Monday, 21 April 2008

A shabby rose card - with a new ribbon use thrown in!

First an announcement: Alison and I held a prize draw at the papercraft show yesterday and, at the end of the day, drew a winner. The winner is Mrs L. Winfield and I’ll be posting her prize of a fabulous Stampin’ Up!® stamp set today.

Now for details of the card, which is the one I demonstrated yesterday. It was quite a complicated (and messy) card to demonstrate at a tiny table but people seemed to like it. Either that or they were just being polite!

First I wheeled along the bottom of the card with the Watercolour Vine wheel, using the Mellow Moss cartridge. As this is a paler colour than the cardstock (Always Artichoke) it’s left a very subtle image.

Next I used the direct-to-paper technique to ink up the edges of the card, and used scissors to rough up the bottom edge of the card to give it a shabby chic look. To give the card a bit of lift, I attached a narrow strip of Rose Red cardstock behind the distressed edge.

I stamped the main image with Roses in Winter. It’s a two-step stamp set and, to make the first impression paler, I “stamped off” on scrap paper first. Again I inked and distressed the edges of the cardstock. Please click here for more about the techniques used on this card.

Here's the bonus use of ribbon: the ribbon goes all the way round the card and is joined behind the image. I threaded a piece of Hodgepodge Hardware® on to the ribbon before joining it then threaded a short piece of ribbon through the ribbon that goes over the top of the hardware and tied a simple knot.

I added the layered image using Stampin’ Dimensionals® and, finally, as the hardware is loose on the ribbon, I slid it along so that it was exactly where I wanted it.

Stamps: Roses in Winter (p47), Watercolour Vine wheel (p89)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss (cartridge)
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware® - Pewter, ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon – Always Artichoke, Stampin’ Around® Jumbo Handle (p83)

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  1. Pretty card and the distressing looks good.

  2. So, so pretty! I'm sad RIW is gone for those of us in the US.

  3. Roses in Winter is such a pretty set! It goes perfectly with the shabby look. Beautiful, Helen!

  4. Gorgeous! Love your shabby rose and the way you used the ribbon!!!

  5. That is beautiful! I love 2-step stamping. SU has stuck awesome stuff!!

  6. Lovely card. Isn't it funny that the winner of your prize has the word 'win' in her name?! Bet she was thrilled! CC

  7. LOVE that rose! Your card and its colors set it off beautifully

  8. Totally gorgeous card. Great colors, beautiful rose, and clever use of the ribbon.

  9. This is soo pretty and one of my all time fave stamp sets ;o)

  10. Wonderful card! The distressing looks awesome with this timeless rose!


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