Monday, July 15, 2013

A Triple-stamped Fancy-cut Flower card

Triple stamped Hero Arts flower

Hi All!

So.... I was feeling all in charge the blogging regularly thing again (like a real blogger even!) but I pulled an intercostal muscle or something very mean, and it has decided that it gets to be the boss of life-in-general instead of me. I'm still hoping to keep up the pace of every 4/5 days or so, but if I don't manage that... you'll know why. :-)



Here's a close up view:

Triple stamped Hero Arts flower Simon Says Stamp Challenge - close up

I stamped the flower image three times:


The 1st stamping was to create a white embossed background of the little flowers.
I used Frost White Colorbox ink & white embossing powder on watercolor paper.

The 2nd stamping was to make the leaves. I stamped in white ink on black cardstock, 
then heat-embossed with clear embossing powder, cut the leaves out & adhered them.

The 3rd go was for the flowers. I made a digital paper, pasting little squares of pattern,
 then printed that to stamp the flowers on (in black ink with clear embossing powder).

(silver leafing your embellishments)

silver-leafed chipboard & SRM sticker

This is a grungeboard frame that I covered in silver leaf (or foil). To adhere the silver foil,
I just painted on the adhesive that comes in the Mona Lisa foil kit, let it dry & stuck the foil on. Easy peasy! (By the by, I use the imitation silver leaf foil. It's more affordable.)

The "happy birthday" is a white SRM sticker stuck onto black cardstock.

Interested in some simple striped paper? The stuff I used to line
 the envelope (and the inside of the card) is here:

This digital work is offered up for free, but mainly for personal use only.

Hope you're having a scrumptious week! ox


Paula's ponderings said...

Ouch poor you! Take care of you and we look forward to you being up and running again x lots of love xx

Miriam Prantner said...

Gorgeous! Well worth the effort....take care of yourself!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome looking card! Thanks for the stripes -- love stripes :)

Unknown said...

Mel, I hope your strained muscle is better soon. But ya know what - don't worry about how many days before you get back. You always give 150% on every post and are one of the most creative persons on the web! This technique is so dang cool!! LOVE the pieced paper flowers. I'd like to ask you something. I went back and looked at your post about GIMP. I so badly want to play with some layering, but can it be picked up on a person's own from scratch? I don't know all the lingo and it's hard to decide how to proceed when you don't know the language. Any suggestions? You can email me at if you wish, or answer here. TY so much! Jamie Wilcox

Unknown said...

What a fabulous card Mel - love everything about it; all the different textures and clever way you made your own digital paper for the flowers. Sorry to hear about the problem with the intercostal muscle - hope it's better soon.

Karen x

Anonymous said...

This is amazing, Mel! I've never seen this stamp so beautifully used!
Hope you feel better soon, take care :)

mzjohansen said...

I really like this card!
I cannot seem to find the chipboard frame label. Any chance that you could share the source?


mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Thank You, Ladies! Marie, I couldn't remember where the chipboard frame was from but then it struck me. It's actually a Tim Holtz Grungeboard frame. I edited & linked it up in the post. :) Thanks for being interested!

Lori Aragon said...

Praying you are soon feeling better Mel! Those pesky muscles seem to turn on us every once in a while :(

LOVE your card and the techniques you've used! xoxo

Artes de NĂ¡gela said...

Beautiful card!
I loved it!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Such beautiful details Mel. Love the paper piecing, the chalkboard effect on the leaves, the background you created AND how you put them all together!
Hope that you feel better soon.

Pat (mspfd) said...

Oh wow, this is beautifully made and gorgeous! Love all the embossing and piecing. Love what you did with the silver leafing to the frame! Thanks for the paper!

oscaralley said...

Mel, so sorry you are feeling well. I just got an adjustment and a massage today! I love love love this card, as well of all your cards and other projects. I think your work is amazing. I want to say "THANK YOU SO MUCH" for all the free files you share with everyone! You totally rock! Get to feeling better soon!

Lisa - papergrace said...

Oh hoooo, Ms. Melissa! You are so darn crafty, indeed. Can I first say that I'm so sorry that you're feeling poopy? :( It sucks to feel rotten so I'm sending big (but gentle) fluffy hugs your way. ;)

Second, your card is simply stunning. I wish I knew how your mind worked that you cranked out these amazing pieces of art. It's just beautiful with so many gorgeous little details.

Third (and last), I have that Hero Arts stamp. What *I* made? HAHAHAH!!!Oh my goodness, looked absolutely NOTHING like that. :D

Feel better soon, my wonderful friend. *mwah* ♥

linda from arizona said...

Beautiful, stunning, awesome card! I'm green with envy by your talent.

Susan (rainy) said...

This is beautiful.. so creative and fresh. Love the silver leaf on the grungeboard idea. Hope you are mending.

Bee and Dee said...

A really super card, hope you heal soon. Hugs Bee

mzjohansen said...

Thanks for the link to the grungeboard Mel!
I hope that the pain gets better fast!
Be well and stay happy.
Marie Z. Johansen

Elena said...

Wow! You are amazing, Mel! I love how you paper pieced this beautiful flower!
Hope you feel better soon!

Mira said...

thank You Sweetie for Your words under my layout - so nice! :)) BTW You definitely should put Your cards on the wall! Those are gorgeous! And i'm in love with Your blog layout! Wonderful!

Linda Beeson said...

Using that patterned paper for those flowers is such a great idea, love your card.

kReN said...

Mel, I am your newest follower. This is such a lovely card and I love that Hero Arts stamp. Quite wonderful!

Come and see what I've done lately!


alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous card my Friend!
Your work is simply amazing!
Thank You~

Sandy said...

So very, very pretty!

Jennifer Jackson said...

Beautiful Card. I just came across your blog and love all your creative ideas! Thanks for sharing!

linda from arizona said...

Hope you are feeling better. It's been ages since we've heard from you.

Petti said...

Totally gorgeous card! Lots of hard work too!

Erum Tasneem said...

I hope the muscle heals sooon!!! Love your take with this stamp again! Genius!

kReN said...

Wow! Love this card!

Nina Yang said...

So pretty!