I love the colors together and the sentiment is just right with a beautiful flow to it…

  2. Oh, this is pretty! I love the oval and the little bird over the edge…the little pearls in the swirls…beautiful!

  3. This card is so pretty, love that green and all those lovely swirls.

  4. This has such an antique look and I just love it. Gorgeous!!

  5. This is lovely…that sentiment is beautiful…off to check out those stamps!

  6. Thia is soooooo pretty, I love the pearls in the corners!!!

  7. This is stunning! Love all the details included in this card!

  8. Wow, it’s hard to believe this is only one layer! I just discovered sponging and it has become one of my favorite techniques; embossing is still Numero Uno. TFS! 🙂

  9. Gorgeous image and those corners are wonderful.

  10. What a beautiful card! Love the technique you used! Awesome!

  11. WOW! I have never seen anything like this…love the masking, reverse masking…what a WOW effect.! The image is so whimsical, and the sentiment so cool, it reminds me of how old story books begin. I love it!

  12. Oh, my gosh! This is stunning! Wow! Wow!

  13. You really gave those Crafty Secrets stamps a workout here! This is gorgeous!!

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