Thursday, April 1, 2010

Caardvarks Photo Inspiration card (late late late out of date)

Caardvarks Photo Inspiration spring mel stampz

Sadly, I missed posting in time for the Caardvarks challenge
that this card was for, a photo inspiration challenge:

And the challenge was even sponsored by our very own Vark, Eva! :o( but hopefully this tutorial might still have something interesting... it's pretty basic. I'm still under the weather, so it's all that I have finished for now, BUT I'm working on some nifty things to share with you soon!

Step 1) Make the background:

1A) Stamp the POD Calendar stamp in light green ink onto white cardstock & trim it.

1B) Add the S.R.M. "Happy Birthday to You" sentiment sticker.

1C) Place some flowers on the image temporarily (where you'd like them) & pierce lines for their stems using a paper piercing tool.

Step 2)
Stitch the flower stems & add the flowers:

2A) Sew the stems on in green thread.

2B) Stitch the flowers on:

1) Come up with a threaded needle, through back to the front of the image & adhere the thread-end at the back of the cardstock to secure it.
2) Add a flower (with a hole in its center) to your needle and add a bead to it to
3) Go back down the same hole in the image & adhere the thread end on the back of the image.)

Step 3)
Glue the leaves on & pierce a hole a bit of a ways up on the base of each leaf (to add the stitched stem in the next step...)

Step 4) Stitch a stem on each leaf.

Step 5) Grow some grass: Pierce lines & add grass with more green stitching.

Step 6) Make a mat with patterned paper. This is digital paper from Two Pea's Betsy Tuma Glitterati uptown papers--printed and adhered on a black mat of cardstock that I fringed with scissors, ruffled & then stitched a little with turquoise thread.

Step 7) Make Moths: Print the Mod Moths (these are lightened quite a bit & then printed (at 10% 7% 6%) on cardstock that I painted with gesso (to keep the ink wet long enough to heat emboss them in clear embossing powder.)

Step 8) Adhere the flower image & glue and stitch the moths: Glue the image with the flowers to the stitched patterned mat; adhere the mod moths onto it & then pierce & stitch their little moth bodies.

...and that's it:

If you're curious how to make these flowers & leaves,
please see the tutorial in this previous post:

Things are starting to shape up around our place. I've been: trying to get caught up on all the email; trying to cook some healthy meals for my hard working sweetie (love the gas stove); cuddling the sweet baby Mouse (our new kitten); and I have a semi-fab stamp room already!

Thanks for stopping by!


E.T said...

beautiful card Mel. I love how clean the lines are and as always your beautiful stitching and blooms wow me!
glad you are back.. :)

Dawn said...

late, schmate....YOU'RE BACK!! I'm sure they won't care cuz they know how super effective you are on all of us who ADORE you... snicker

sorry you're still not feeling well! the rest sounds great though!! oh yeah... fab card too!!

Karin Adamczyk said...

This is really beautiful. I LOVE the colours. Thanks for sharing, Karin

Christine Ruff said...

Another fab card and tutorial I love the inspiration your work gives me.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Holly said...

Beautiful card. Too bad you were late for challenge. I think you must have the patience of Job for all the cutting and stitching you do - but man it pays off girl 'cause your cards are off the charts.

Kathlene said...

Another beautiful card. Blues and greens are my favorite combo and your lovely stitching always elevates your cards to works of art. Thanks for sharing & glad to hear you're feeling better.

Carla said...

This is gorgeous, Mel! The stitching is just such a special touch!

Ann Flower said...

Absolutely stunning ..... I can't wait to scoop these up! Such a terrific set of cards :) keep up the good work.

Debbie Pamment said...

This is one stunning card! I love your flowers and the stitching - Love it all!

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Buffalo, NY! What an awesome card, Mel! I love how you use sewing on your cards. And thanks so much for the great make it look fun and easy! Thanks for sharing!! debbie

Monika/Buzsy said...

Beautiful card Mel! I love those hand made flowers and all the stitching! Great colors too! Thanks for all your neat tips. :o)

Kendra said...

Beautiful card Mel! I love the stitched stems and the stamping backgrounds you always do. I would never think of these things on my own, so thanks for sharing. Glad you're getting all settled in and back into the crafty groove :)

Deebi27 said...

I want to make such a beautiful card. I have all the floss (and then some...when I used to cross stitch), hole punch, flowers, etc! That may be me my late night activity. This card is FABULOUS!

Linda Beeson said...

Wonderful! I am amazed at how many really amazing details you included on one tiny little card! Love the flowers and that black background.