Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Penny Black Week 57 ~ Swirls & Copic Creations Challenge 8 ~ Botanicals

I fell in love with this stamp after seeing a wonderful card my blogging friend Brenda made with it (visit her blog here). The stamp is called "Love Blush" and since it's a Penny Black stamp, I though I would use it for this week's challenge ... which is to add swirls to a project. I'm also using this card for Copic Creations Challenge ~ Botanicals. Links to both challenge sites are on the right side panel of my blog.

I wanted the swirls to subtle, but didn't have a swirly background stamp. Sigh, now what to do? Then I remembered I could make a stamp using my Cricut. With the stamp material, a really sticky mat and the deep cut blade, I cut a swirly design using the Storybook cartridge. This is the first time I've tried making a stamp and it worked perfectly ... if you haven't tried this yet, I highly recommend it!! Using my 'new' stamp on an acrylic block and VersaMark Dazzle ink in Champagne, I stamped swirls on navy cardstock.

Then I colored my stamped image with Copics (I'm secretly quite proud of how it turned out) ... layered the image on a digital paper from a Designer Digitals set called Sweetest Thing ... and added the frosted Martha Stewart gems, which, just by luck, match the striped paper perfectly.

This is a birthday card, and is 5.5" square, so I added the navy satin ribbon, hoping it would look somewhat like a birthday present. So, how'd I do? Let me know ...

13 comments:

~BridgetL~ said...

your card turned out beautiful. Great job on making your own stamp.

brenda said...

Oh Jo, it's stunning, I love what you have done with it - that's what's go good about crafting, everyones take with the same product can be so different. And that's for the mention :)who are very welcome.

B x

Donna said...

Saw your stampt you cut with your Cricut and had to visit your blog. What beautiful card you make, I can see some scraplifting coming LOL.

Saskia said...

Beautiful card! So elegant!

Saskia :)

Banu said...

Very pretty card. Loved the coloring, your stamp, the ribbon :D beautiful.

Rach said...

A beautiful card, so elegant. love the large ribbon that you have used. hugs rachxx

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love how you did the background and this color combo is so rich and elegant. Thanks for joining us in the copic creations challenge!

Kath said...

this is so beautiful Jo...love the colour combo..gorgeous image and that to die for ribbon.......thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC...Hugs Kath xxxx

Jane Wetzel said...

OMG! This is just gorgeous! My dh sends me yellow roses for everything and this is what I thought of when looking!! Nice job on the coloring! tfs!

mycardz said...

WOW! This is beautiful! Thanks so much for joining the Copics challenge! :)

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

What a lovely card, Jo. This turned out so pretty.
Thanks for joining our CC Botanicals Challenge.

Margie said...

BRILLIANT! The VersaMark dazzle ink looks terrific on that paper and the image and your coloring are wonderful! Another beautiful card, Jo!

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