Sunday 15 February 2015

Paper Craft Crew 131

 After the summery weather of the last few days, today is feeling quite wintery so that makes it a good day to go to my craft room. Too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy: all good reasons.

I wanted to enter the Paper Craft Crew Challenge but it's taken me a while to come up with an idea that I liked. The sketch was, as usual, both challenging and interesting.

Everything in this card is Stampin' Up, except for the Spellbinders Sprightly Sprocket dies that I used to cut the cogs out of corrugated cardboard. Then I used a mixture of gold, cajun craze, gold embossing powder and clear embossing powder and lot of blending, heating, smearing and layering to get a faux metal effect. I learned of this idea from a Stampin' Up video clip by Allison Okamitsu.

Not so clear in the photos is the gentle ink distressing in Perfect Plum around the edges of the Beautifully Baroque panel and the gold ink lightly daubed over the Wild Wasabi leaves.

The big cog is raised from the panel by dimensionals and that, along with the eventual height of the flower, will send me back to my room to create a package style envelope for this wedding card!

Card: Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, vellum
Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts, Petite Petals, Papillon Potpourri
Inks: Perfect Plum, gold, versamark, Cajun Craze
Other: Spellbinder Sprightly Sprocket dies, Butterfly Punch, Itty Bitty punch, Leaf sizzlit, Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, sponges, embossing powder (gold and clear), dimensionals, Perfect Plum ribbon, Perfect Plum brad, pearls


  1. Really lovely card! Thank you for joining the Paper Craft Crew this week!!

  2. What a great idea, having that metal-like sprocket behind the delicate flowers and butterfly, Jan. I love the idea. It really pushes your card over the top. Thanks so much for joining us this week for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

  3. Hi Jan, the metal adds a touch of vintage gorgeousness to your card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Craft Crew. Carolyn xx

  4. Gorgeous card! I love the details with the flowers with the sprocket. Great job with the layout. Thanks for playing along and joining the fun with the Paper Craft Crew.

  5. Fabulous card Jan! Love the faux metal sprocket and cogs you've created! And your layering with the flowers and the vellum embossed greeting is a lovely take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Craft Crew this week :-)