Aug 06 2010

Artistic Etchings

Look closely!  Can you believe it?  No Big Shot, no Designer Paper, no Punches!  What!  Well…back in the day…I remember we didn't have huge selections of those things to make our card creating easy!  We used SIP – stamps, ink, paper.  Now…don't get me wrong…I LOVE my Big Shot, Designer Paper and Punches, but it actually felt good just to use my stamps to create a background with ink and cardstock.  I didn't know it, but It happens that Stamping Royalty (SR 31) also has a challenge this week to create your own designer paper with stamps…so my card fits right in!


I took my color inspiration from this week's Curtain Call Challenge Act 41…love the blues in here and her inspiration of the shells.


Then I used Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge TSSC133 for my layout:


The combination of the two gave me this:



I started by using the long medallion type stamp image in Artistic Etchings and my Stamp-a-ma-jig to create the Crumb Cake "designer paper" on the Whisper White in the background.  I added some speckles with my Color Spritzer and Marina Mist Stampin' Write Marker.  I roughed up the edges with my Distressing Tool and Marina Mist Classic Ink.  It is layered on Marina Mist cardstock, also distressed and finally on the Night of Navy base card. 


For the focal image, I stamped the Eiffel Tower from Artistic Etchings in Night of Navy on Crumb Cake cardstock, used my Color Spritzer and Distressing Tool again.  Added a small piece of Whisper White along the bottom that I stamped with the circle Medallion stamp image, again from Artistic Etchings, in Marina Mist and Crumb Cake Classic Inks randomly.   I used my Corner Rounder Punch (oops…I guess I did use ONE punch!)   I wrapped the Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon around and secured with Linen Thread, then tied on the Night of Navy Designer Button with a bow.  I stamped Amour in Marina Mist and used more of the Color Spritzer on these layers, too.  (Darn…I just noticed that I forgot to add my scallop along the edge!  Oh well…not going to re-photograph it now!  lol!) 


I don't do Vintage a lot…I'm usually more of a "clean" type of stamper…but I did like how this turned out and how it fit the two challenges!


Don't forget!  Create with Connie and Mary is looking for FOUR new Design Team Members for the next session of Create with Connie and Mary, featuring the Holiday Mini!  We'd love to have you apply!  If you applied last time, try again!  We had so many great applications last time it was very hard to choose!  You can find out more information over on Create with Connie and Mary!

8 People have left comments on this post

Aug 6, 2010 - 11:08:33

Connie, I think this one of the prettiest cards you've ever made! I love it and it just goes to show that you don't always need mass amounts of "stuff" to make a gorgeous card! (But I'm not letting go of my "stuff" either!) Great job!

Aug 6, 2010 - 03:08:57
Marisa said:

Great use of this week's colours.  Thanks for playing the Curtain Call.

Aug 7, 2010 - 12:08:23

Very Parisian in both color and style of stamps.

Aug 7, 2010 - 06:08:45

beautiful design, Connie!  so glad you could play along at the Curtain Call!
please include a link back to the challenge in your posting…thanks, dearie:)

Aug 8, 2010 - 08:08:08

Beautiful as always, even with out all the fancy stuff lol!  You can always make sets I don't like look good and then of course I want them.  Great job on the sketch, thanks so much for playing along.

Aug 9, 2010 - 01:08:44
Shanda Stirk said:

Your card is very pretty – great job of all the challenges you used to design it.   thanks for sharing with us at Stampin'  Royalty.

Aug 10, 2010 - 01:08:53

Beautiful Work!  Great patterned paper.  Thanks for playing with us this week at Stampin' Royalty.

Aug 11, 2010 - 12:08:46
Marlene Peters said:

Love your dsp. Perfect for your card! Nice job with the challenge!