Well, it took me a little longer today than I expected, but I DID manage to get something pretty made to share with you! :)
I actually sat down at the table and tried to get my mojo going again by finishing up some left over cards from a class I had recently, but that wasn't inspiring me too much. Even been there? Yep, you probably all have! So I was like, what now? What to do, what to do........
So, my eye fell on a jar of Black Embossing Powder that was on the table and that was my starting point for this card:
I started wondering what could I emboss in black without being depressing? Music, of course! So, I grabbed my Music Notes wheel and my Wheel Guide (so I'd roll it straight!) and inked up the wheel with Versamark. I rolled it twice across a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" that I'd rubbed with my Embossing Buddy - to prevent static which would put Black Embossing Powder in places that it didn't belong! No one wants that!
Next, I dumped the black powder over the stamped music notes (I could have told you I gently poured it over, but that would be lying because just about the whole container dumped out on my poor card when I was applying it! Sheesh!) Anyway, after tapping off the excess and embossing with my Heat Tool, I had some lovely black music notes. Now what to do with that?
Hmmm. I knew I didn't want this card to be masculine or depressing so I pulled out my Because I Care stamp set that hadn't seen ink in ages! I inked up the big, beautiful Hydrangea stamp with Crumb Cake and did some random stamping all over the card front with it. LOVE how that turned out! I also sponged the edges with Crumb Cake because, well, because I just had to, that's why. I dunno, just go with it.
So, what to do about color? I didn't want bright or somber, but something soft and warm, so I went with two greens - Pear Pizzazz from the Botanical Gazette DSP and Always Artichoke Seam Binding. I punched four scallops out of the green DSP with my 1 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch and crumpled them all up to age them a bit. Then I sprayed on a little Gold Smooch Spray - it's just not showing up well in the photos.
Here's a close up of the "flower" and the ribbon treatment:
I punched a hole in the four scallops and ran my ribbon through them from the back after I'd slipped it under the folded card front. I cinched it up and tied the bow on top of the "flower" so the ribbon would be pretty on the inside of the card too and not have unfinished ends. The Antique Brad presented a problem attaching it until I took a pair of wire cutters and snipped off the prongs. Ha! That'll teach it! It's stuck down with Mini-Glue Dots just like the little banner I stamped with Teeny Tiny Wishes.
And here, see - I even stamped a little on the inside of the card:
It was wonderful to sit down and create again from scratch! Hard getting started, but really great to create something that I love. And I do love this card. I'd also love to know what you think about it too, so leave me a comment and share, ok?
I'll be back tomorrow with something else pretty for you - don't know what yet, but I'll be back - I promise!