Sunday 29 December 2019

Elegance and Faux Stitching

Hello and welcome.
Today, I have the pleasure of hosting our last Technique Lovers Challenge TLC for this year over at Splitcoast Stampers.
It has been such a busy and hectic time for so many, so I decided to go with a simple and easy challenge:  
Faux Stitching.
I really like the interest it adds.

So onto my card details.
I began with a small leftover piece of an alcohol inked background and stamped the flower head onto that with Versamark ink and embossed it with some black eb powder.  I fussy cut it out and set it aside to cool.  You have to be very careful when embossing on the Yupo or it will melt.
Next, I took a piece of heavy white cardstock and laid the Rectangle mask over the center area of my paper.  I inked up the open area with my DOX inks and an inking tool, blending the colours together that matched the colours of my flower head.  Leaving the mask in place, I added a bit of stenciling, splattered with some water to lift some of the colour, then splattered with some white acrylic paint to help lighten it up a bit and to add interest.
I removed the mask and stamped the whole flower in the position I wanted it in.
Next, using a piercing tool, I pierced holes all around the outside edge of my inked area to act like a frame.  After all the piercing was done, I drew lines with a black tip marker between the holes to create the 'faux' stitches.
I glued the flower head on top of the stem then glued the whole piece onto some brown cardstock then onto a heavy white card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Here is the stencil I used:

Discount Code for A Colorful Life Designs

Adding my card to these challenges:
Love to Craft- ANYTHING GOES
Southern Girls- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Creative Chaos (Visible Image)
Inks- Versafine Clair Noir; DOX (Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo,
Black Soot) (TH); Alcohol inks
Paper- heavy white (Scribes Nook); Yupo for the flower head
Accessories and Tools- Rectangle Mask (A Colorful Life Designs); Simple Mosaic stencil 
(A Colorful Life Designs); Piercing tool (TH); Pigma Micron Pen; white acrylic paint; 
Black eb powder


Christine Alexander said...

Beautiful Karen, love those colours and the faux stitching :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Loving the fabulous colours on this card Karen - they are so stunning against that wonderful, textural, background.

Dotty Jo said...

Stunning card, Karen! Your work is always so stylish, Jo x

Lori m said...

Fabulous and stunning card, gorgeous colors and techniques, hugs, Lori m

Pat said...

A beautiful flower from VI which looks great embossed onto the AI piece and a pretty complementary background to go with it, and the faux stitching is perfect, a great technique Karen. x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Gorgeous design and in such wonderful colors.

I Card Everyone said...

I've not had much luck embossing on Yupo, Karen - it's obvious to me I should just leave that technique to you, and TaeEun, who seem to have it perfected!!
Love the ink colors, the subtle stenciling, and vibrancy of that gorgeous bloom!
Happy New Year, my friend! Hope to see you in 2020! xx

Susan said...

Absolutely love this, Karen. Fabulous layout, beautiful colours and texture, and great faux stitching. I'll have to head over to SCS and enter your challenge!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

A Gorgeous card Karen, love the stencilled background and the flower is so beautiful AND the stitching, all together fabulous.
Happy New Year.
Faith x

Loll said...

Beautiful card Karen. I love the AI flower head ... that is such a fantastic image. The faux stitching is fun and easy to do, but adds that "something special". xx

Bonnie said...

Santa brought this flower stamp to me for Christmas! You make me anxious to give it a try! It's beautiful embossed on the alcohol inked background and I love how you've replicated it with the background! Love that faux stitching!

nancy littrell said...

Love your heat embossed flower and stenciled background, Karen. Wonderful colors for Winter too. Of course your faux stitching is perfect too. TFS my friend. Happy New Year, my friend. Hugs..Nancy

Mac Mable said...

Great combination of techniques and what glorious colours x. The alcohol inks and the DOX inks play nicely together and what a unique and fabulous card x.