Hello and good morning!
Today's card is a new one for me, a Step Center Card. The challenge (#43) is hosted by Tammy Ortiz, of Tammy's Scrappin' Corner, and I thought it would be fun to try something new and different. I followed an excellent tutorial over on YouTube by Susanna Boyd (here), and got quite a surprise. Here I was thinking this was going to be a tricky, time consuming card, but turns out it goes together in just a few minutes. Really. It's so fun, in fact, that I plan on making this part of my regular card repertoire. Sure, it took a few minutes to cut the extra layers to go on the sides and bottom, but that's just a matter of personal preference. You don't HAVE to. It just looks nicer and makes the card a bit sturdier, which I need since I tend to add a lot of stuff to mine.
Kind of cool, huh? I get the biggest thrill when I do something different, and do it right. The colors come from the fun color challenge over at IBSIC, sage green, light purple, and blue. The fact that they're also offering blog candy for entering the challenge just kind of "sweetens" the deal, right?
I had the light purple and blue down pat, but it took me forever to find anything resembling sage in my rather sizeable paper stash. Finally found some in a Prima 6x6 pack (shown below in Supplies). And I will be placing a paper order SOON.
I colored the image with the new Copics that Santa brought me, and I paper pieced it to the blue oval, which I had stamped with the oval design and the image. The stamens are Smooches and are a bit shimmery.
Note: Some of the paper edges are inked, some aren't.
What took me the longest with this card was putting the papers together. The sage was the hardest, and even though it's a very subtle print from the dp stack, I still wasn't happy with it, so I stamped it with Versamark and used SU Iridescent Ice to emboss it. Gives a nice shimmer, which you can see a little bit here. The main stamp set (oval, greeting, and embossing on the background paper) is from The Craft's Meow called "Lovely Ovals" and the hibiscus flower stamp is from There She Goes and is named, appropriately enough, "Hibiscus."
Here's another view which also shows the shimmeriness of the tiny butterfly. (Is "shimmeriness" a word?) All butterflies were painted with Creative Inspirations paints, Tutu Pink on the lavender lovelies, Ivory on the sage.
I was still kind of bugged by the plain feeling I got with the sage, even though I layered it on top of the lavender CS. That darned sage nearly did me in on this card, which is strange because I LOVE the color sage. My entire living room and master bedroom are painted that color! So I decided to add some machine stitching.
AHA!! Perfect!! I had finally solved the dilemma of how to dress it up just a tad with straight stitching on the three narrow panels and a curly, scallop-y stitch on the center panel. I dug around in my button tin and found a perfect little vintage lavender button and added some white baker's twine.
Of course there had to be a bow, and I had just barely enough of my custom-dyed seam binding on hand to wrap the center panel and tie the bow. I hope I remember how to make it again - right now I have no earthly idea which dyes I used. For a bonus I made a quick little stick pin for the bow since I didn't have any on hand in this color scheme.
A few lavender pearls on the side panels, some smaller white pearls on the butterflies, and the card was finished. The pile of crafting debris was enormous, but so was the satisfaction at having put together this card, the style of which I had never made before. And in such luscious colors to boot.
Thanks for joining me today, and here's wishing you a colorful, PRETTY day!
Stamps: Lovely Ovals (The Craft's Meow), Hibiscus (There She Goes)
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Perfectly Plum, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White (SU),Sweet Fairy (Prima), Lavendar (Flourishes)
Extras: SB Floral Ovals and Classic Ovals Large, Copics, pearls, seam binding, vintage button, baker's twine, Iridescent Ice ep (SU), custom stick pin, Beautiful Wings Embosslits (SU), Smooches, CI paints, sewing machine
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