As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have the fortune of working with some of the most incredible designers from all over the U.S. One such example is the amazing Becca Feeken of Amazing Paper Grace. Until recently, I hadn’t had the opportunity to work with her line but I had admired her work for quite awhile. Imagine my surprise when I was assigned the task (finally, and oh darn!), of creating card samples/packaging for her latest collection “Venise Lace”. This line has got to be one of my favorites. It is classy, elegant and oh so pretty. (Well that’s pretty much Becca’s style… always!) There wasn’t one die that did not fit with the others or that I didn’t like. So here is my card. So many layers of goodness.
My card base was initially an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ strip of cardstock. I folded the 8 1/2″ side in half. That created the fold on the top of the card and it prevents the card from falling over when standing. I tied a pink ribbon around the length of the card, having put a slit in the top so that the ribbon could feed through the card. A piece of navy cardstock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″ was adhered to the center. I then die-cut and embossed all the Venise Lace pieces shown in the pic below from cardstock and began layering. The Emmeline Treillage background was attached by adhering it to the navy cardstock with tiny foam dots. The flowers were embellished with flat head pearls. The Hemstitch Rectangles frame was adhered to the center of the card, followed by the small Isadora Trinkets lace piece. Now, on to the Cinch and Go Flowers Two. These flowers ARE AMAZING! I love, love, love them. I think you will too! I am so happy I own them. You can layer them up or let them go solo. It doesn’t really matter because they are lovely no matter how you use them.
My favorite part is the “coloring” and my favorite technique is using ink pads. I used Mowed Lawn Distress Ink by Tim Holtz on the light green-colored card stock and I used three different colors of Distress Inks, Pink Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade including the Mowed Lawn again, for the pale pink flowers. Anytime I apply color to cardstock, I use a blending tool and brush from the outside of the object, inward. This prevents edges of the blending tool showing up on the die-cut piece.
I then layered the flowers up like this.
If you have stamen, now is the time to insert them. If not, use flat head pearls, rhinestones or buttons for the center. I hot glued the stamen to lay down on the back of the flowers and I created several flowers for this particular card. When you have assembled the flowers, adhere them in place. I like to use hot glue for this.
If you look closely, you will see I cut some very fine strips of green card stock and curled them slightly and added them to the arrangement. I think they add a bit of variety. A vintage pearl heart filled in the rectangle. A bow at the top and a stamped and matted sentiment made my card ready to go. I have just the recipient to send it to. Sometimes giving stuff away to someone who needs it is just the best! I always say to spread a little kindness. Some how you always get back so much more.
And there you have it! If you are interested in any of the dies they can be found by clicking on their name above. And thanks to my friend Becca Feeken for making my job the best with her fabulous designs and her gift of friendship! Priceless.