This card may also be seen in Cards magazine October 2011 issue.
Hey! Thanks for your comments on my video + card yesterday. I also appreciate the clarification of the penny farthing bicycle stamp I used. Obviously, I’m not an expert in bikes, but I’m glad you all set me straight! Now, I’ll say proudly, “penny farthing” bike! I noticed that the type of bicycle may also be called a “high wheel.” I really like that term because it reminds me of my “big wheel” when I was a child. I digressed a bit, but really just wanted to say thanks for setting the record straight on that term for me! I learn something every day! I love that!
The card I’m sharing today took two days to complete. I wanted to share this with you all because all cards are not created in a jiffy for me. Some of my Twitter and Facebook friends shared a similar challenge I’ve been facing recently about losing the creative passion after working full time during the day. Here’s what happens just about every day – I get excited, get an idea, concept, or motivated. When I take a break from my work tasks, I’ll usually jot down the idea or sketch something out really quick so (1) I won’t forget and (2) I can jump right into the idea when I return home. Well, when I get home, I sometimes just sit there, staring at those ideas and drawings written on paper. All of that excitement and creative passion somehow dies down. Oh how that frustrates me. Sometimes, I fight through it and try to create anyway. It works sometimes. For instance, with this card concept, there was not a pre-conceived idea or sketch, but I started with the patterned paper, black strip, die cut pinking circle with par avion circle die cut and just got stumped. I had no idea what I wanted to do next. I stared at the doily, some baker’s twine, and just left it there. I really gave up on the card and thought the next day, I would just start over with a new idea. Low and behold, the next day when I returned, I picked up where I left off, die cut and embossed the crown and finished it off!
Sorry this is a long story, but I wanted to share how my creative process is sometimes longer than expected. I’m grateful for my job, but sometimes it takes my energy away. I just want to share some encouragement with those of you who create in the evenings and at night after a hard day of work (whether it be taking care of your family or working otherwise), take some time to breathe. You may have to step away, but continue on and don’t throw things away! If I threw the card I started away, this card probably would never be shown here.
Creative Passion at night…I miss you.
I die cut a small pinking circle from red cardstock. Then, I die cut the par avion circle from an airmail envelope and adhered them together. Next, I die cut, embossed, and stenciled the crown. The par avion embellishment was adhered to the crown center. The patterned paper is cut to about 4″ x 5.75″. I added a black cardstock strip, then wrapped bakers twine around the entire piece multiple times and tied it in a bow.
Next, I used a scrap piece of doily and adhered it to the patterned paper. Then, added the crown die cut using foam adhesive. I carefully lifted the bakers twine to add some on top of the crown. I inked the tag and stamped the sentiment. Attach the tag to the patterned paper with foam adhesive and make sure it’s nestled under that twine bow. I threaded some buttons with twine and adhered them to the tag.
Here is another view of the card to show the dimension of the layers. The card measures 4.25″ x 6″. Thanks so much for coming by today. I hope you have a fabulous Thursday. I’m so excited the weekend is within arm’s reach and it’s a long one too!
Stamps :: Papertrey Ink – mega mixed messages
Ink :: Ranger – tea dye + antique linen; Close to My Heart – cranberry
Cardstock :: Papertrey Ink – fresh linen + true black
Patterned Paper :: 7 Gypsies – lille collection 6×6 paper pad
Embellishments :: Craft Supply – doily + baker’s twine + airmail envelope; Papertrey Ink – buttons
Tools :: Fiskars – pinking scissors; Spellbinders – S4-297 nested crowns + S4-172 pinking circles sm + GC-001 grand calibur