Yes, it’s been way too long since I’ll blogged my craft creations. Long story short, moving back to the states to a part of the country we’ve never lived before, starting a new job, completing a major home renovation- all just took its toll on me and I was in a funk. I haven’t stopped creating though ~ that’s what helped me keep my sanity. I love creating and trying new products. I’ve got several projects in the works that I hope to share in the near future.
So I had to make a wedding card for one of my British friends and thought the Tim Holtz stamp set, Architecture would be pretty. However, I was totally intrigued with Kath Stewart’s take on building 3 dimensional layers and wanted to try it. So yes, I give Kath the credit for this creation.
So I first stamped the church image 3 times in archival black ink on water color paper. I decided to emboss the last image and in hind site should have done all 3. Using Distress Oxides – pumice Stone, hickory smoke, antique linen, and vintage photo, I inked my craft mat, spritzed with water and then dabbed then 3 different images in the colors. I intentionally wanted each to have a different shade from dark to light so that you could create the illusion of depth.
Then deciding the order of images, I choose the middle color to be the base. I trimmed it to 1/4″ of my card and tour the top left ornament from the image. I then roughed up the edges all around the image. I added bits of highlighting to the images where I felt it needed.
The next step was determining how I was going to layer everything. I did this by focusing on the building columns and windows. Fussy cutting is not my thing and I will typically avoid at all cost but this stamp really calls for this. So I got out my very old scaple and cut out the windows. I wanted the image that I’d embossed to be the top image, it was the lightest of the three. So it’s the image where the windows have been removed. Next I focused on the columns and I cut those from the darkest image. I felt it really added depths to the building.
I adhered all with black foam tape. The love die cut is from Catherine Pooler and the embellishments are all Tim Holtz.
I like to decorate my envelopes to match the card. As you can see here I just stamped and gold embossed the front left side with the church ⛪️ image. I was pleased with how it all turned out and hope my friend enjoys it.
I hope you find inspiration in this as I did. It was fun to create and I’d do it again, even with the fussy cutting 😊. Happy creating.