The Evolution of a Sweet Stamps Card, POLKA STYLE!!

8 Mar

When it comes to crafting, well card making, I would say I am not intimidated by much.  I have graduated to DIVA level and can SEW on cards, I can paper piece, I can color enough to fake it!  Ok, I have not even 1 COPIC to my name, but I was side swiped by this weeks SWEET STAMPS DT challenge.

Do you want to show me up? Yeah, I am talking to you, CG and Mrs. Analog, I dare you to try this one.  You do realize all the challenges at Sweet Stamps Blog, have a prize?  A $20.00 store gift certificate!  Hmmm, I wonder if I can enter?   Just kidding!

The challenge is to use Vellum on your project.  If you have any Sweet Stamps to use, all the better!

When given this challenge we were introduced to a technique called PARCHMENT CRAFT.  I watched the video, and it seemed easy enough.  Well let me tell you, I think you are either born to EXCEL or NOT EXCEL at this technique.  I had a challenging time, getting this to look beautiful like the cards I’d seen in the videos and pictures I’d seen.

When I call this post THE EVOLUTION of a SWEET STAMPS CARD, that is really what this process was for me.  I had to have input from experts and I had to fine tune this before I was confident enough to post the card and say, “I made this!”

Without further ado, here is my finished product:

The stamp that I used is called FORGET ME NOT HEART -7029.

Parchment Craft as defined by me, to you, is to take a piece of vellum, stamp it, emboss it, turn the vellum over and dry emboss the image from the back.

What happens when you do this, is that you stretch the vellum and when the vellum is stretched, it turns to a darker, opaque white.

The polka dots in the center of my card are the perfect example of what happens to the vellum.

I also did the dry embossing on the area just outside the middle, that is what all my flowers are mixed into.

The white flowers I made were very fun to make.  To get the petals to curl up, I simply stretched them in a curl by dragging my fingernail across the surface.  Think of the way ribbon curls when you run scissors along the surface, well the vellum did the same thing, by just using my hands, NO SCISSORS NEEDED:)

I do think the card turned out to be a very ELEGANT looking card.  Fit for a princess, a bride a mom or a special friend.  If you have not tried parchment craft or crafting with vellum, here is your chance.  You never know if you are going to like something, unless you try it, right?

I would HIGHLY encourage you to go over to the SWEET STAMPS BLOG.  The cards that they have made for this challenge, are pretty much jaw dropping!  Some of them, are masters, I daresay, of this craft!  I would love for you to join along.  Leave a comment and let me know, are you in?

Have a great week, I will be back with a CHEERY LYNN DESIGNS post on Friday, come back and visit then!


13 Responses to “The Evolution of a Sweet Stamps Card, POLKA STYLE!!”

  1. Bree March 8, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    Well – seems to me you did just awesome with this technique – the card is gorgeous !

  2. Kendra March 8, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    I think your card is amazing! You did a great job! Love the colors!

  3. Tamara Morton March 8, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Wow and double wow!! I so love your card.. Gorgeous colours and also how you have used those wonderful Sweet Stamps stamps really make them stand out!! more items to add to my wish list..


  4. Cassie March 8, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    I think it looks fantastic!!! Who wouldn’t love getting this in the mail? Fabulous job Miss!!! =)

  5. Jacqueline Hill March 8, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Fantastic! It’s a gorgeous girly card. I love it.

  6. dawnll March 8, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    This turned out so beautiful- such wonderful details and love all the colors

  7. Michelle H. March 8, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    WOW! It’s gorgeous!!! Love your solution with the bow and tiny white flower! Love the polkas on the center heart and that 1 side of the card has no border. I will most certainly try the parchment challenge- I’m scared!!! Cards are a new frontier for me.

    • Bonnie March 8, 2011 at 11:27 am #

      I love your card and the bright colors. You did a great job. Love the evolution!!!

  8. Sandy Fredrick March 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Jeannie, this card is so pretty. I love all the bright colors you used and the flowers really set this stamp off. Your embossing is beautiful. There’s so much to look at I almost missed the scallop boarder. Gorgeous!!

  9. Dawn Bennett March 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Beautiful Card. Love all the bright flowers you added.

    Dawn B

  10. Stacey Richardson March 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Jeannie, fantastic card! There are so many pretty elements, what a great creation!

  11. Jacki R March 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    One fabulous card Jeannie!! I think you rocked this technique!!!

  12. Sandy H March 14, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Jeannie, your card does not look like you struggled, it is so elegant and beautiful. I hope you won’t give up on working with vellum, it can be quite fun once you get over the intimidation, lol. Great job on sticking with it and a fabulous card.

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