Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Naturally Styled

Good morning to all my crafty friends out there!! Hope you're all having a fabulous week so far. :)

I've got a card to share with you today featuring one of the exclusive SCACD stamps from the Natural Beauty collection...this is "Naturally Styled". How gorgeous is this dressform?? I think it's such an elegant image, and I love the pretty vines entwined around the image. The papers are from an MME Stella and Rose pad (Hazel). Susana has an incredible selection of 6x6 paper pads, and her prices are can check them out HERE.

"Naturally Styled" was stamped on Neenah cardstock with Memento Ink and coloured with Copic makers. The image was cut out with my oval Spellbinders. I sponged around the image with a combination of Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet and Walnut Stain Distress Inks while it was still in the die. I wasn't quite happy with the depth of shading on the dress, so I pulled out my Conte crayons and paper blending stump to add some more dimension. The pearls were created with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen in "Cream". The decorative "frame" around the image was created with a Martha Steward border punch. This is by no means my own idea. I've seen this technique used by many very talented papercrafters on my travels around blogland, and think it's a wonderful way to stretch the possibilities of your punches. After punching a strip of cardstock, you simply cut some "V" shaped notches in your carstock so that you can curve the cardstock to the shape of your image panel. In the close up below, you can see the small "gathers" or folds in the punched cardstock ...I used Scor Tape to attach the "frame" to the image.

Copics: Dress: BG0000, BG10, BG11, BG72, BG75, C5, C7, RV000, R81, R83, R85, R89, E40, E41, E43, E49, E50, E59 Vines: YG00, YG03, G28, G99, B31, B34, B37, C5, C7 Mannequin: E50, E31, E25, E29, E59 Bird: B000, B60, C00, C3, C5 Additional shading added with black and brown Conte crayons

The "Natural Beauty" collection of stamps is available exclusively at SCACD. (For our UK friends, you can purchase exclusive SCACD stamps at Quixotic Paperie.)

Make sure to take a bit of time to browse around SCACD, as Susuna is always adding fabulous new products. Take a look at some of the new arrivals at the store:

  • New Stamps from: Kraftin' Kimmie and Emerald Faerie Garden

  • Viva Decor Gel and Molds

  • Make It Crafty Stamps and Chipboard Embellishments

  • ***CANADIAN POSTAL STRIKE*** Ok, so the latest news update this morning is that the strike has escalated to a full shut down of postal services. I encourage my fellow Canadians to check with the businesses they are ordering from for shipping options before placing your orders. Hopefully, this strike will be resolved quickly, but in the meantime we do appreciate your patience and understanding as all businesses are dealing with the complications of this postal strike. Most importantly, I want to encourage you to continue to look to SCACD for all your crafty needs! :)

    I hope you all have a fantastic week. I'll be back on Friday with a another fun post for SCACD...just wait until you see what the design team has been up to!! ;)



    Stamps: SCACD's "Naturally Styled" (from the Natural Beauty Collection)
    Ink: Memento, Copics, Distress Ink
    Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, MME (Stella and Rose, Hazel)
    Embellishments: Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Cream, machine stitching
    Tools: Spellbinders


    Vanja said...

    This is absolutely stunning! Fabulous colouring and gorgeous papers.

    Kelly Schelske said...

    This is so beautiful Melanie!!

    Danni said...

    Oh my goodness!! So, so gorgeous!! Wow!

    Tracey said...

    WOW!! This is stunning Melanie!!!

    Jean said...

    This is fabulous, thank you for the tip on the punch too! I love that punch and it helps to get great ideas from others. Hope your postal strike is over soon.

    Mary Lou said...

    Hi Melanie~~it has been sometime but I am still around:) Whoa this is GORGEOUS!!! Always love how you color--leaves me in awe!!