Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Fraternal Twins

I saw a pretty card - this card - a couple of days ago on the Thinking Inking blog. My rendition was created from memory, which obviously isn't that great. There are elements of the card that I like, but as a whole, it just never quite came together. Distressing, for the most part, is not my forte, and as I've said before, I generally save distressing techniques for occasions when I want my project to look old. For this card, I used the direct to paper technique using the Cocoa Distressing Ink pad.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Crystal Blue, and Cocoa cardstock; White Daisy Pigment ink pad; Cocoa Distressing Ink pad; Cocoa ink pad; Butterfly Kiss and Goodness of Life stamp sets; Edge Distresser tool; Stampin' Up Photo Corner punch; Antiqued Copper brads.

Before posting tonight, I made my nightly tour around the blogosphere and happened upon the card that had inspired me. After taking a second look, I decided to try again. While I doubted that any attempt of mine would capture the essence of Debbie's card, I knew that I could do better. I think I was right. What do you think? It's not Debbie's card by any means, but it's a version I like. With the exception of Colonial White, I changed the color palette, trading Crystal Blue and Cocoa for Heavenly Blue and Chocolate. I also switched butterflies, a move I'm questioning. My distressing was done with the Foam Texture tool. The look is softer, and I like it so much more. Using the background stamp made a big difference, too, and I like the ribbon.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Heavenly Blue, and Chocolate cardstock; Heavenly Blue and Chocolate ink pads; White Daisy Pigment Ink pad; Flutter, Adorable Backgrounds, Goodness of Life, and Impression Obsession Sentiments II stamp sets; Edge Distresser tool; Foam Texture tool; Stampin' Up Photo Corner punch; Antiqued Copper brads; Chocolate grosgrain ribbon; 1-inch and 1-1/4 inch circle punches.

My cards are fraternal twins and very distant relatives of Debbie's beautiful card. With that, I'm going to go straighten up my corner and prepare for . . .um . . . how about Wild Wednesday? I'm not certain just what will be wild about it, but I'll figure out something. Stop back, and check it out. 'Til then, take care.


Maricar said...

I like both, but I really like the effect of the background stamp and the ribbon/tag of the second card.

How's Marv these days? Any news?

lisascreativecorner said...

These are both beautiful! I saw the card you cased when she first posted it and thought, "Hmm...how can I create this with the stamps I have?" You did a great job! How did you get the background effect on the 2nd card? Versamark ink doesn't do a very good job on the white core CS. Did you chalk it after you stamped it? Whatever you did, it looks great!

I was also wondering how your hubby was doing. *Ü*

Pammiewhammie said...

ooooooooooo this is so pretty...both of them! STOP ENTICING ME! LOL

Jeanne said...

Fraternal twins? Love it!!

I have to say that I, too, am not a good distresser of cards using the stamp pad. Your distressing looks good to me, though!

While that first card is nice, I absolutely think you perfected it with your second card. It is awesome!

Can't wait to see what you come up with for Wild Wednesday! :o)

Vicki said...

I really like the second card but like the look of the butterflies on the first card better I think. Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards.

Vicki - Michigan

Anonymous said...

ok just checking on you in callyfornia it is almost 9pm and no new post. Hope you are ok. Just want you to know we notice these things and miss you.
Have a great weekend.
Can you believe it is Palm Sunday and Easter is next week!
Gay Masterson