Monday, September 1, 2008

For You Floral

This will be known as my Hurricane Gustav card. I spent all day yesterday watching and listening to a Louisiana broadcast online of the coming hurricane while I was stamping (still watching). I had a hard time focusing on this card as my mother-in-law and brother-in-law are in Louisiana weathering the storm (they're doing fine, though). So please forgive its imperfections. My mind was quite distracted, but I needed to do something with myself. So I stamped, of course.

I began with a black cs base, but the Mellow Moss cs is where the card opens. I stamped the SU Hand Stitched background stamp in VersaMark ink on the Mellow Moss. After stamping the "For You" sentiment in Basic Black ink on Real Red, I ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.

I punched the edges on the floral Anna Griffin paper and the black with the Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch and ran the floral paper through the Cuttlebug using the Traffic Jam folder. I was careful to line it up above the lacy edge. I used Dimensionals between the floral and the black and the red. Probably too many Dimensionals! lol

I used the Crop-a-Dile to punch the holes and set the eyelets. That was a bit tricky and they aren't lined up perfectly. I added the plaid ribbon and adhered the whole mess to the Mellow Moss cs.

For the girl, I stamped her in Basic Black ink on Vanilla cs. Using a water brush, I painted her dress with Ruby Red ink, going over it several times in some places to add depth. I used a white gel pen to whiten her collar, sash and sleeve edge. I used Mellow Moss and So Saffron inks to paint the grass. The flowers and butterflies are in So Saffron (marker). I used the Blush Blossom marker to paint her skin and Close to Cocoa to do the tiny bit of her hair.

I ran the girl piece through the Cuttlebug using a plain oval Nestie. Then I dry embossed the edge. I ran the black cs through using a scallop Nestie. I paper pierced the black scallop using a straight pin and the mat pack cushion after attaching the girl piece with Dimensionals (I find it easier to paper pierce the scallops that way).

Close-up of paper piercing:

Thanks for looking! Be safe if you're in this hurricane or are waiting it out elsewhere. God be with you!

Stamps: SU Hand Stitched, SU Summer By the Sea, CTMH Spunky Greetings

CS: Black, Mellow Moss, Real Red, Anna Griffin floral (AG 024), Vanilla

Inks: VersaMark, Basic Black, Ruby Red, Mellow Moss, So Saffron

Other: Cuttlebug Traffic Jam and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Martha Stewart "Doily Lace" punch, Oval plain and scallop Nestabilities, Crop-a-Dile, Black eyelets, Dimensionals, Water brush, Plaid ribbon, Straight pin, Mat pack cushion, Blush Blossom marker, Close to Cocoa marker, So Saffron marker, White gel pen


Far North said...

Beautiful card! I would never have thought of using the traffic jam EP. Thanks for sharing with the CB flicker group! Sending prayers and good thoughts to all in LA!

Kim said...

Thank you!

Linda Carson said...

Quite LOVELY! Glad your family is safe.

Doris said...

Our prayers for a less severe storm have been answered! Your card is gorgeous--love the depth of color.

Kathie Bailey said...

Kim,this is just lovely. So feminine.

Michele Kovack said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love your coloring.....beautiful!