Sunday, May 5, 2013

Artistic Etchings & Artisan Embellishment Kit ~ a Great Combo!

Am loving the Artisan Embellishment Kit and based on the USA retirement list for the current cattie it is likely that I will be losing a few more of my favourite stamps sets come June. . . so I wanted to show case a few cards just in case anyone is how to use say the Artistic Etchings stamp set. . .
Square card - card base is actually Pretty in Pink ~ the Very Vanilla card stock at the back is simply to "frame" the whole thing and tie the colours together. I mounted two different pieces of Tea for Two DSP on Sahara Sand (the floral one at the top stamped with En Francais and the spiral circle one on the bottom half) and mounted that on the base card.  Of course because I adore vintage I daubed the edges with Pretty in Pink and Crumb Cake ink.
I wanted to use the Seam Binding Ribbon with the card because it is so luxurious but we don't have a light pink so I dyed a piece of Vanilla ribbon with Pink Pirouette re-inker in a small container and allowed it to dry. . . and because it was a bit worse for wear I ended up scrunching it further and adding some Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon behind it.I secured the centre with an Antique Brad. The little flat button to the left of the ribbon is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit (with a piece of White Bakers Twine in the centre).
Using Crumb Cake ink, I stamped the Eiffel Tower from the Artistic Etchings stamp set and the 2c stamp from the Postage Due stamp set.  I fussy cut the Eiffel Tower and punched out the stamp set with the Postage Stamp Punch. To add another dimension to the card I mounted another piece of the floral designed Tea for Two DSP on Sahara Sand card stock and mounted the stamped images on top of this using dimensionals.  The LOVE ticket from the Artisan Embellishment Kit was a perfect addition along with the flat vanilla rose button and pre-made white and pink rose.  The Crystal Vintage Button was to add some addition "luxe" to the spot.
I lightly painted the fussy cut Eiffel Tower with Champagne Shimmer Paint which is soon to depart as well. . .I love that you can see the detail through the transparent layer of shimmer. I needed to take the photo on a different angel for you to see the layering of the colour.  I wanted to add some additional glamour!  This shot also shows off the layers of lace nicely ~ I used the beautiful floral pearl lace from the Artisan Embellishment Kit and a piece of the Victoria Crochet Trim.
I stamped a small scroll design from the Artistic Etchings set in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla card stock then punched out two Elegant Butterfly shapes mounting them on top of each other.  I daubed the edges with Pretty in Pink and Crumb Cake ink so that they would tie in with the theme and used three Pearls on the centre of the punch.
I thought that the butterfly added a touch of whimsy to the whole design!  I also needed to balance the heavy detail of the sentiment without taking up too much space and the butterfly seemed to balance things well.
The sentiment area is very layered.  I cut a Very Vanilla doily using the largest doily from the Delicate Doilies Sizzlet die and Big Shot.  I daubed the edges in Pretty in Pink and Crumb Cake.  I then punched out the Pretty in Pink Decorative Label shape and daubed the edges in Crumb Cake ink.  Finally I stamped the word Friends from the Sweet Essentials stamp set in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla card stock and punched it out with Modern Label punch ~ daubed the edges in Crumb Cake and Pretty in Pink ink and mounted it on the other two layers with dimensionals and tucked it all under the lace so that it would look almost like a pocket holding a favour. . .

Hope you are a bit inspired
Shanni xx


  1. Fabulous card and embellishments Shanni..Loz

  2. This is stunning!!! Love it! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at MIM! Don't forget to leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw them on MIM for a chance at our second prize!
    Good luck and I hope to see you back next week for a new challenge!
    Rene ;D

  3. It's so cute! I'm visiting from MIM.


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