Today's card is one I enjoyed making. I used a sketch from somewhere but forgot where I got it. As you know, I love aging, distressing and shabby looks. This is the first time I've done the faux stitching. I do not own a sewing machine (don't gasp too hard) so this was the next best thing. Not sure I did any more than an "okay" job on it. I used a fine pen point but think I may need an extra fine next time.
My card is a 5x5 Certainly Celery base. A slightly smaller piece of Apricot Appeal has been distressed and layered on the base. Baja Breeze was cut in a rectangle, paper pierced and edges distressed. A Not Quite Navy pen connected the piercing holes to similate sewing. A retired piece of SU DSP was then cut, pierced, "sewn", overstamped with the SU Sanded stamp in Creamy Caramel, edges distressed then sponged with Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink. To give this card a softer look, 2 pieces of Ivory Organdy ribbon was tied in a knot to the front side. This piece was then layered on top of the Baja Breeze piece. The next piece is Baja Breeze, edges distressed and Antique Linen Distress Ink sponged on the edges.
The main image piece was stamped with the Inspired by Nature stamp using SU markers, huffed and lightly pressed on white cardstock. I wanted a faint image, not a distinct one. The "Live With Passion" sentiment was stamped in Close to Cocoa on top of the flower. The edges were then distressed followed by a sponging of Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. This layer was raised with foam adhesive and centered on the Baja Breeze piece. Three bronze graduating size opaline pearls were placed in the bottom right corner to finish it off.
I used several things that will be retired from the SU product line. I am VERY saddened to see Creamy Caramel leave their stock. It is my absolutely favorite light neutral I reach for so many times. Apricot Appeal cardstock I love as it goes with just about everything, too. It makes a great card base. I hope you enjoy this card. It was a little time consuming but I love the outcome. Your comments are always welcomed!
Stamps: SU Inspired By Nature, Sanded
Paper: Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Baja Breeze, ret. SU DSP, white
Ink: Close to Cocoa, SU Markers Ranger Distress Inks: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick
Other: Ivory Organdy Ribbon, Basic Grey Bronze Opaline self-adhesive Pearls, scissors for distressing, Paper Piercer