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Monday, 21 October 2013

A new challenge at Sketch N Stash

Hello there, today's card is for our new challenge over at Sketch N Stash where we are using the following sketch with an optional theme of real or faux stitching.
Our sponsor for this challenge is Pink Gem Designs and the DT were very lucky to be offered an image of our choice to work with.
I went with this gorgeous Victorian style digi image, called Martha, which you can find here on the Pink Gem website.  Making a card the other day, I was reminded of the cracked glass technique, where you triple heat emboss the coloured image with clear embossing powder and then once it has dried after the third time, you bend the image to create cracks for fabulous vintage style.  I then went over the top with some Vintage Photo distress ink to add some age.  I then added some Aged Gold Frantage round the edge - I just love the way this melts into the clear embossed layers - just remember not to overheat otherwise you lose all your cracks!
You can see the gloss finish below -  I think it gives a lovely Victorian feel, a bit like the painting on porcelain which was so popular in Victorian times.
I've used papers from a Webster's pages Xmas selection and then added some velvet ribbon edged with lace and a selection of flowers and berries, along with some vintage style gold foliage from my stash.  I've also added some aged gold to a couple of teeny xmas baubles and lots round the edge of my card!
I have to say, I'm really pleased with how this turned out - love the image and love the vintage feel.
My teamies over at SNS have made some stunning cards to share with you, so hop on over there and by inspired!!

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:
Crafting When We Can - Make it Sparkle
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas/Winter Holiday
Whimsy Inspiration -Vintage/Shabby Chic


Chrissie said...

Simply stunning Julie! I love the vintage look of this and your crackling technique looks amazing.
Chrissie xx

Sue said...

WOW! This is stunning Julie. Such a pretty image and the cracked glass effect looks amazing. I love the papers and gorgeous embellishments too.
hugs Sue xx

Janet - aka stacky said...

Absolutely beautiful card Julie I love what you have created with this gorgeous image, the cracked effect and all the gorgeous details look amazing xx

Debs said...

Amazing card Julie - stunning details and fabulous technique.
Debs xx

Vicky said...

Ooh so gorgeous hun....:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

Kate at the Hobby House said...

totally gorgeous thanks for joining us at the Hobby House challenge
Hugs Kate xx

coops said...

so stunning julie.really love your vintage design and colours and your image and cracked glass effect are fabulous :D

xx coops xx

Heather said...

Hi Julie, a simply stunning card - I love the design and colours - your image is beauitul and such gorgeous details - a perfection pf vintage!!!

Heather xx and.........thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Sabrina said...

Beautiful Card! Love your colouring and the little floral sprig! TYFS and joining in on all the fun at Christmas Card Challenges #48

Jane said...

Woah! This is stunning...should be in an art gallery x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Beautifully vintage, Julie. You cracked it!!! Hugs, Lesley

Jacqueline Smith said...

What a fabulous card, love the vintage feel and all the details on your card! Thanks for playing with us Whimsy Stamps!

ARTfulWings said...

Beautiful vintage feel to your card - a stunning piece. Thank you for joining in with us over at The Hobby House. Polly x

~@ngie~ said...

wow fantastic card darl.. it really does look like its an antique... I do love ya colouring technique & how ya just make ya cards look perfect ;) hehehe

love n hugz Angie xXx