Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Asian Inspiration

Hey Peoples!!  This week is flying by and I am sooooo behind! (yeah, I know....that is nothing new!!)

This weekend we are leaving to do a bicycle ride in Solvang, CA., with my in laws and some other friends. I am looking forward to the time away.  My only "hmmmmmm" on the ride would be I haven't ridden my bike for a couple of months. Life, weather and many other excuses just kept me from riding.  I know that I can bluff my way through the 25 miles we are going to ride with the Kiddos, but I'm not sure what condition my rear will be in!! LOL!

We will also be celebrating my mother in law's birthday and the birthday's of two of the other friends who are coming along.  It's Wednesday evening.  I have ONE card done.  We are leaving Friday after I get off work.  Nooooo stress here!!

I will spare you the over played song and dance about the lack of light in my office at night and the quality of my photography skills.  Just trust me that this card has much more POP in real life.

While panicking trying to find some inspiration for this card, I went to my favorites on SCS.  Immediately I came upon this INCREDIBLE creation by Anne Ryan.  This is my take on her lovely card:

The base of the top folded card is a piece of 6 x 4 1/4" textured black card stock.  The DP from 7Gypies' "Gypsy Market" was layered onto SU's Taken with Teal.  The vase was cut and embossed using my classic Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities. The circle was cut in half to make my vase.  I then placed T!m Holtz's mini flourish mask on the 1/2 circle and covered the entire piece with my Versamarker pad.  Black embossing powder was then sprinkled over the versamarker.  I carefully removed the mask and melted the embossing powder, giving me the tone on tone texture of glossy and flat finishes. 

I pulled out some REALLY old prima flowers that I have had forever and threaded them onto some black wire, twisting a flat loop. I deliberately flipped the flowers to the back side, so the petals would curl up versus down.   Black 1/2 pearls were then adhered to the wire using Glossy Accents as my glue.  I then bundled groups of the flowers together and held them with a strip of the 7Gypsie paper and score tape.  I used the unembossed 1/2 of the circle to make the "back" of my vase, and used score tape to place my flowers.  Foam tape and score tape were then used to place the "front" of the vase over the back.  Hint:  I usually color the edges of my foam tape to match the paper (in this case, black) so that the white doesn't "pop" out when the recipient is examining the card.  The final touch was to add the leaf trinket pins by Maya Road. I used my copic black marker to color the silver part of the pin black so it would blend with the wire.  I then raided The Toad's tool box and borrowed some wire cutters to cut the leaf off of one of the pins and adhered it to the back of the flower with a couple of small glue dots.
Supplies: Paper: 7Gypsies 6x6 gypsy market, textured black and SU's Taken with Teal.  Accessories:  black embossing powder, Tim Holz's mini flourish, Scor tape, Glossy AccentsMaya Road leaf Trinket pins, -all from eclecticPaperie.  Black craft wire, Hero Arts 1/2 black pearls. 

Thanks for dropping in again today!!  I'm going to clean up this mess so I can start another one!!  Till then....


Melody (lacyquilter) said...

I really love this card. Not your usual style, is it.


Your card is wonderful! I love the colors you used...Hope you have a wonderful time on your little trip. Good luck with your behind. There is no way i would try this at my age. There is something to be said for youth!

kaiandkristi said...

Ooooohhhhhh! Great card! Have fun in Solvang! I love that place. Kai's family is Danish so we always go there for aebleskiver--yummm! Hope you guys have a great time!

Beate said...

Wow, Starla, this is beautiful! I love everything about it.
Hugs and smiles

Dawn Mercedes said...

this is a stunning card!


Fantastic...should enter this into a magazine or something..NO JOKE!