Thursday, March 13, 2008

Flourish and Flair

I went through a phase a few years back of making a lot of cards with a spine. As I was sitting there the other day, looking at my retiring Finials and Frames set it suddenly hit me that I could use the hinges on the spine like they were holding the card together. I went for quite a warm colour combination, so decide to also use some Aged Copper hodgepodge. I coloured the hinges to kind of match, but the colours look completely different in the photo.

The card base is Ivory Naturals cardstock, and I stamped the hinge three times along the folded edge using Chocolate Chip ink. I then carefully coloured them in with a Really Rust marker, going over certain sections to make them darker and appear more in shadow. The main part of the card also uses Ivory Naturals, stamped with stamps from Carte Postale, Finest Flourishes and French Flair in VersaMark, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip. Some images were stamped off on scrap paper and then reinked in parts to get a more mottled, aged look. I then lightly sponged over most of the card with Creamy Caramel to make the central motif and sentiment stand out a bit more. This has been mounted to a piece of Cranberry Crisp cardstock, mounted to the cardstock and then I added the hodgepodge and a bit of stitched Cranberry ribbon to finish it off. I trimmed about 1cm off the right side of the cardfront so the photo turn acted as a closure.

All products are by Stampin' Up! and available for purchase through me. Don't forget your last chance to order items on the retiring list is March 31st (unless sold out). The Summer mini, which features both Carte Postale and French Flair, also ends on March 31st.

5 comments:

Rebecca Munro said...

This is really beautiful - I love the antique look. :)

Alana Galagher - Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator said...

This is great Carol. I love how you have done the hinges!

Angela said...

LOVE IT! I'm so sad Finials & Frames are going. Now that I've seen your card I think I'll keep my set. ;)

cdaly said...

Gorgeous Carol, I just love how you have made this. You are very artistic and have such an individual interpretation on your cards.

Debbie Olson said...

This is fabulous! I love your spine and hinges!