Monday, March 7, 2011

Revisiting an Old Product

Hello! It's Monday....a new week, a new challenge, and a new card. But first I need to explain the title...

Several years ago when I taught scrapbooking classes my fingers always were covered in brown be specific, Ranger's Van Dyke brown ink. I was known to distress anything that came across my table..altered clipboards, cardstock, and mini albums. There were very few items I created that weren't edged in Van Dyke brown.

Then I began to make cards, stamping images, and coloring with alcohol markers. I started out with Prisma markers and then graduated to Copics. The images I color are stamped usually on white paper, and most of my cards are brightly colored. Over time the brown distress ink moved to the bottom of my supply drawer, and my fingers lost their brown stains...until yesterday when I made this card.

After I had colored the image I began to look for paper to finish the card. Every piece of designer paper I liked for the image had brown tones and a distressed look. The image, stamped and colored on bright white paper, just did not look right with the distressed papers. (Light bulb moment!) I grabbed my distress ink and began to color the edges of the image paper. The vision I had for the card was coming together! I then layered the image with several pieces of designer paper and cardstock, added staples, twine, and Washi tape to finish the look. I really like how it looks; however, I wish now that I had distressed the edges of the image paper to give it a torn look. I also wish I had sewn around the image. Oh well...another day, another card.**

**Be sure to check the card at the bottom of the post.
Card Recipe:
Stampavie Sarah Kay "Lynette Collecting her Vegetables" stamp
X Press IT blending paper
Memento tuxedo black ink
Copic markers
YR 20, 23,31
E00,11, 13,15,17, 31,33,35
R02,05,08, 24
V20(new color) V91,93,95
YG 61 (new color)YG63, 67
G20, 21, 24,40,82,85
October Afternoon designer paper
Flair Designs designer paper
Bo Bunny designer paper
Bazzill cardstock
Baker's twine
Washi tape
Ranger Distress Ink
Tim Holtz stapler

Above I mentioned a new challenge..... here is iCopic Color Challenge #20 that starts today.

You can check out details of the color challenge HERE at the iCopic Lover blog.

My personal challenge for you today is to get out an old product you haven't work with in a while and use it. It might be some acrylic paint or epoxy stickers you just had to have...or those cute buttons you've been saving or that 3-D embellishment that called your name when you first saw it!! Just take it out of the package and put it on a project. Leave me a comment about what you plan to use. You're more likely to use it if you commit it to words! My next old product I plan to use is my Fastenator! Remember that tool?

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you and your comments. I read every one of them! Linda C

**I couldn't leave well enough alone and had to finish my project like I saw it in my head. Have you ever done that...took a project apart to fix it like you wanted it? Aren't we a funny group of people?


Michelle said...


Gorgeous card!! You were definitely right to distress the image panel.

Michelle :-)


Wow, this is so pretty!!!

Wanda G (stampcat) said...

Really fabulous card today Linda! Love that washi tape, the coloring...all of it came together just perfectly! Have a great week!

Beth aka BR-T said...

What a stunning card I love the great layers, distressing and paper piecing!

Michele said...

your coloring is expert! truly gorgeous. thanks for joining the "is it spring yet" challenge at the cheerful stamp pad! hope you'll join for future challenges as well. xo

Susan C. said...

(About the final project)That's the Linda I know...antiquey, distressed, homespun! You taught me well! Spring Break is coming, I need to come to the 'Boro for "therapy", will call you.
Susan Casner

Pam S. said...

cute as can be and I understand your love for Van Dyke Brown... I think they need to bring it back out in one of the Distress colors... just an awesome brown. I do love both looks though... you do both so well!
Pam Going Postal

Alyssa S said...

Adore, adore, ADORE this card!! Your coloring is AMAZING, as well as your use of the mind boggling Washi tape ;o) You could pop this in the mail to me if your heart so desires lol

Vicki Romaine said...

What a great Spring card. I love your image. Thanks for joining "Is It Spring Yet?" on the Cheerful Stamp Pad. Please come back for future challenges.