Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Beady-eyed

This week's DCM dare is set by Saffa who wanted us to make a card featuring beads.



This card started out as something completely different and sort of turned into the DCM dare card as I worked on it! I used the Cuttlebug Textile Texture folder to emboss black cardstock and then rubbed over with gold metallic wax. I think it looks sort of like those beautiful embossed brass plates and bowls you see in Middle Eastern or North African settings.

The plaque is thick packaging card which is triple embossed to give it an enamelled look. I wrote the greeting with a gel pen and use clear embossing powder to 'set' it and used a brass brad to fix it to the card. I made the butterfly using the body from an old broken brooch and drew markings with a gel pen onto black card hand cut into the wing shapes.

Last but not least, the all-important bead is the brass barrel hanging on the embroidery silk tassle at the base of the plaque.

17 comments:

mum on the run said...

Gorgeous card, very plush!

Kathy said...

This is lovely, so exotic and rich looking.
If this is the sort of effect you get, I'm going to have to get those darned metallic rubons out again and have (yet) another bash with them, aren't I?

deb said...

This is lovely, really rich looking.

Rainbow Lady said...

Oh that is co clever and made a lovely card. Well done. Love the colours too.
Love Cynthia x

Rainbow Lady said...

What a mess I made of that it should be so clever silly me.
Cynthia x now even clever looks wrong!!!

manicstamper said...

Gorgeous.......love what you did with the embossed background.

Jackie said...

That's lovely Joanne. I keep looking at my rub ons in the drawer and wondering why I bought them. Might just give them a try now.

PS You've been tagged (my first, please be kind)

Di W said...

I love the elegance and richness of the card. Well done you!!

Natty said...

Wow that's really effective with the gold rubbed in. Makes it look very exotic and very beautiful! :o)

Anna said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I love the cards on your blog.

Anna said...

Joanne,

Thanks for your kind comment. The petals on my flower card were achieved by just curving the edges to get the right effect. I used a small watercolour brush handle just to curve it a little bit more.

Penny said...

This is lovely and rich looking, and you are right, just like middle eastern ornate pieces. Gorgeous work!

Gillian Hamilton said...

Joanne your embossed BG looks amazing, Brilliant work on achieving this effect, and your card is just so lovely :O)

Lynne.x said...

Joanne your card is gorgeous. I love the affect you've got with the
embossing plate an wax.

Tassycrafty said...

This is a stunning card! I love it.
x

Louly said...

Hi Joanne, what a fab card. very stylish.
P.S. I've tagged you, please have a look on my blog for details.
X Lou X

Patsy Jackson said...

Hi Joanne

I love this latest card - I have this embossing plate and have yet to use it!

BTW, I hope you don't mind but I borrowed your idea for the shaped wedding card and embossing - it'll be on my blog tomorrow but I'll give you full credit. Hope that's OK :)

Patsy x