Thursday 3 December 2020

Very Versailles for Creating Kindness Guest Design


I'm so pleased to be joining the talented crew at Creating Kindness as Guest Designer this month. If you've not come across this inspiration blog before, add it to your must-look list. Each month, they come out with amazing projects, based around a theme, just to inspire your creativity. Often, there are videos of projects as well.

This month, the theme is 'Designer's Choice'. Well, plenty to work from there! As I've been pretty busy with prepping classes, events and other Design Team commitments, it's been a while since I've had a chance to sit and my desk and play. So the option of my own choice was a welcome one.

I got out a favourite stamp set, Very Versailles, and thought about some of my favourite techniques then waited to see what the result was.

The result was, perhaps, a little more over-the-top than my usual style but I like it - and I really enjoyed making it!

I like embossing, so after stamping the foliage in two generations, I added in another gold-embossed layer with the same stamp. I really like the sense of depth the three layers together create. I also gold-embossed the mirror frame stamp over the top of the Pool Party script, as a grounding for the popped-up sentiment.

Sponging is another favourite technique, so after the stamping was complete, I lightly sponged some Pool Party behind the foliage to create the illusion of sky.

To create even more depth, without adding extra physical layers, I sponged a partial frame in opposite corners. If you've not come across this technique before, I explain how to do it in this post. It's a very easy way to add some extra zip to your layouts.

I also have a soft spot for texture embossing. To create the mat layer that looks like rolled gold, I embossed a piece of gold foil with the Tasteful Textile embossing folder. The Subtle folder also makes a nice job of foil.

As you hop around you'll probably notice that the fabulous Cheryll Miller and I have had a moment of trans-Tasman communion. She's cased another card from my blog as her inspiration. We had a good laugh when I told her that this card was half a case of the same thing, so if you think you're seeing double - well, kind of. You can certainly see that we were both channelling the same inspiration but it's also interesting to see the differences too. 

I hope you found something to try out for yourselves out of my Designer's Choice project. If you did, I'd love to see what you did with it. 

A big thanks to the Creating Kindness team for inviting me along for the hop. Click on the next button to see what inspiration the wonderful Lou Kitzelman has for you... she's giving us a sneak peek at something exciting from the January-June 2021 Mini-Catalogue.

If you get lost along the way, here's a list of all the participant links.
  1. Jan Clothier - Guest Designer – NZ
  2. Lou Kitzelman – Australia
  3. Cheryll Miller – Australia
  4. Jay Soriano – UK
  5. Jenny Hall – USA
  6. Liz Yuille - UK
  7. Charlet Mallett – USA
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  1. Snap Jan! I am still chuckling at the serendipity of our CASEing crossover! Always fabulous to be hopping with you. ;-) xxx

  2. One of my favourite stamp sets and an amazing project! Lx

  3. So pretty! I love the gold and green. These two colors sit so well together. Lovely to hop with you.

  4. I did get quite a chuckle out of your post and Cheryll's. I am going to try to CASE the two of you. This is a beautiful card but I never ordered this stamp set. I know I have something similar that's retired. I'm afraid SU might retire this one this year. We'll see if my ESP becomes reality.

    1. Sadly, I think you might be right, Karen. Not very many sets make it past two catalogues - but we'll see. :-)

  5. So many amazing techniques in one card. I really love this Jan. Your partial frame is so effective and it is on my list to try. Thanks for joining us as Guest Designer this month. x

  6. It was a total pleasure! Thanks for the invite.