Thursday, April 23, 2009

This Old Shirt...

Distress Card created for the Hero Arts Club Blog using a shirt stamp by Flourishes.

I stamped the shirt on a piece of duponi silk fabric after first adhering iron on fusible web. I also tried to emboss it with kaleidoscope (sparkly) embossing powder.

I had a vision for this card...I just wasn’t sure how to achieve it. I initially wanted this to be a masculine companion card to my fantasy dress cards, but the shirt is too pedestrian to carry it off...need something like a tuxedo shirt for that. I did, however, like how it looked on the silk.

Since I didn’t know what to do…or where I was going with this card, I decided to distress the shirt to give it a well worn and traveled look. Don't know if you can see the torn pocket or collar.

I had picked up the Anyone Can Stamp clear design Travel Journal set this week and decided to have a go at it…and the card evolved from there. Not sure, though, that the shirt and sentiments really work together, but...

The speckled looking background paper is actually a sheet of sand's that for a distressed look! I inked most of the edges (even the shirt) or smudged the papers with either Ranger's tea dye or walnut stain distress inks (or both). The exception is the brown card base, which I actually burnt with a match. My son had asked if he could burn a letter he was writing for an American studies project to give it an aged antique look (funny how we're both working on similarly themed projects!) and I guess I got carried away as I love the (real) burnt paper look and feel.

I decided to carry the travel theme to the inside of the card by using two additional stamps from the clear “Travel Journal” set…I thought they'd make an interesting way to write a tips, etc. to the recipient of the card.

I decided to add two ‘remember this’ stamped circles...for more writing space.

Hope you enjoy…

1 comment:

Karen said...

Duponi silk?! Sand paper?! I just LOVE how out of the box you are thinking!! What a marvelous way to create!! This is so inspiring, I'm so glad I popped on to your blog tonight!! :>