Thursday, April 5, 2012

November 2010: Art Contest Honorable Mention

Each month Stampin' Up! has a couple of categories that you can send in cards for in hopes of earning free stamp sets as well as being published in their monthly business magazine. Typically I don't send cards in, but I am part of a demonstrator card swap group where if you send in an extra card it will get mailed in to Stampin' Up!'s corporate office. I've seen my cards on the display boards at Convention and Regionals, which is a great honor, but hadn't ever won anything. So it was a complete surprise when I was contacted by Stampin' Up! about winning an honorable mention for November 2010. My name was featured in the magazine, I won a free stamp set of my choice and my card was featured on the online extras on the website.

I had actually forgotten all about this card, as I didn't make any extras. Surfing the web last night I came across my card on another demonstrator's website. Now that I have a blog, I figured I would post it.

Amour Card:

Fortunately the website lists all the supplies that I used to make it, so I don't have to remember from a year and a half ago! Stamp set is Artistic Etchings. Cardstock is Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Whisper White. I threw in some Newsprint Designer Series Paper that I distressed with ink and my distressing tool.

The one thing I used in here that I don't typically on a card was the Decor Stencils. It was a fairly new product for Stampin' Up! at the time and I wanted to see how it could be incorporated into a card. I like being able to use my products in more than just one way. Plus I was not about to start stenciling my walls! :) By tacking the stencil to the whisper white cardstock with removable spray adhesive, I sponged Crumb Cake ink. The stencil allows you to control how much or how little ink will appear.

In order to really make the Eiffel Tower and Amour sentiment stand out, I first inked the images in VersaMark, then in Early Espresso ink before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock. This allowed the images to have the color I wanted and the stickiness so I could emboss. I used Crystal Clear embossing powder and heated it with a heat gun which raises and gives it a shiny finish. Added a couple of brads and some 1/8" taffeta ribbon and Voila!

1 comment:

Kathy said...

I love this! It is so vintage..reminds me of the old paris vintage prints you see! Very classy and sophisticated!