Hi Gals n Guys, Thanks so much for all of your kind wishes. I'm feeling a little better now. :0)
This card is made using wee Faux French Knots on a Scor-Pal grid (tutorial is here if you'd like to try it.) I don't know how to sew very well, but I found it meditative and satisfying; all you do is tie knots.
The black card is stamped in white craft ink (& lightly embossed with white embossing powder. I used a gorgeous Penny Black stamp (Duhlbergs) that the sweet & ultra talented Janine sent me. (I can't wait to show you the card she sent with it!)
Nope, SU didn't come out with black hodge podge, I just painted this with black Stazon reinker and heat-gunned it dry--A fast way to get coordinating metal! :O) The Platinum hodgepodge shows through a little givin' it a distressed look. (if you add too much--like me--it gets gummy or uneven, but you can scrape/sand it off and add a little more & dry. It's forgiving.
The white embossed flower under the black hodgepodge is an SU scallop punched, then cut into a daisy, then embossed with my favourite background stamp: a Paisley (large design category) from Above the Mark (56005 I). (I used Versamark & clear e.p. on the scallop first.) The sentiment inside of the (formerly) Platinum Hodge Podge hardware is from Blooming Flourishes (embossed in black on patterned gesso cardstock) & it's punched with the small oval punch. The whole shebang is layered on a Nestabilities scallop which has some wee dots of Sakura Stardust Glitter pen around it. It's raised up on Dimensionals.
The Natural Beauty butterflies, like the sentiment, are stamped on patterned gesso cardstock
I stamped them in stazon to capture their detail, but the gesso c.s. lets you emboss them (I just added clear embossing powder.) The gesso cardstock is also sturdier so their little antennae are good and strong even though they're wee.
They have some Sakura Stardust Gelly roll pen scribbled on them (and smudged) for glitter & their little bodies are embroidered onto the Kraft Scor-Pal grid before assembling the card.
The black card is also embossed with Polka Dots in Versamark with clear e.p. to echo the dots of the French Knot look. The white ribbon is mystery ribbon from my fab friend Kim. The black brads are by Queen & Company.
Thanks so much for stopping by; I certainly have missed you all!
P.S. there's black hodgepodge on that little 3x3 purse (squeakin in the top photo) too (template & tutorial here)