ID: Challenges Mar 26,10 Faux Batik Thanks - easel card
7"w x 5"h

Created: March 26, 2010
Modified: March 27, 2010
 

Well this card started out for the theme Faux Backgrounds over on Flourishes blog , and then morphed into elements from other challenges.

Wednesday Stamper has a theme of Spring, which I think this card invokes.
The Wild Flower Patch has a theme of Ribbons & Hand Made Flowers
S2G has a theme of Buttons
Simon Says Shimmery with Easter or Spring theme
Fab 'n' Funky It's all in the Technique
Creative Cottage #3 Sparkle
Totally Paper Crafts #9 Pink & Green
Cute Card Thursday #105 create with Dimension
Quirky Crafts #24 Flowers
Crafty Cardmakers #17 Spring into Spring
Pollycraft Monday #36 Sparkly Things
Magical Crafts Fortnightly #11 Spring or Easter
Charisma Cardz #12 Spring has Sprung
The Secret Crafters #76 Pink, Green & Flowers
The Cute & Girly Spring is in the Air

 

And I used the sketch from Polka Doodles, only to realize after I made the card it also had to be black/white & 1 color... C'est la vie
 

So I went into my Background technique book that we created in a swap a couple years ago on the By Hand Artist Yahoo group. I pulled out the Faux Batik which I hadn't done in a while. Love the backgrounds I made today.

The background starts out on cream cardstock, a piece of waxed paper, really scrunched up, opened up and laid onto the cardstock, another layer of cardstock and then ironed with a hot iron (no steam). The heat transfer the wax from the waxed paper in the crumpled design. When cooled, add color. I smeared direct to paper, Distress stamp pads, Wild Honey all over, Pumice Stone, Forrest Moss & Aged Mahogany here and there. Misted liberally, then dried with a hair dryer. Ironed flat between piece of clean newsprint.

The Thanks & quote (Quietfire Design) were both stamped with Versafine Spanish Moss and embossed with Malachite, one on white cardstock and then die cut with a Spellbinder's oval die, and the other on the Bazzill cardstock floor of the easel card.

 

Cut my opening with a Labels 6 spellbinder's Die then rounded the corners with a large corner rounder.

Rubber stamped the dogwood branch (Magenta Botanicals set #CS-043) with Versafine Sepia on white cardstock, sprinkling Malachite on the leaves, and clear embossing powder on everything else. Sponging the edges with the Aged Mahogany and adding Ritz micro fine glitter "Warm Highlight" in the flowers. (hard to see in the pics). Adhered this to the back of the background.

Adhered a variegated gauze ribbon and an olive toned satin ribbon across the top area. Mounted this to the peachy salmon toned Bazzill Monochrom cardstock.

The hand made flower is cardstock I layered with paint spattered paper towels. (I always keep the paper towels I wipe my paint brushes and tools with, they end up with such glorious color combos). Used a Scalloped Spellbinde's circle (smallest one) and then made slits between the scallops, curled the edges, tied on a mother of pearl scalloped shaped button with fuchsia 2ply waxed linen thread. When adhered to the card, I pushed and formed the petals a bit more.

Added the Bee & Leaf Sprig buttons from Jesse James Dress-It-Up buttons & charms.

As a final touch and to help the card to stand I added ivory toned half pearls.

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