Sunday, 10 February 2013

Sew Special

I picked up a copy of Cardmaking and Papercraft last week at my local "English" shop.  I couldn't resist the gorgeous stamp set which came with the mag - I thought I could use it in conjunction with my old Dress and Accessories die from Sizzix.
It's been a busy week and although I had been planning this card in my head all week (while chauffering children and doing the ironing for example) I only just got this card completed in time for a friend's 40th birthday party last night.
Firstly I created an alcohol inked background using Adirondack alcohol inks - my favourite method of creating a background.  As always it was a bit of trial and error and I just kept adding colours until I was happy with the result - shell pink and salmon and caramel were my first choices and I think I went over with a little more caramel because it was too dark.  If it's too dark the stamped images won't be noticeable enough.  I wanted some purple and I'm pretty sure I added some wild plum but only a little as it's quite dark.  I vaguely remember using Lake too, and of course silver.  It's fairly idiot proof really as you can always add more colours until you're satisfied.  The result is like looking into a pool of various pinks and silver and it catches the light beautifully.
You do need to be careful when stamping - I always use archival ink.  I made the mistake of stamping with versafine a few years ago.  The result looked fantastic however no amount of heating would set the ink - I came back after weeks and it was still wet.  Stazon is unsuitable too as it will react with the background.
Stamping on any glossy surface is always tricky and I found these tricks improve my success rate.  Apply light pressure evenly in one go - use a sheet of funky foam under your card if it's a big image.  After stamping your stamp will be stuck to the surface of the card.  Lift your stamp and the card and then very gently peel the card off the stamp.  If you attempt to hold the card down while you pull off the stamp it will almost certainly smudge.  If you have made a mistake try removing it quickly with a baby wipe or place your focal image over that area of the background.
You can't tell from the photo but the dress is actually cut from fabric attached to card.  I stamped it with the Waltzing Mouse Background Plaid stamp (fast turning into my most versatile stamp) and distressed it a little with Chipped Sapphire distress ink. The waistband and shoulder band were also plain pink fabric coloured with Chipped Sapphire.  The stand was embossed with a verdigris embossing powder to give it an worn metallic look - it was actually cut from a recycled aluminium can.
A sentiment and the needle and thread image were stamped on some pink card and cut using a Spellbinders Labels 2 die which I thought resembled a cotton spool so I wrapped it with some cotton.  A threaded button finished off the sewing scene, and of course no card is complete without stamping some coordinating images on the envelope as well.
Thanks for stopping by.  Please fell free to leave a nice comment and if you have any questions I'll do my best to answer them.


  1. Gorgeous card, love the background & the plaid dress :)

  2. I must have been subconsciously swayed in my colour choices because I've just realized this qualifies for the Waltzing Mouse Cranberry Sauce Challenge.
    Even though it was quite by accident I used pink (obviously), purple (I had no black distress ink so I used Chipped Sapphire and I used a little Wild Plum ink in the background), grey (the cotton was grey because I couldn't find any black plus I used Lake alcohol ink which is a soft grey colour and of course black.
    Woohoo I love Waltzing Mouse Challenges.

  3. Oh WOW, Kate! What a gorgeous card....I love how you took vintage and classic looking sewing die cuts and papers and made them totally ZING with the beautiful bold colors!! Loving the little plaid dress!! That is an adorable die cut. Ooooo and the fun green patina looking dress stand!

  4. Love the shabby chic look to your card!

  5. I love how saturated your color choices are. A powerful punch!

  6. the day I will get the courage to try!!

  7. Love your fabric cut dress! So fun!


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