All week Penny Black is collaborating with May Arts. The DT will be showcasing projects using their beautiful ribbons. I will be starting this collaboration with a card using their jute twine in Parrot Green.
I took the opportunity with this project to include several techinques that I’ve wanting to use. I’m not very comfortable (or really have’t attempted much) adding several layers to a card. I also wanted to play with embossing paste again. I haven’t touched it since the summer and I wanted to create a subtle background using this technique. And, since I’ve been into paints lately – arcrylic and Distress Paints – I wanted to add that touch as well.
I first worked on the components of my layers. The flowers, Dahlia Dance (4380K), were stamped in black ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils. I selected 2 of the flowers from the image and fussy cut. The frame from Feather & Frames (51-039) was die cut several time to create thickness and dimension. The top layer wash colored with Scattered Straw Distress Ink and sprayed with yellow die ink to add a little more vibrance. I die cut Nature’s Song (51-014) from a card stock that I had painted with various hues of reds and picks. And finally, the “hello” from Hello Frame (51-040) was cut several times. The top layer was distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink. I put all these components aside and worked on the rest of the card.
I wanted to keep the background of my card very simple. I love all the the subtle backgrounds that you can create with a stencil and embossing paste. I decided to use a simple background of dots and used translucent embossing paste over it. I carefully taped my card panel as well as the stencil down before I started spreading the paste. I just love the result!
Once the card panel was completed, I wrapped the Parrot Green jute twine several times around the length of the panel. I adhered it to the back with regular scotch tape. I mounted the panel on the card base with dimensional foam. The components were then added to the card. Once all the components were arranged, I added a small bow of jute twine to complete it.
Stay around for the rest of the week and visit the Penny Black blog for more inspiration.