Sunday, 15 May 2011

Heat embossed Natures Walk card

I got up at 0 crack hundred hours yesterday morning to check out the new Less is More challenge and was very excited to find that Mandi and Chrissie are asking for embossed (dry or heat embossed) one-layer cards. It gave me the perfect opportunity to do something I've been wanting to do for a little while - come and have a look:


I know I'm not the first to put a bird into the Nature's Walk cage but I've been wanting to do it ever since I first saw the set in the mini catalogue. The cage is 'hung' from a line of piercing so that it doesn't just float about aimlessly in the middle of the card front! Before I go on, can I just apologise for the photos - I kept trying different positions and lights...!



I've recently discovered the Confetti card stock and I'm using it in Cream for this card base. It's a gorgeous, firm card stock flecked with blue and grey and I love the extra dimension it gives to a one-layer card. I stamped the bird in Tempting Turquoise to tie in with the flecks and to stand out against the gold embossed cage.


I like my sentiments to form a group with my focal image, so I changed this one slightly using my stamp-a-majig. The 'of you' is stamped first in Basic Black, then 'thinking' was added in versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. With hindsight, I should have given the black ink a quick blast with my heat tool before stamping the versamark word as it's picked up some of the embossing powder too. It would have looked better with more of a contrast between the words.


Here's how to make this card:

  • Take an A5 piece of Confetti Cream card stock. Score and fold it in half to make a card base.
  • Stamp the cage in versamark ink and sprinkle with gold embossing powder. Heat until the image turns glossy.
  • Colour the bird from Silhouette Sentiments with a Tempting Turquoise marker. Stamp it onto the cage using a stamp-a-majig to position it where you want it - the embossing will resist the ink and it will look as if you stamped the bird before the cage.
  • Use the mat pack and a piercing tool to create the thread the cage hangs from. 
  • Stamp the sentiment as described.
  • Finish the card with a self-adhesive rhinestone at the top of the cage.

Supplies
Stamps: Natures Walk, Sincere Salutations, Silhouette Sentiments (hostess set)
Ink: Basic Black, versamark, markers
Card stock: Confetti Cream
Other: Basic rhinestones, gold embossing powder

Actually, although I've been wanting to make this card for ages, I don't like the idea of birds in cages. But I do think this card would be good to offer support to a friend in a tight spot.

Hope you're having a great weekend. I'm having some lovely friends over for Sunday lunch today so I'd better get cooking or they'll be hungry friends! Thank you for coming to see me and I'll look forward to returning your visit. See you soon,

42 comments:

  1. Vicky - this is just gorgeous. I really like your base card stock and the bird and birdcage are lovely!!

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  2. I really like this card. And totally get the not putting birds in cages thing... still, a wonderfully clean and simple card :)

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  3. Lovely card Vicky, embossing is the perfect medium for popping a bird into its cage isn't it.
    I like the idea of the pierced chain too.
    Thank you for another super submission.
    Chrissie
    Lady Lim
    "Less is more"

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  4. Stunning CAS card Vicky. Love this confetti CS, not used this yet, but it looks fab!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  5. Fantastic card Vicky!
    What a creative girlie you are, you never cease to amaze me!
    Thank you
    Diva LIM mandi
    Less is More

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  6. Great card. I haven't used the confetti for ages and agree for one layer it is just the thing.
    Linbyx

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  7. Everything ties together really well. The gold and turquoise with your base card. The gilded cage and the paper pieced chain. Brill. x

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  8. Beautiful CAS card Vicky, love the compositoin of all the elements too.
    The birdcage looks fab embossed in gold :)
    Jenny x

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  9. This is so beautiful Vicky! xx

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  10. Gorgeous . . . as usual!

    Hugs, Sandra

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  11. It's a great card Vicky, fab idea. Jo

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  12. Very cleverly done, I like the fact you have put something that shows the cage as 'hanging' instead of just 'there'!! Great card..xx

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  13. Love the cage embossed in gold and the the little turquoise bird fits perfectly. Fab. x

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  14. What a stunning card! Love the little coloured touch for the bird

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  15. Hi Vicky
    Anther stunner ....gorgeous.....you are amazing
    with your ideas .....what was your job ...can i be nosey...?????
    hugs
    sylvie
    Enjoy your Sunday lunch...can i come!!!!!
    xxx

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  16. A beautiful card - great embossing

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  17. Love this card Vicky - I think the gold embossing and the blue of the bird go so well together - Jacqueline xx

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  18. Such a good idea - I love the blue bird in the gilded cage!
    Stacex

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  19. JUst such a gorgeous CAS card :)... heart.

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  20. Hi there Vicky this really is beautiful, simple but perfect embossing:0) xxx

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  21. Vicky, your card is beautiful. I love the bird in the cage. Hugs Rita xxx

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  22. Beautiful card Vicky! I love that blue bird behind the gold cage. Sarah xx

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  23. This is gorgeous! Your embossing is fantastic!

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  24. Vicky, you are MUCH braver than me! That gold embossing looks absolutely WONDERFUL!!! Fabulous card!

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  25. Stunning Vicky. The cage looks very opulent done in gold EP and I love the fact that it`s not `floating`.
    Lynne xxx

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  26. You're so clever Vicky, this is a great card
    Margaret x

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  27. A stunning card. Heat embossing is fabulous, and I think that the gold straying onto the black just gives it an enhanced antique effect to go with the image. Love the confetti card - I wondered what it was like. Lynn x

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  28. Another stunning card to add to you repertoire of sensational stylish cards, perfect embossing and love the paper piercing.

    Marie

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  29. OOooh yes! This will be added to my favourite list :D

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  30. Lovely card, Vicky. I like how you've "hung" the birdcage!

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  31. Hi Vicky, a very elegant card. Love the colours you have used and agree the cardstock does give an extra 'layer' to the card. I also understand about the birds in cages thing, they are meant to be soaring free not cooped in cages. Sarah

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  32. Oh, Vicky, what an elegant home this bird has! And I really love the piercing that looks like a chain! Amazing!

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  33. The gold embossing is gorgeous! I love the blue bird inside.

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  34. I forgot to mention that I don't like the idea of people keeping birds in cages either but the images do make nice stamps.

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  35. Wow! This is such a simple idea ... but such a WOW impact! Hugs xxaxx

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  36. Pretty card. Your gold embossing looks wonderful! I like your pierced chain, too.

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  37. Love how you put the bird in the embossed cage. Why haven't I seen or thought of this before?!? Great card, Vicky! (I'll refrain from making any of my usual bird comments... haha!)

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x