Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A challenge-ing card.. (SOS #2)

this week's challenge over at SOS is to use your oldest stamp/digi image. 

The first stamps I can remember buying* were for our wedding invitations, some 7 years ago now. There was kind of a seashell theme (Chelle, shell, hah)... Here is the stamp on the invitation (sorry about the fuzzy...). These invitations were also my first experience heat embossing and i've been in LURVE ever since. I still have that lovely pearly EP too. I heart it.
 Anyway. I decided to stick with the wedding-ish theme for my challenge card. I must've embossed the shells about a hundred squillion times last night... irridescent, pearly, silver... irridescent with bashful blue ink, iridescent with just versamarker... etc etc etc. then of course it would be off centre (natch), so ya, approximately a hundred squillion. This is what I came up with...
Just white card stock, then a bashful blue layer, sponged around the edges, and a smaller piece of white with the embossed image (bashful blue ink, iridescent ice EP), and some bashful blue satin ribbon. But I wanted MORE SPARKLE. so I put red tape around the edges of the smallest layer, and tried adding dazzling diamonds glitter. and well, that just looked like tape with sparkly stuff on it. Wasn't right at all. So I got out the stickles, and went to TOWN. yup, 1/4" stickle border on the top layer. tee hee. I do love it though.

As with the final image though, a ton of paper was considered. First basic grey base, with BB & silver card stock mats, but I couldn't figure out how to work in the image. Then Grey, BB & DSP, nope, still didn't work. Finally, I got away from the silver THANG, and went with white & blue, and I'm happy with the final product. I just wish there wasn't a weird mark on the bottom of the card near the centre. otherwise, i'd think it's perfect for a summer sea-side wedding. And really, being in NS, those do happen. Inside I stamped congratulations (from a SAB set, I think) in the same blue/EP combo.

*I have stamps my mom gave me that she didn't use anymore, but they're soooo not my style. this is the first that I remember buying, so I'm using that interpretation for the challenge.


Lisa - papergrace said...

Oh, Chelle! I love it, so sparkly and sweet. I love how it all ties back to your wedding invite, too That's just beautiful stuff there. :)

And, you may be a teeny bit crazy with all that Stickles (heehee!), but the effect is lovely!

Thanks for playing along with the SOS crew! xo

Leslie Hanna said...

Ooooh, shiny! HAHA! Thank you so much for playing!

Deena said...

that card is great and i love what you did with the stickles...i am such a dud with that stuff, i would never be able to pull off a cool border like that! thanks for joing in the sos!

Carla aka scrappypug said...

I love my stickles too! Beautiful card.. the colors are just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash and congrats on your Top 3!