Monday, 19 April 2010

Opulent inchies

It's my mum's birthday today - Happy Birthday Mum! I really struggled with a card for her this year for some reason, three attempts went into the circular file before I decided I'd use this week's sketch from Inchie INKlings and finally made something I felt I could put in an envelope and send!

I was trying for a rich and opulent look here - mums deserve a little luxury every now and again, don't you think? I used gold acrylic paint on the inchies and dry brushed a tiny bit of black on there to give a sort of aged, speckled appearance to the background. The poppies are coloured with Copics - it's a single stamp that was masked and repeated to give me two blooms on the design. I picked up a tiny bit of gold paint on my fingertip and rubbed over the Cuttlebug embossing as well. The base layer has a couple of the stamps from the set stamped in black on the chocolate brown for some subtle pattern.

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Botanical Bliss (All Things Considered line)
Cursive Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments line)


Paper:
Simply Heavy Chocolate (CHF)
Simply Linen Natural (CHF)
White chipboard inchies

Ink:
Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)

Other:
Gold acrylic paint
Copic markers
Embossing folder by Cuttlebug (Textile Texture)
Sewing machine and thread

Thanks for stopping by!

18 comments:

tracy said...

very nice joanne :) love the rich look :)

Kathy said...

This card is soooo lovely Joanne - and the way you've stamped the tiles sounds very clever indeed to Mrs Don'tStamp!

Karen said...

This is lovely Joanne. You really are inspiring me with those inchies! Hope your Mum has a lovely birthday XXX

Julie said...

Happy Birthday, Mum! She will love this, Joanne! Your cards are always so beautiful, and this one IS especially rich and luxurious--well done!

Hope you--and your Mum--have a wonderful day!

Harriet Hensley said...

Beautiful, beautiful card.... Your mum will love this card....

Harriet

iriseyes said...

Yes, Mums do deserve all the luxury they can get, I think! This card is gorgeous, Joanne - I love the idea of the gold paint on the embossing - so elegant. TFS

Eveline said...

You made your mother a very beautiful card.
Eveline.

Sid said...

Very gorgeous and opulent card, the inchies are just so lovely and the embossing highlighted with gold is eyecatching !

Lucy Edmondson said...

Gorgeous, I bet she will love it!

Lucy x

Tejal said...

Such an elegant card...I'm sure she will love it...I just love the look of this..

Tejal

Janice said...

Lovely stamping Joanne. Those family cards are always so difficult!

Suzie said...

That is stunning Joanne!

Patty said...

I love the tile effect!

Lottie said...

B R I L L I A N T - your mum will absolutely love it. Must have a go at an inchies card

Kim said...

Love it!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

This is gorgeous Joanne and I'm sure Mum loved it!! So rich & luxurious ... just perfect!! As is all your lovely designs!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Gorgeous card, so rich in colour and texture, very special!

Gez said...

Absolutely stunning Joanne. I bet your mum loved it. :)