Sunday 11 October 2009

Autumnal Thanks!

I needed to make a thank you card and a had a couple of things churning around in my head that got translated into this project!

Hels posted a card made with a technique using spray starch and Perfect Pearls and the Tanda Teaser challenge this week was a colour combo - russet and gold.

My first play with the starch was a bit feeble so I Googled and found a posting on a forum that made me think I should have just dumped the Perfect Pearls straight on the foamy starch rather than waiting for the bubbles to subside. Much better! Then rather than doing the embossing technique that inspired me in the first place, I decided to cut a couple of leaves as embellishments from my pearl covered piece. I used an embossing stylus to give them some "oomph" by making lines for veins on the front of the leaf and then flipping it over and using little circular motions to dome out the sections between the veins.

The final element churning around in my head was that I've been loving the way Julia Stainton uses this freesia stamp in a kind of "supporting role" way rather than necessarily making it the star of the show so the stamping on the sentiment panel was inspired by that.

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Fancy Thank You
Fine Houndstooth Scrapblock®

Cryogen white
Black (for the leaves)

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso and Latte)

Labels Four Nestabilities by Spellbinder
Pearls by Kaiser (tinted with Copic marker)
Vintage Lace
Grosgrain ribbon
Skeleton leaves
Spray starch
Perfect Pearls (Copper and Gold)
Sewing machine and thread
Thanks for stopping by!


Unknown said...

What a beautiful card Joanne. I originally thought the leaves were real!

I had to go and Google the Spray Starch technique too.

Thanks for the new technique.


Karen said...

WOW I thought those leaves were real too Joanne!!! Beautiful card XXX

Anonymous said...

those leaves are stunning...I had 2 look twice as I thought they were real too - another beauty Joanne x

Janice said...

Clever, clever technique on the leaves. I just can't believe that you had some spray starch in the house! Unless, of course, you went out and bought it solely for crafting purposes lol!

Unknown said...

I thought the leaves were real too ... a fabulous card!

Hearts Turned said...

You're a genius, Joanne! Beautiful card! Your leaves are gorgeous! I need to try that technique...thanks!

Jean Franks Beck said...

Wow and more wow!!! Stunning.

Hels Sheridan said...

Fabulous! Love those leaves, they are so realistic looking...I tried to wait til the starch had sunk in but the pearls just stuck to the top so I found that putting loads of starch on the card and immediately using the pearls worked better..and spraying over the pearls looks pretty lush too :O))

brenda said...

Stunning card Joanne, thanks for sharing the details.

B x

Scrappy~Sarah said...

really are those leaves not real!! Wow --- a beautiful card in all and those leaves are a stunner :) TFS

Minxy said...

What a fab card.. and those leaves look so real x

Net said...

That's lovely - very elegant.

Kaz said...

Yes I'm another one in the 'I thought those were real leaves' camp. Beautiful card and I love the skeleton leaf you tucked between them too. xx

tracy said...

beautiful card joanne:) will go and google that techinique-never heard of it!

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful card with fabulous clever techniques.

sam21ski said...

Lovely card, fab leaves and I jut love the colours in this piece xxx

Caroline said...

Gorgeous Joanne...and thank you....x