Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Project Parade Day 10 - Divine Details

Hi! Laurie here. It's my turn to share with you my project parade creation! My reaction to this month's theme (Divine Details) was two-fold. First, I was excited at the very mention of "details"...as I just love details! Then my excitement turned to worry..."What? You mean I have to have a card making process?"! LOL! After thinking about it for a while, I realized that my "non process" is actually my process! :-)


How I start varies each time I sit down to stamp...which is part of the fun for me. This time, I chose which stamp set I wanted to use first. I LOVE the Kindred Spirits set, so that choice didn't take long! :-)



I next moved on to my patterned paper selection. Truthfully, this part can take me a while...unless something just jumps out and grabs me (which is actually the case for this card). This is where I wish I had more of a process to share with you...but it turned out to be more of a "try it and see if I like it" thing. I created the tone-on-tone embossed background next (using Clear detail e.p., Versamark, & my Stamp-a-ma-jig). Once that was completed, I then changed my mind on the patterned paper and went to my cardstock drawer and pulled out some solid colors. After fiddling with them for a while, I then changed my mind again and went with the original patterned paper I had first chosen!

After I was settled (again) on the paper, I then started thinking about embellishing. I had some red rhinestones sitting out on my desk that I thought would look wonderful on the embossed emblems. I also remembered these decorative metal corners that I had in my embellishment stash, so I took one out to see how it looked on my card. After my embellishments were chosen, then I moved on to how I would lay out my card. Yep, my card "layouts" are chosen to fit my stamps AND embellishments!! LOL!

Up to this point, nothing is glued together yet. This is where I add the details: sponging the edges of my card, stitching around and distressing the outer edges of the background, adding the sentiment, and tying on the ribbon. Oh, one more thing. I want to share my "uber" scientific way I have of deciding when to pop up my layers! If I have ribbon folded under the background layer (on this card I have two different kinds), I usually use some sort of dimensional tape to pop that layer up only because it won't lay flat with the ribbon folded under it! Same with the layer I add on top of the ribbon...it won't lay flat, so I add some dimension! (I told you it was "scientific" LOL!)

Well, that's it! That's my so called "process"! :-)

Wanna play along with us? We'd love it if you did! Just make a project or card that shows us your Divine Details. Verve Stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em we love to see 'em! Then just add a link to your creation to the Mr. Linky form on the Project Parade Day 1 post before 8PM Mountain on Saturday, August 1. Two lucky participants will win a stamp set of their choice from the Verve Store. We've also hidden another $25 gift certificate somewhere along the parade for a random commenter. So if you like what you see, be sure and give a little shout out in the comments of each post! Have fun and good luck!

Recipe
Stamps: Kindred Spirits
Paper: Dark Chocolate (PTI), Scenic Route patterned paper (Sonoma Collection)
Ink: Versamark, Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Clear Detail e.p., Tim Holtz metal corner, Crochet trim (May Arts), Dark Chocolate satin ribbon (PTI), Red Rhinestones, Quick Kutz Nesting Label die, Sewing Machine, Paper piercer

40 comments:

Tricia said...

Thanks for sharing, Laurie! I love the deep, rich colors on this card. It is *so* elegant!!

Maureen said...

I love this! The gemstones on the fleur de lis are great! That's one of my favourite sets right now :) TFS

SMK said...

ooooh wow! this is so luscious! love the red and brown together and the ribbon is perfect!

Michelle H. said...

I love your card. Its so beautiful. Thanks for the insight into your process. I've taken notes!

Allison Cope said...

A truly stunning and elegant card! GORGEOUS attention to detail!

Ravengirl said...

What a fabulous, rich card! Thanks for sharing your details!

.................... said...

Wow! I love thw colors you used for your card!

Kathy W said...

Incredible card. I like the dark richness of the brown and red. That metal corner embellishment is wonderful, and I always love all the embossing you do. Stunning!

Lori said...

What a totally rich and gorgeous card, Laurie! This is amazing. I loved hearing how you made this beautiful work of art!

SusanR said...

LOVE your card!!!!! What elegant style and colors.

leenda said...

I've always admired your style! This card is stunning! It's fun to hear your process of design.

Cheri Howard said...

What a stunning card! I love the bold, rich colors you chose!

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

Oh how lovely and elegant. Thanks for all the insight into your process!

Lisa said...

I love this color combination, and the card too!

Kerri said...

This is so gorgeous, Laurie! You always do things that I would never think of doing, and I love it!

Mary A said...

Wow! Such a rich, elegant card! Thanks for sharing!

southernscraps said...

Stunning card. Thanks for sharing.

Jekka said...

This card reminds me of Christmas:>) A rich, warm, inviting Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

KanataNewf said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing your "non" process.

Bogner's said...

wow. your NON process works because this card is beautiful. Love the colors and the gems. TFS

Janelle said...

Oh this is gorgeous! Someone said luscious and I agree. Thanks for your honest process. Sometimes and hopefully most, a card can come together as easily as this one.

Alyssa said...

Laurie, you are one of my stamping idols - everything that you create is amazing and gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! :o)

Mercy said...

stunning, laurie....simply stunning!

Anonymous said...

As always your cards are beautiful. It was fun to read how you create them.

Julie E said...

What a rich and elegant looking card! TFS

Kim said...

Your card is so beautiful, Laurie. Thanks for sharing your Divine Details.

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

this is stunning, I luv those rich colors...wow!

enjoy *~*

The Mama Monkey said...

I love the colors you chose and the bling in the middle of the images is fabulous!

Terri E. said...

This red is so dramatic!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

scrappingnana said...

I like your "divine details". It sounds kind of like mine. :)
Your card looks luscious. TFS

pammy jo said...

what a stunning card - thanks for the great details! i especially love the embossing...and stitching...and accents...

StampinCathy said...

Wow this card is just stunning and love the colors and the details you used on this card.

melissa.flieg said...

fabulous card and I love hearing about your process. Thanks for sharing

Rosemary D said...

Wow, another beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on card making!

Rebecca Ednie said...

BeAutiful card. Thanks for a peek into your brain!

Steph K (booga3) said...

So gorgeous, Laurie!

Rosie said...

This card is just sooo pretty. Love the colors.

Susan aka "Crunchy" said...

Oh this is just amazing!! It's like a piece of art! I love all of the details!!

Davi said...

What a wonderful color combination. You first choice was the right one!!

Maureen said...

Thanks for sharing your process and this absolutely gorgeous card!! Love the colors and the bling!