Misadaventures in Card Making

Somehow, I managed to bumble through and complete my entry for this month’s Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge despite myself! This is a one sided card that the recipient can later frame and hang on the wall (or put in a drawer, but hopefully, not throw in the trash…at least not right away, lol!) I was inspired by all the vibrant orange in the inspirational photo. I love deep, saturated colors, and the beautiful shades of orange really spoke to me.

I created the background panel with Canson 140 lb. water color paper and distress inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, and Spiced Marmalade). I blended the inks, spritzed with water and gently placed a paper towel over the panel. Then I laid the color down again. I then took Kuretake Gansai Tambu Starry Colors paints in Red Gold and Yellow Gold, added water and flicked them all over the panel. I went over some of the splotches and dabbed them with the corresponding color.

I love the pretty Lace Leaf stamp by Concorde and 9th. I triple stamped it in Delicata Golden Glitz (DGG) on orange vellum, then loaded the entire leaf with Stamp Stuff’s Jeweled Gold Embossing powder (JGEP)and heat embossed it. I double stamped a piece of white vellum with DGG and only put the JGEP around the perimeter, top and stem of the leaf before I heat embossed it. I double stamped white vellum speckled with silver, copper and gold flecks using DGG and heat embossed with JGEP. If I make this card again, I would emboss the metallic speckled vellum only partially instead of the plain vellum leaf (which I would fully emboss). I cut the leaves out with the coordinating die (it would be a pretty simple fussy cut, though).

I adhered double sided sticky paper to a sheet of metallic gold cardstock, applied that to a piece of fun foam and applied that to another piece of double sided sticky paper. I then cut out the Ellen Hutson “Many Thanks” sentiment by Julie Ebersole.

Now here’s where I wish I would have spent some time laying out the pieces first, but I was kind of in a hurry and didn’t do a good job planning things well (d’oh!) I glued the orange leaf on the background using Ranger Matte Medium leaving the tip and stem of the leaf free. I glued the metallic speckled leaf just on its right side, leaving the top, left side and stem unattached. I cut a strip of 1/8″ wide Kool Tak Clear Foam Tape in half lengthwise (so I had 2 strips of apx. 1/16th of an inch wide) and adhered them down just the center of leaf(that was only partially embossed), so that the top, both sides and the stem were free. I wrapped some Sulky metallic gold thread around the tops of the stems to bind them together, and tied a knot which I cut short.

Now here is where my earlier neglect in doing a good preliminary layout came back to bite me. As I went to attach the sentiment, I realized with horror, that the stems of 2 of the leaves partially obscured the letters “t” and “h” in the word “Thanks”. Ruh roh! I had no choice but to cut off the stems (as I had already removed the entire sticky backing paper on the sentiment, and it was flapping in the breeze, starting to stick to my hand and itself, lol!) *Note to self: Don’t remove entire backing paper before attaching to the card!

Anyways despite my best efforts to muck up this card, I made it to the end, adhered the background panel to a piece of metallic, sparkle gold paper which I attached to a single panel of black cardstock. Phew! I then glued three 4 mm gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh with Matte Medium on it and breathed a sigh of relief! It was finally done!

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