Friday, July 31, 2009

Project Parade Day 12 - Divine Details

Hi Verve Fans. It's Tosh here bringing up the rear with the final Parade project. I hope you've enjoyed reading about the thought process that each Diva goes through while creating, and seeing their fabulous creations!! It was encouraging to me to know that there is a bit of trial and error with some of the gals, cause that's how I work. I admit, when I found out about the "Divine Detail" theme for this month, I thought it was creative and clever, but at the same time it worried me. I have a hard enough time not getting lost in my own thought process. How do I explain it so I don't lose ya'll!! Yikes!!

Well, here goes....

I usually start with an image that I want to use, and for this one I wanted to use the Kindred Spirits set with the Plain Jane Hebrews 11:1 sentiment. Then I either design a sketch or choose a recent one from either the Mojo or SCS sketch challenge. (This time I used the Mojo96 sketch) After I have an idea of what direction I want to go with the sketch, I try to pick out dp, or cs colors that will compliment the image and sketch I've chosen to work with. Notice I used the word "try". That's because the colors, dp and cs can change many times until I get the look I'm going for. I also peruse my Nestabilities to see what shape will best compliment my image. They are my "go to" for almost every card. I'm a huge Nestabilities and Punches freak. I rarely make a card without one or both.

I was inspired the other day by Kimberly Crawford to haul out my Fun Flock again. I love working with that stuff, and I thought the solid Fleur de lis image would look great black on black. I just stamped my image with my Essential Glue Pad and patted the fun flock on it. I then cut my pieces into 3 1 1/4" x 5" strips, and framed them with the EK success Fleur de lis border punch.

After I have my pieces all cut to size, matted (I'm a framer...I rarely put a piece on a card without a frame), and laid out, I then play around with different embellishments and ribbon. Add, take away, add some more, etc. I NEVER attach anything until I have everything laid out the way I want it, including embellishments.

Finally, I either ink distress the pieces, and or sew around their edges, and attach all the pieces with double stick tape, or dimensional tape. I'm pretty big on dimension too. I'm a sucker for depth.

I got a little carried away with this one. *grin* I usually ask one of my kids (depending on who's closest) if the card is okay, or if it needs something. After finishing this one, I asked my son what he thought...to my horror, he said it looked like Lingerie!!! No way!! I was going for elegant, and it has scripture on it. He said, it's elegant, but the pink on the bottom is a bit understated, and all the frills make it look like black lingerie. My stomach shrank. I asked him if I should make a different one for the parade, but he said it was beautiful and that I should go with it. So here's my Faith and Hope lingerie card. LOL I hope I haven't offended anyone.

I also have to add that I'm really inconsistent with card size; Whatever it takes to accomplish the design I'm going for. I usually put my more detailed cards in a padded envelope anyway. This particular card is 5 1/2" x 6 1/4". Odd size. I know. Mostly my cards are either 5 1/4" x 5 1/4", 5" x 7", or A2.

One last thing. I thought I'd share really quick where I get my inspiration from: West Elm catalog and Pottery Barn have fabulous color combos, and wonderful shapes and designs. I also peruse many blogs, and am constantly inspired to use different color combos, shapes, textures, etc. As well as to try different techniques. I always have my eye out while shopping too, whether it be an art piece, frame, or just a design on some dinner plates.

That's it. Hope I didn't lose ya along the way.

You still have time to participate, and we'd love to see...and read...about how you get from point "A" to point "B". To play along, 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 in this 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!

41 comments:

  1. Oh dear me! I love this card. The colors and tone on tone paper are just awesome. I didn't even think it looked like lingerie. LOL

    Thank you Tosh for explaining your process, and to all of the Divas. It was a top-notch Project Parade.

    See you all at the Blog Hop!

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  2. Wow that card is amazing. Thanks for sharing all your Divine Details. What a great project parade this month!

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  3. Great card. I've really enjoyed this parade.

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  4. I really love this card. I would have never thought lingerie ever.:)

    I took a lot from this parade! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Beautiful card! This whole parade has been awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. WOW~this is AMAZING!!! Love your "lingerie" card. :D

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  7. Lovely artwork! It does look a little bit like lingerie!! LOL You'll never hear the end of that one! I love your style Tosh. Your art is always amazing!

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  8. Wow, this is so beautiful! It is just so elegant and perfect. Thanks for sharing your details!

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  9. Stunning card. I really like the black on black. Thanks for the insight on card size; I never give myself permission to make cards beyond standard sizes; I need to experiment more!

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  10. WOW! how GORGEOUS! it's so sophisticated and luscious and just fannntastic:D great great job!!

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  11. This card is simply beautiful. I love the simple pink with all the black! I wish I could see the beauty of this card IRL cause I am sure it is even better in person!

    Thanks all the Verve Diva's for showing off their stuff and giving us some incite to the madness! Every single project was beautiful!

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  12. I opened the blog today and was blown away by your beautiful card! I love the black and pink combo and it did come across as very elegant.
    Thanks for sharing your process.

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  13. Too funny about your son. Your card is beautiful - but now that's all I can think of when I see it!! :-) LOL!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

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  14. I can see how your son might have thought of lingerie. Never fear, lingerie is very pretty! Thanks for sharing your process!

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  15. This was fun to read. Thanks for sharing. Great cards.

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  16. Oh, sons! Ya gotta love 'em! I didn't even think "lingerie" until you wrote that! LOL Stunning card!

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  17. Very elegant. Love the colors. Just looks so pretty!

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  18. Tosha, You don't know me but I had to comment about your card. The lacy details using black over pink, the ever popular fleur de lis, the Scripture, and the sweet rose buds make a VERY elegant card. I think had it been on a color other than pink, it would have really fulfilled your plan. The pink makes it look like skin. : )hence the "nightie" feel about it. I love the new to me idea of using the fun flocking to create a velvety touch to larger designs. I've always just used it as fur on my House Mouse stamps. Thanks for sharing good ideas and your talent.

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  19. TFS - great parade this month. Lovely lingerie!

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the lacy feel you have created. All of the cards have been over the top. Thanks for the insight into how each of you produce your beauties.
    Blessings to all.

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  21. Beautiful card Tosh - I have recently been creating the same way that you describe - I used to just jump right in and attach things as I went along - now I often end up changing different things along the way -

    I think you son was quite observant saying it looks like lingerie!!! LOL!!! but it still works as a lovely faith card too!

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  22. Your card is so beautiful. I love the bows with the buttons. It reminds me of ribbon on a little girls dress.

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  23. Love your fabulous bows!!!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  24. Oh this is absolutely breath taking!! TFS your divine details!

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  25. Wow.. Tosh what a stunning card!! The colors are beautiful and one of my favorite scriptures. Thanks for sharing your card making details.

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  27. Wow, very stunning. This is my kind of card. Love the colors.
    TFS

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  28. I love this card and it does look like lingerie! I wish I had a piece or two made from your 'fabric and lace'! Because of how it turned out, I might have swapped out the setiment to something not Bible based, not bc I think it is inappropriate (I am not offended) but bc it doesn't quite match the spirit of the final card. Still I love the card and am so glad you kept it for the Parade!!

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  29. Wow, gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. This card is certainly "elegant"!!
    Thank you so very much for sharing
    your design details. I love hearing
    about the creative process of making
    a card.

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  31. Your card is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

    Mary

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  32. Your sons comment made me chuckle. I would have teased him, "Why are you thinking of womens lingerie?" :O)

    FYI I never thought of lingerie.

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  33. Such an elegant card...what a beautiful colour combo!Awesome job!

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  34. Oh thank you so much for sharing your thought process with us! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who changes plans several times along the way! I LOVE your lingerie Scripture card! I love that verse and the fun flock really stepped it up a big notch in elegance!

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  35. great card - love the flocking!

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  36. Tosha, I am having trouble finding the results of the "Divine Details" give-away. It ended last night but I can't find where the results were posted. Can you help? Thanks

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  37. Love this stamp set! And love the black and pink :)

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