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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  8. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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  14. I love this color combination, and the card too!

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

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

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  17. Stunning card. Thanks for sharing.

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

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

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

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  21. 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.

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

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  23. stunning, laurie....simply stunning!

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

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  25. What a rich and elegant looking card! TFS

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

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

    enjoy *~*

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

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  29. This red is so dramatic!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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

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

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

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

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

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  35. BeAutiful card. Thanks for a peek into your brain!

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  36. This card is just sooo pretty. Love the colors.

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

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

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

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