Aren't these pictures wonderful? They are courtesy of Martha Stewart - a great place to visit! I love the stationery - all shades of red, pink and white - just fab! When I first saw the colours I thought of strawberries and cream - but this idea just wouldn't come. And before I knew it - I was working right up to deadline - sorry Mona - but I got there.
I decided to try and make a card that's out of my comfort zone. My cards tend towards clean and simple, and while I do have some layers, there are not usually many. I love the shabby chic and vintage styles, but I'm not very successful with them. Something that I've seen on lots of the cards entered for CR84FN challenges is stitching - I think it looks great and adds texture. Be kind to me - it's the first time I've tried stitching on card!!
Oh yes, I should mention that I've used the sketch layout from this week's Just Us Girls - JUGS91 challenge for this card. I've been quite faithful to the sketch layout too.
I started off by cutting out two base cards in red and pink and rounding the corners. I then cut some fabric (free from one of the craft magazines) to go on top. Pink gingham for the red card and red hearts for the pink card. I taped the fabric into place and then added some stitching - eek! It's not perfect by any means, but I'm reasonably pleased how it turned out. I have to get some better thread - a bit thicker and I have to play quite a bit more. I also need to get a selection of different coloured threads.
I used the lovely Lotus Pendant to cut out the base layer on the main part of card (do love this shape) and a smaller pink mat using the heart circles. I had planned to use those strawberries for my main image, but in the end I turned to my favourite rose. Stamped it three times, coloured with Promarkers and then layered up. The smaller accent circles were also made using nesties. I added a simple sentiment directly onto the gingham fabric. This card is for my Mum - just because I love her!
Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Roses in Bloom, Festive Foliage
Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Distress - Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint
Spellbinders: Foliage (S4-328), Heart Circles (S4-316) #2, Lotus Pendant (S4-269), Classic Circles Sm (S4-116) #2
Promarkers: Poppy, Lipstick Red, Salmon Pink
Accessories: Card from stash; Fabric free with craft magazine
I took a close up photo of the rose and you can really see the depth. More importantly, you can see that I really did stitch the card - zig-zag and running stitch!