Wednesday, 22 February 2012

So distressed...


...the card, not me!  Hi everyone, I have something completely different from  my usual style today.  I decided to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone to create a card for Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, in a vintage/distressed style!  The theme for this week is Take Your Pick...London, Paris or New York, so I had to go with good ole Britannia and make a London themed card...
...I thoroughly enjoyed making this card (although it did take a while), it was great to get my hands inky and think out of the box for a change - there is some fantastic DT inspiration over at Simon Says, which helped get me going! The papers I used are from the Serif free digi kit, British Street Party and I inked everything with Vintage Photo DI!  I don't normally do shabby/distressed, so was almsot hyper-ventilating as I took the edge of my scissors to the paper to grunge it up! ...
...I used some narrow DST and gilding flakes to highlight the union jack paper in the background, which I had overprinted with a shadow image of Big Ben and randomly stamped over the background and bunting with a My Mind's Eye stamp (looks a bit like a heradic ribbon)...
 ...I added the word 'crafting' to the sentiment in PS and made some bunting from another of the Serif papers...
...I cropped and resized one of the crowns from the blue crown paper, then cut out and added plenty bling...
...I finished with a union jack pin badge that I found in  my button box (amazingly!).  The best bit about this card is the fact that I so enjoyed making it and had a go at something new - my fingers are now brown from Distress Inks and I have lost a couple of hours, but I am happy! :)  Hope you like it!  Thanks for dropping by, Lisa x
I am entering this card into the following challenges :
London, Paris or New York
J for Jazz it Up
(I have jazzed u woth diamantes and goilding flakes)
#38 So Distressed
Allsorts
Free and Easy February

11 comments:

Elaine said...

What a lovly card and so "on trend" I like the crown and the muted colours .
Good luck with the challenge
Hugs Elaine

Dan said...

You've achieved such a great vintage feel with this piece! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week - Thank you!

Candy C said...

Your card is really great. I love the way you've used your digi stamps. Great design! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Candy C said...

Hi Lisa. Thank you for such a lovely comment that you left on my blog!!! I'm so glad that I inspired you to create such a wonderful card!!! It really is a great design and I love the vintage feel that you gave to it while allowing it to be brightly colored and have a little bit of "bling", too! <3 Candy

coops said...

wow this is stunning lisa.i love the fab vintage design and fab patriotic colours and details :D

xx coops xx

Mummylade said...

What a lovely project! Thank you so much for playing along with us at Allsorts this week and good luck!

Kazza said...

Great distressing work on your fabulous card. Hope you get to do more of this style! Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls.

julieprice3 said...

Very creative,great distressing. Thanks so much for joining us at ABC this time
Hugs Julie P

Angélique said...

Great card! Makes me wanna go to London right now... love that city! :)
Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenges this time! Hope to see you again :)

*hugs*
Angélique - DT

minerva said...

gorgeous darling .... just gorgeous

Tab said...

Wonderful card, hun...love these style of cards!
Hugs Tab xxx