Friday, August 20, 2010

VC Hop #4 ~ Etchings

If you are following the VC Rocks blog hop, you should have arrived here from Donna's blog ~ High Altitude Creations. That is a beautiful card; I think I'll have to get that stamp set. If you are one of my much appreciated regular followers and started here, feel free to join in on the hop to see some very talented crafters sharing their projects.

If you encounter a broken link or want to start at the beginning of the hop go to VC Rocks home page to see the complete list of bloggers sharing their talents in this hop.

For my projects, I decided to use the new stamp set Artistic Etchings. I also wanted to use a classic, and I think, sophisticated color combination - Black, White and Red.

The new Antique Brads and Patterns Designer Paper Stack in Neutrals were a good ch
oice to go with the stamp set and what I had envisioned. This paper stack has some fabulous patterns to work with and I felt that this one fit the style I was going for perfectly.
I gave the Antique Brad a little zing by coloring the middle with a Sharpie marker.

The supplies I used:
  • Stamps: Artistic Etchings
  • Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red cardstock, Patterns DSP stack Neutrals
  • Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
  • Accessories: Antique Brads, Raven Lace Trim, Red Sharpie Marker, Black Detail Embossing Powder, Sponges, Heat tool, Paper Piercer and mat.
Here is the recipe:
  • The card base is Basic Black cut length wise to measure 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2".
  • Cut the Pattern DSP to 4" x 5 1/4" and sponge the edges with Basic Black Ink.
  • Stamp the word Amour from the set with Versamark in the bottom right corner of the DSP and emboss with the black embossing powder. Adhere to card base.
  • Stamp the Eiffel Tower on a piece of Whisper White cs that measures 1 7/8" x 3 1/8" . The Real Red mat measures 2" x 3 1/4", and the basic black mat is 2 1/8" x 3 3/8". Adhere together.
  • Color the center of the Vintage brad with the red sharpie marker, place a 1 1/2" to 2" piece of Raven lace between the prongs of the brad. Using your paper piercer poke a hole through all three layers of the image piece and then place in the brad. Adjust and trim the lace as necessary. Adhere the piece to your card.
I have REALLY been neglecting my scrapbooking for quite a while, so I thought for my second project I would do a quick 6" x 6" page to help get me in gear again. I used the same color combo and most of the same basic supplies as my card. This patterned paper is from the Love Letter DSP.
Using the red sharpie again, I colored the new Jewels Basic Pearls and they turned out great! I think they are a perfect accent on the DSP. Here is a close-up. I love how they still keep their iridescent shine through the color.

Supplies I used:
  • Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla cardstock, Love Letter DSP
  • Ink: Basic Black
  • Accessories: Antique Brads, Jewels Basic Pearls, Raven Lace Trim, Red Sharpie Marker, Sponges, Craft tweezers, Paper piercer and mat.
The recipe:
  • The page base is Basic Black cardstock cut to 6" x 6".
  • Cut the Love Letter DSP to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". Adhere a 6" piece of Raven lace to the bottom of the DSP.
  • With your paper piercer, poke a hole behind the lace strip on your DSP, where you would like your brad located. Place 3 pieces of Raven lace, approximately 2" in length, between the prongs of the Antique Brad.
  • With the smaller lace strips in place and a prong on each side of the lace strip on the paper, push the prongs through the hole. Adjust and trim the smaller lace pieces as needed.
  • The striped vanilla DSP was cut to 1 3/4" x 6" so that the flourished design was down the middle of the piece. I then sponged the edges with black ink.
  • While still on their protective backing, color the smallest individual pearls on the sheet with the red sharpie. Using the craft tweezers to help with placement, adhere the pearls to the center of the design. Adhere the strip to the layout.
  • For the photo mat, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to 3 1/4" by 3 1/2" and sponged the edges with black ink. The black mat is 3 3/8" x 3 5/8". Adhere together and then to the layout.

Well, I hope that you enjoyed my projects and will come back to visit me soon. Right now though, there are many more wonderful creations to see, and the next stop on the hop is Shirley's blog ~ Stamper Shirley. She has a fun little project for you.



Loni said...

Black, White, Red ~ always a great combo. Thanks for your participation in the Hops and for sharing your beautiful work. Hugs, Loni

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

ooOOoo, these are so eye-catching, Kym! Thanks for all the sharpie tips--they really are the finishing touches!

Elizabeth said...

So pretty!! And I thought that black lace would only work for Halloween. Great use of all those elements. Have a blessed day!

Terri said...

Kym, love your projects & your right all the right details for the card & page. Gotta get me some of that paper forgot to add it to my order.

Deborah said...

Both projects are great. I really, really like the scrapbook page. I need to get busy there too.

Tina said...

Very pretty. I love how you used the embellishments!


Veronica said...

Gorgeous card and layout! You are so right about the DSP! I'm adding it to my wish list.

Patrice said...

What an amazing use of color! I have always loved this combination but you took it over the top I must say :)! THANKS for the idea of using a Sharpie on the pearls (You are so creative).

Tessa said...

Love them! I really need to try coloring with my sharpies-in designer brads AND on the pearls! SOOO pretty! TFS!

creations by jackie said...

Gorgeous card, love the black and white. Awesome scrapbook page, loved the layout. Thanks for sharing in todays hop.

Tory said...

I love the DSP you used on both cards. I was debating the Love Letters and this pushed me right on over the fence! LOL

Lori said...

I spent like 10 minutes looking at the card, forwarding idea to a friend & looking for products. Then I scroll down & see the scrapbook page. I love this look. Very elegant!

Carolyn Sharkas said...

Wow! Love the card, the color combo is classic and you made it ZING!

The scrapbook page, well, I have no words, believe it or not, lol.
Stunning, is about all I can say.

Thanks for sharing.

Kimm BT said...

really like the antique brad touch on this card!

Amanda Mertz said...

I love your projects! They are very elegant and I agree with you about the color combo. Thanks for the tip about coloring the pearls. TFS!

Sassy Shirley said...

Kym, I never thought of using Sharpie markers on the brads and pearls ... thanx for the heads up! Love your card and scrap page.

Brandy said...

Ooh, I didn't know you could color the pearls! Love it!

Anonymous said...

I love that color combo! And the buttons go so well.

Brenda said...

Wow -- I loved your card, but your scrapbook page is simply adorable. Loved what you did with the pearls.

Alexandria said...

This is beautiful, Kym!! I love black, white and red together and I love the way you colored the pearls!

Angela Walters said...

Very elegant! I love how you colored the inside of the brad!


Anonymous said...

Whate great creations! Very nice work!

Shari said...

So very Parisian! Love the DSP papers you used.

Unknown said...

So pretty! Thanks for the Sharpie tip--that's a great idea!

angieh29 said...

Great idea for the pretty pearls! Love your layout!!

Lois said...

Awesome projects....I'm now convinced that I NEED this set...going to put on my list for my next order. TFS

The Country Rose said...

Beautiful card! I REALLY LOVE your 6x6 page!