Monday, January 26, 2015

I Love Blue Denim

I had a chance to play just for fun in my craft room this weekend and here is the card I came up with. 

I started by making my own background.  First I painted some chipboard with Paisley Blue Acrylic paint from Folk Art.  Then I covered it with Lake Wanaka Fresco Finish Paint from Paper Artsy and using a technique that Sue Carrington showed recently on Paper Artsy, I dried it slightly with my heat gun and then wiped some back with a baby wipe.  I repeated the process with a coat of Antarctic Fresco Finish.

I added some Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste through a Chevron stencil from Prima and then used Faded Jeans Distress Ink from Ranger through a Dylusions stencil called Letter Jumble and through a Wendy Vecchi stencil called Polka Dotty.

Next I added a bit of stamping using the harlequin square from Wendy Vecchi's Large Collage stamp (I have chopped my stamp up to make nine little stamps).  At this point I changed my mind about what I wanted to do and covered the background with a layer of crumpled up tissue paper.  Then I went back and did more stamping with three more of the sections from Wendy's stamp.  I used her Watering Can Archival Ink with no block.  So now there is some stamping under and on top of the tissue.

The next step was to make the heart, which was hand cut, covered with Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste and then inked with Fired Brick Distress Ink when it was dry.

I made the flowers from some denim fabric that I bought to make a skirt for my Granddaughter but before I could get it done, she decided that Grandma's hand made clothes were not cool anymore - LOL.  The large flower is made from a 1" strip of denim that I folded in half and glued on the long edge.  The folded edge was then cut every quarter inch or so.  Using my hot glue gun and starting on the outer edge, I glued the strip to a circle of card stock spiraling in towards the centre.  I added a button for the centre and a hand cut denim leaf.  It is hard to see in the photo but the flower is quite frayed.  The other two flowers were just strips that were rolled and glued to card stock circles with little hand cut leaves.

I cut a couple of flourishes from some scrap Recollections card stock using a Spellbinders Venetian Motifs die and then made a sentiment from one of the stamps in Wendy Vecchi's The Beauty of Art set.  I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of white card stock with Versamark and then embossed it with Wendy's Watering Can Embossing Powder.  The next step was to hand cut around it and ink it with some Stormy Sky Distress Ink.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Artist Trading Post Exchange - Flower Power
Try it on Tuesday - Add Some Fabric
The Stamping Boutique - Make Your Own Background
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Something New for the New Year (I have never tried making the large flower style and never used denim for flowers before)
Make Art Challenge  - Embossing Paste


  1. Wow Cec, this is just fabulous! Those are the most unique flowers I have ever seen, how the heck do you come up with this stuff!! I just love the vibrant red heart in the middle of that ocean of blues, what a striking focal piece! Amazing mix of stamps and stencils, loving this!! big hugs :)

  2. What fantastic flowers, denim.........inspired! Wonderful card with lots of techniques...and love the crackled heart. Thanks so much for joining us at ATP excahnge. Ruth x

  3. What a cool use of denim!! Love it!

  4. Fabulous project Cec. Love the techniques and how you used the denim for the flowers.
    Thank you for joining us at Tiot's this time.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Back again, to thank you for joining us over at ATP Exchange with this fantastic piece.

  6. A fabulous creation Cec, the denim background is outstanding and love all your elements, so well composed. Nikki xx

  7. Beautiful project!! Amazing layers and details on your card ... I love how the embossing paste chevron pops out of the background! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Challenge!

  8. Wow ! Thank you for sharing this fabulous piece with the ATP Exchange. Those flowers are gorgeous would love to try something like this''! Toni x

  9. What a wonderful flower and bright red heart!

  10. Love the jean rosette's and a great take on the challenge. Thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

  11. Really love the idea of those denim flowers - so creative and inspiring! All sorts of projects spring to mind as a result of your inspiration! Your painty background is fab too.
    Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange this time.

  12. you can't go wrong with denim!
    LOVE IT!
    thanks for playing!

  13. Fantastic card Cec ! I love how you've really fallen in love with painty, inky backgrounds, are you the same lady who visited me and didn't have any Distress Inks ? your flowers ! Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange too ! Sue C x

  14. This is gorgeous! I love that you made the flowers from denim!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  15. well shoot... denim never looked so good!! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  16. LOVE that look with the denim and the bold red heart Cec! Jenny x

  17. Lovely card, thanks so much for joining us at TIOT! Valerie

  18. Big congrats on the Top 5 at Try it on Tuesday!!! Your card is amazing and sure deserves to be recognized as a winner!


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