Sunday, September 28, 2008

A heritage of covered bridges

We are so fortunate to live in a country where we share the heritage of covered bridges. The history and beauty of these structures are each uniquely interesting. Clear Dollar Stamps has designed a set called "Country Bridges" that will open up endless design ideas for the cardmaker. This beautiful stamp set will be released on October 1st.

Dimensions: 5"X5", Card opens from bottom
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps Country Bridges Stamp Set
Techniques: Basic Stamping, Sponging, Prismacoloring with Mineral Spirits
Paper: Daisy D's "Halloween" Designer Collection, Colormates Medium Autumn Red Cardstock, Paper Trey White Cardstock
Ink: Stampin Up! So Saffron & Cranberry CrispInks, Adirondack Pitch Black Ink
Tools: Micron 01 Black Marker, Signo White Gel Pen, Primsacolor Pencils, Mineral Spirits, Blending Stump
Embellishments: Daisy D's Hinges, Adhesive Gold Beads, Offray Flair Gold Metallic Ribbon

To create this card, I cut the patterned designer paper to size as well as a matching sized piece of white cardstock for the card lining. The image was stamped on white cardstock using Pitch Black Ink. All detail on the image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with mineral spirits. The colored, stamped image was cut out using an Xacto knife and straight edge. Using the same metho I cut out 2 coordinating mats: one in matching designer gold and one in Autumn Red cardstock. I glued the stamped image onto the 2 mats, added dot doodles to the 2 mats with a black fine-tip marker, and a white gel pen, respectively.

The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock using Pitch Black ink. The edges were sponged heavily with So Saffron and Cranberry Crisp. I cut out the sentiment using an Xacto knife and straight edge. I added dot doodles with a fine-tip black marker. I anchored the sentiment with a decorative cranberry-colored hinge and matching brads. The ribbon was anchored to the top back corner and bottom back corner, tying a bow around the top ribbon. I embellished the ribbon with adhesive gold beads. To finish the card, the card base was glued to the card white cardstock lining.


Jami {sgtStamper} said...

How Beautiful!! I love covered bridges, they are so romantic! I love how you added the beads on the ribbon, and what a neat hinge!!

Laurie Wilson said...

Oh wow Linda, this is gorgeous!