Sunday, October 6, 2013

My Cards and Tags: What We Could Be

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge was to make a project inspired by Tammy Tutterow's tutorials.  Not hard, my friends!  Tammy's blog is a treasure trove of fantastic tips and techniques.

Here is my finished project, though as you'll see, it came only after I veered from one of Tammy's tutorials to the point of total crafting disaster!



So I started out by following Tammy's tutorial on Stencil Transfers.  My problem began when I didn't have a craft mat handy to work on, so I used a piece of baking parchment paper with some foil underneath it instead.  I sprayed my ink onto my stencils, then decided I liked how the parchment paper looked with the leftover design from when I was spraying my stencils.  I decided to incorporate it into my project.

See?  Isn't it pretty?  It looks innocent, right??  The ink was dry, so I figured I was good to go.



I cut around the inked areas and used it as the background for my card.  I adhered it to a piece of patterned paper and carried on.  I stamped on a Tim Holtz image with embossing ink and white embossing powder and heat set it.  Still good, right?  WRONG!  Big duh to me, but apparently the whole point of parchment paper is that things do NOT stick to it (yep- I never claimed to be a baker)!  I guess I was absent that day in cooking class or I missed the big message on the package that said: "Non-stick!  Even the most delicate and sticky foods lift with ease!"  And guess what else started lifting with ease?  Yep.  My embossed image!  I thought heat embossing would stick to anything, but alas.  For the remainder of my project, I was brushing off crumbs of white embossing powder as my image flaked away before my eyes.  Note to self: do not use parchment paper as a background to stick or emboss things to!!

Luckily, I was still able to salvage this card by covering most of it up (a handy skill when crafts go awry).  I added some fabric scraps, stamped them with a sentiment, and then added one other lovely element: the flowers!  They started out white, but thanks to Tammy's awesome tutorial on coloring flowers, they ended up adding just the right bit of color to my project.



I finished this card with some scraps of lace and Tim Holtz Distress ink here and there.  The sentiment is truly one of my favorites, too.



So what great products did I use that I bought at Simon Says Stamp?  Not parchment paper (ha, ha)!




I'm sure that you can be equally inspired by Tammy Tutterow's blog, so check it out, create something amazing and then submit it for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge so that you'll have a shot at 50 beautiful bucks to spend at one of the best shops ever! 50dollar_voucher_600px

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous layered piece, the fabric gives this piece a real tactile feel. I love the touches of white stamping too. Gorgeous delicately coloured flowers too. Enjoy your week. Tracy x

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  2. Andrea...you crack me up! Loved your post! :) Your finished piece is gorgeous, despite the fact that you almost had a complete disaster with the parchment paper. I love the way you use bits and pieces of fabric to create such beautiful pieces. They are always so unique. Love this one, too! <3 Candy

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  3. LOL! What a fun read... and a completely gorgeous outcome!!!

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  4. This is so beautiful! I love that we can sit down with one direction in mind and end up at a whole other beautiful place. That is the beauty of art to me, it isn't about where we think we are going or should go, it is about where we end up and the journey along the way. So many of my projects start with one thing in mind and end up somewhere else. In the end, I am always happier where I end up than where I think I was supposed to go. Thank you so much for sharing your art and your journey!!

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  5. I love the stencil transfer technique too!! Such a pretty outcome and I love the sentiment...so true!

    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  6. lol !! We really should have a blog hop of our greatest crafting disasters. I have a few of my own. Loved your post -- needed to laugh today. Regardless -- your card turned out amazing. How in the heck did you get that great of a stamped image (your sentiment) on those scraps of fabric. Amazing!! This really is gorgeous. I love all of the texture you have here. (btw -- I don't cook much either -- so I can see myself doing the same thing :) )

    Thanks for the kind words on my epic project. I'm just glad I got it the whole pumpkin-to-balloon thing to work out. So many times I have ideas that I can't get from head down on paper. Talk about some interesting outcomes ...

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  7. Andrea, you'll never guess what I have in my work area. Yupp! Parchment Paper! And guess what? I had NO idea that it did that, so thanks for the heads up as you may have saved me from a similar fate. I took the parchment paper out of the pantry recently to cover the work surface when I discovered that I had run out of waxed paper. (which I love, because it's cheap. lol) Your final project may not have been what you envisioned when you started out, but it came out beautifully. I love your style that's sweet, yet edgy. It' fabulous!

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  8. Oh my Andrea! This project is gorgeous! I love the pretty color combo and the use of fabric! Seriously gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Awesome. I love the colors and all the details. Wonderful

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  10. Oh...,Andrea, your card is so beautiful. I always love how you use fabric on your project. The stenciled images are awesome. :)

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  11. I love how you use materials! This is so beautiful with the layers of muslin and the gorgeous sprays with the quote stamped right over the top! Beautiful!!

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  12. Andrea your works are always original and absolutely beautiful! This is especially really hit me by the use of fabric and colors! Wonderful! thanks for your kind comments you leave on my blog!

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  13. Gorgeous piece Andrea! Your style is so unique and beautiful!
    You never know that is was a cover-up, but I'm glad you shared your whoopsie, so we can learn from it! Hugs, Sandra

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  14. Gorgeous colours and fabrics - beautiful layers.
    Alison x

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