Wednesday 19 February 2014

Shabby chic(ish)

This is about as close as I'm likely to get to shabby chic and it just kind of evolved that way. I made the embellishment and then had no end of trouble figuring out how to use it!

If you choose to play along with the DT on the Pan Pastels challenge blog this week, the challenge is to use a stencil to create an embellishment (details here). It sounded like a challenging challenge and I'm up for that so I had a go!

I used a piece of metal from a tomato paste tube, cut with a Cuttlebug die (it started life as a tag but I snipped off the hanging loop as part of the evolution process!). On the back, I drew inside the circles of a sequin waste mask with a knitting needle, flipped it over and squashed the centres of the raised circles and refined it (again with the knitting needle!) to give a sort of rim. The whole lot is stuck to a piece of mount  board and bashed with an embossing stylus for a beaten metal look. I used a bit of Copic ink to colour the centres of the circles and a dot of Glossy Accents for an enamelled finish. So far, so good - I liked the way it turned out.

Then I faffed for a couple of days and nothing looked right. I eventually ended up with this and I'm still not entirely happy but I decided to say enough is enough and call it done!

I used Versamark through the same sequin mask and added Pan Pastel on the card front. Then I added more Versmark and more pastel at the bottom for more solid coverage. The rose has some turquoise Pan Pastel brushed over the edges.

Tomato paste tube
Cuttlebug Tags die
Sequin Waste Mask by Tando Creative
Say It All stamp set by Hero Arts
Delicata Golden Glitz ink by Tsukineko
Copic Various ink (Holiday Blue)
Pan Pastels (Phthalo Green Tint, Turquoise)
Glossy Accents
Vintage Lace Decorative Strip Die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Rose by Wild Orchid Crafts

Thanks for stopping by!


Effie said...

Sometimes you just have to step away.... It's a lovely technique, looks like a piece of Renaissance jewellery ...

Kaz said...

It's beautiful Joanne, I love your attention to detail xxx

jill said...

Lovely card

Kath said...

It is annoying when you are not totally happy with something, however, I think you are being over critical. I think it is a lovely card and I love the embellishment. It is unusual, original and very distinctive.

Kathy said...

I think its fab, Joanne - and worth the effort! If I had a £1 for every time I've made a background OR embellishment I like and then spent hours trying to decide what to do next! I guess we're all the same when it comes to it

Unknown said...

That is beautiful and really clever. Especially the copper topper.

It truly is brilliant

Traceyr said...

Oh Joanne it is lovely the colours all come together and make it gel. It is a beautful card. :)

Pauline said...

Beautiful! Clean, crisp, and I love the relation of the dotted background to the focal point, so cool!

Anonymous said...

I love the meal embellishment and think it adds to the card. Love the colours you have combined.
Lynn xx

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card Joanne and a gorgeous embellishment made from something normally just thrown away! x

Tracy said...

It sure turned out a beauty Joanne, thanks so much for joining us over at PCB and good luck.