Thursday, January 3, 2008

Altering Card Stock & On Board Accents

I've been seeing so many great cards with chip board accents, and I've had some for a while that didn't get discontinued in the new catty (miracle!) lol. I knew just what to cover it with--paper that was a Christmas gift from my friend Kim. I just LOVE this paper. [Cabernet (PIP-921) from the Periphery line by Basic Grey.] I used up a whole sheet of it (horrors!) ;0) making this card.

I wanted to give the rest of the card some heft, so I added lots of layers & distressed. Other than the BasicGrey paper, I used Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip. Sometimes I find the chocolate chip needs to be a different tone to suit Basic Grey paper though so I altered the card stock:


I just sponged on Very Vanilla Craft ink, and Basic Brown, & Basic Black classic inks. It may look kind of rough here, but it looks much more snookum when the On Board Accent is over it:


I tried my regular kraft knife to cut out one circle--much to my frustration--then, I got wise and used the knife for the coluzzle cutter. It works amazingly! (I'm not big on the coluzzle templates, but that blade is a must have for chipboard.)

I added these flowers (punched from another Basic Grey Periphery paper--Champagne.) Used my new Martha Stewart punch (a cornflower???) Thank you Esther! Anywho, it was just the right size of flower for these cutout circles. They have a hand-cut center of d.p. on each flower and then seed beads on top--with Crystal Effects as adhesive. The flowers are adhered with a pop-up glue dot cut into 4 pieces.

Happy Crafting,
:0) Mel

P.S. The 'dream' sentiment is from the Fancy Pants set Bella Brush.

6 comments:

Libby Hickson said...

Wow this is great!! I have that same piece of chipboard kicking around for a while now, you are inspiring me to use it. Love how yours looks!

Paper Smooches said...

what a fabulous technique!

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Tina said...

WOW, this is so fantastic!

femminismo said...

Mel,
I have been floating on air all day, and able to put up with any disruption at work, after reading your generous comments on my blog! Thanks so much.
I believe you can subscribe via the "atom posts," but you have great options on your blog also. Maybe I'll check them out and do something similar. I saw your sewn nude and comment on your Handmade by Mel site. It's just wonderful. femminismo

Bree mcconnell said...

I love this card!!! Im going to buy the punch now.....lol the seed beads look amazing in the center!!!!!

Michelle Pearson said...

love your seed bead flower centers...I need to try that!