Sunday, May 10, 2015

Carte Postale Bonjour Weathered Fleur De Lis Card

During one of my craft haul jaunts a couple of years ago, I came across Cuttlebug's/ ProvoCraft's "Fleur De Lis" embossing folder, on sale and with an extra percent off due to a coupon...SCORE!  I could not wait to use it, but life had other plans and paper crafting came to a near halt.

Fast forward to May 2015:  I have re-launched and re-named my blog (See original post here:  Blog Re-launch and a Masculine Equestrian-Kind Birthday Card for my Uncle) and am crafting each week.  My perspective is different.

Historically I maintained the perspective of a well-seasoned, former, corporate marketing executive who has been expected to produce big results with high intensity.  I felt rushed, trying to do too much at once...and there was no joy in that.  Now, paper crafting has become truer to what it should be--an in which I have been able to release an improved and more special product.  The lack of self-imposed pressure has (finally) made this hobby on of a higher level of enjoyment as well.

Below, please find a list of challenges to which I have submitted my card.  I have also included my card's recipe (ingredients and process) afterward.  

Mojo Monday #396 Contest and Giveaway
Simon Says Stamp Wednesdays Let's Get Sentimental (Feat. Tim Holtz)
Cuttlebug Mania We Love to Stamp (Feat. Manual/Cuttlebug Embossing/Die Cuts)
Penny Black and More Die and Punches
Creatalicious Challenges Embossing Wet or Dry

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Crystal Clear Shrink Film (Shrinky Dinks/K&B Innovations), Silver CS (Recollections/Michaels), Vancouver Dark Grey Textured CS (Bazzil Basics), Rich Razzleberry CS (Stampin' Up!), Black CS (Recollections/Michaels), Silver CS (Stampin' Up!).

Inks:  Tinted Emboss (Top Boss), Jet Black (Staz-On), Silver Powder (Stamp Affair), Bold Black Detail Powder (Stampin' Up!), Silver Ultimate Metallic (Encore/Tsukineko), Silver/Black Foil Smootch Spritz (Stampin' Up!), Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!), Going Grey (Stampin' Up!).

Stamp(s):  French Market (Tim Holtz Visual Market/Stamper's Anonymous), Carte Postale (Stampin' Up!), Urban Grunge (Tim Holtz Visual Market/Stamper's Anonymous), Artistic Etchings (Stampin' Up!), French Foliage (Stampin' Up!).

Punches:  Fleur-de-Lis (Martha Stewart),  1/4" Hole (Source Unknown), 1-3/8 Hole (Stampin' Up!), Small Oval (Stampin' Up!).

Cuttlebug/Big Shot:  Fleur De Lis Emboss Folder (Cuttlebug/ProvoCraft),

Cricut:  Sophisticated (Teresa Collins/ProvoCraft), Accent Essentials (ProvoCraft).

Embellishments:  Fleur De Lis Cabachon w/Bling (Jolee's Boutique/EK Success), Silver Tassel (Spare Parts/The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby).

Layout:  Mojo Monday #396.

Base:  Folded to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".

Layer 1:  4" x 5-1/4", two types of CS cut diagonal.  Embossed w/Fleur De Lis folder through Cuttlebug.  Rolled emboss ink onto CS and added powder to heat and create enamel finish in contrast colors.  Adhered to card.

Layer 2:  2-1/4" x 3", black CS.  Stamped "Carte Postal" image (Tim Holtz, not Stampin' Up!, despite the set's name) and enamel embossed.  Two overlays of argyle from Cricut; adhered and spritzed, then glued to panel.

Layer 3:  1-3/8" grey circle (punched); stamped in two colors with different images (argyle and French script), adhered to larger black CS circle base and spritzed as a single unit.

Layer 4:  Small oval stamped w/sentiment and sponged w/complimentary color along rim.  Layered onto circle w/dimensionals. 

Layer 5:  Paris postmark created by placing a small heap of silver emboss powder onto CS and heating it from underneath.  Carefully pressed postmark stamp into melted emboss enamel and allowed to cool for a few seconds and pulled up slowly.  Cut out post mark and adhered to "Vancouver" grey, stamped circle.

Layer 6:  Two-part fleur de lis using punched image, sponged with Staz-on ink; added emboss powder and melted; done three times.  Sprinkled a few grains of black detail emboss powder and re-melted; then allowed to cool to create a weathered look.  Glued fleur de lis sticker on top.  Used dimensionals to add to argyle layer and overlap circles.

Layer 7:  Cut top loop of tassel and frayed it.  Created charms using stamped images onto shrink film allowing for a loop above each picture.  Used frayed strings from tassel to tie the three charms to top of the unit.  Glued entire thing to top of card.


Heather said...

A fabulous card Libby, a great design and stunning colour scheme........I love the embossed silver fleur-de-lis and beautiful details!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Amy Ottmers said...

Pretty!!! Thank you for joining us at Cuttlebug Mania, good luck!!! Amy DT

Libby said...

Thank you, Heather and Amy for your comments; they made my morning. I have updated my post to include the process part of the card's recipe.

rachel taylor said...

fab card thanks for sharing with creatalicious rachel dt

Shirley said...

Lots of different and interesting layers have made this into a gorgeous card. Thank you foe sharing your pretty card with us at Penny black and More and good luck in our prize draw.


Teresa Kline said...

fabulous design and technique! so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

Kimbo said...

Unusual colours but they work so well

Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

Ellibelle said...

Great card design and love the color combo! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Penny Black and More!

brenda said...

A beautifully stamped and embellished card Libby with so much texture.

Thanks so much for joining in at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Sara Barker said...

First, let me thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comment! I really appreciate hearing from you, which led me here to your blog.

Next, let me say that I LOVE your card--the colors, the textures, but mostly the composition! Great card!

Lastly, I read your post, and love your story! So happy for your new perspective toward creating, and it certainly shows in your work! I've had a little visit to your last few posts, and can see a difference from your old blog! I also love how you lay out your materials and process. Something I should try, because I'm sure people get tired of my long posts!

I am your newest follower, and can't wait to see what else you'll be making! Hugs!
Sara Emily

Melanie said...

A lovely card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Embossing” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

(DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Come and Get It)

samanthadesigns said...

Libby this is a beautiful card. The layers give so much dimension and really pull you in to the project. Great job!