Monday, October 1, 2007

Caardvarks Challenge: scalloped pocket bookmark card

This is for a Caardvarks challenge; I just found their awesome blog. This challenge was to use scallops. It's open until Tuesday October 2nd at midnight, so get on there! :0) There are three scallops on this card: the circle scallop frame is a piece of cake; it's done by punching a 1 & 1/4" circle into "Blue Bayou" cardstock, then centering the scallop punch over it. (Inspired by Kristina's scallop frame tutorial here.) The vertical "Blue Bayou" scallop is made by taking the guard off of the S.U. corner rounder and punching along the edge of cardstock; to get the little frayed pieces between scallops just leave a little space as you go along (and then pull off the little triangular piece that's left.) The third scallop is a standard one (at the top of the pocket) done with the same technique as the vertical "Blue Bayou" scallop, but with no spaces left.

I dug into my designer paper for this one. LOVE that Basic Grey Baby! The papers used here are from two different Basic Grey collections. [The flowered one is from "Fruitcake" (Jubilee/Spearmint--FRU-609.) The more solid one is from "Stella Ruby" (Morning on the Heath--STE-726.)] Other cardstocks used are my faves Stampin' Up "Blue Bayou" & "Soft Sky." The ribbon is double-stitched "Blue Bayou" (gently singed with a lighter flame on the ends--to keep it from fraying.) The stitching is done by paper piercing first, then going through with a needle and thread (thread's dyed by sponging with "Not Quite Navy" craft ink.) The "Soft Sky" card is sponged with "Certain Celery" ink on a sponge dauber. The round sentiment is from the "Circle of Friendship" set; it's stamped twice on the solid Stella Ruby paper (once in "Blue Bayou" and once in "Chocolate Chip." The pieces are punched using the 1 & 1/4" circle punch and the 1/2" circle punch and backed by a 1 & 3/8" circle of "Blue Bayou."

This is the bookmark that slides into the pocket:

It's made on "Naturals White" cardstock with the "Oh SO Lovely" set embossed in "Chocolate Chip" craft ink and clear embossing powder. The flowers are water-coloured with reinkers ("Blue Bayou" & "Soft Sky") and have a bit of Crystal Effects painted on them to give gloss. The white portion of the bookmark is cut using the 'out of the box' technique (<--click the link for a great tutorial by Leslie Miller.) I've softened the contrast with a sponging of "Certain Celery." (It looked stark.) The wording is stamped with the 'Thank You' sentiment from the "Stem Silhouettes" set (in "Blue Bayou") and the 'Gratitude' sentiment from the "Define Your Life" set (in "Soft Sky.") There's a second scallop circle on the back (with no hole in it) to hide the "works."

Thanks so much for looking,
:0) Mel


Andrea said...

Beautiful card, love those papers

lauren said...

hi melissa, welcome to caardvarks! love your scallops--super take on the challenge! :)