Sunday, February 8, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 172 and AAACards Challenge

Two posts in one day? Yup!! I want to get this in before a deadline tomorrow so decided to post again today.

I created the card below using Freshly Made Sketch 172 and AAA Cards theme challenge: "Love, Love, Love" as my inspiration. I also kind of cheated. I used the design team's Jen Mitchell as an inspiration too. The card she created for this challenge was stunning.

I apologize for the brightness of this card. The pink on that heart is not quite as florescent in real life, though it is bright.

Before I even started this card, I knew I wanted to use the heart die cut from Simon Says Stamp. I also wanted to attempt to make the heart appear "wispy" like the image below that was on AAA Cards blog.

I die cut the heart from white card stock and then dipped it into a watered down pearlescent pink paint, pearlescent white paint and a pink re-inker I had. I actually made four hearts like this, some even had some blue, but this heart was my favorite of the four that I created. You should have seen my hands when this was all done-what a MESS!! 

While the effect was not as "wispy" as I wanted, I think the heart came out pretty good. 

From there, I followed Freshly Made Sketches Sketch 172.

I dry embossed a piece of white card stock and then stamped different colored paint splotches in pink using My Favorite Thing's "Abstract Art" set. (I literally copied the idea of the paint splotches, as well as using the tag the way I did from Jen Mitchell's card.)

I then adhered a piece of patterned paper strip over the top of the card front. I die cut a tag out of white, tied white ribbon and twine at the top and layered the heart, a stamped banner and a gold heart die cut. The last step was to adhere the tag element to the card.

I am going to admit that there is a TON of white space on this card but I really did not want to add another color in with those pinks. It would be too much.

I like how this came out. There are a few things I would do differently, though. I would stamp the paint splotches before I dry embossed. Rookie mistake but I was in a hurry to get this done. 

I thank you for stopping by. Again, have a great night!!

P.S. While I have been writing this post, my dog has been pacing and whining. He is an attention hog and everyone but me is upstairs with the door shut. Zack finally gave up and this is where he is now:



Diane said...

Absolutely darling design Nora, love the heart, background and trim.
I see Zack is enjoying himself.

Hugs Diane

Kristie Goulet said...

I love your take on the sketch. That heart is one of my favorites and I love it in the colors you used.

Karen said...

I love those white embossed cross-stitched hearts. Lovely card.

Linda Callahan said...

Wow the heart is fabulous! And I love the embossed effect as well! Glad you shared it at FMS!

Kim Heggins said...

Absolutely gorgeous all the beautiful white space with the pretty colors, just beautiful.

Karren said...

That sketchy heart looks fabulous in those colors! Great take on the sketch. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Taunya Butler said...

This is amazing and I am super impressed with how sweetly and cooly this card meets the challenges!! Wow - the colors are exquisite and all the fine details you added just make this a winner card!!! Have a fantastic day!!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love this your color combo is fun! Thanks for joining in at AAA

Deepti said...

I love this, those cross stitch hearts is so cool

Stamping Smiles Designs said...

Another fabulous card! The cross stitched hearts looks so fun and pretty! You are so talented and very creative!