Monday, 7 September 2009

Whiff of Joy GDT call

Katharina is hosting a Guest Design Team call on her blog.....Wow!! I am so excited at just the thought of it!! This is my first entry for the GDT call. You know when you get an idea and then it seems really difficult to put into fruition?? That is this card, but I'm so pleased with the end result! I was looking at the gorgeous Willow catching autumn leaves when the idea came to me that it would be great to have lots of leaves seemingly floating above her, which is how the whole card came into being. I also wanted to use as many of the autumn kit stamps as I could. I'm sorry there are lots of photos but I was so excited at how the card turned out!

I made a stairstep card and added a backing of acetate to give the impression that the leaves are floating on their own. I stamped Willow and then also stamped the leaves part of the stamp a few more times so that I could cut out the individual leaves.

I have also used the gorgeous stamp of Willow sitting with a loaf of bread and sat her on the middle step of the card.

I just love the large mushroom so had to use it, although it changed position many times and is now on the back step of the card with punched leaves around the base.

A view of the pumpkins on the front step. I have stamped a Stempelglede swirl stamp from the Grunge Hearts collection in various places on the backing paper. You can see some of it behind the pumpkins. I have also added some hand stitching in a zigzag and following the line of the stamped swirl and added a pearl to the end of one of the swirls. The lace has been distressed with antique linen distress ink as have all the edges of the backing paper which were torn instead of cut. On the back of each step I had added lengths of paper punched with my doiley lace punch.

On the front I have added a large flower made with retro punches. This has been made following Rach's fantastic tutorial here. I also made two smaller versions for elsewhere on the card.

Tucked in front of the mushroom is a removable tag to add a message on, which is shown removed and standing next to the card on this picture. The paper on the tag is the reverse of the orange backing paper. To give the card the autumnal forest feel I was after I made a large wire swirl and wound tiny white roses onto it and branches so that it looked like a rambling rose vine. I have also added a butterfly charm to it so that it. The wire ensemble has then been attached to the middle step.

A close up of the tag.....

The paper is the reverse of the orange paper. I added a little torn piece of doiley lace edged paper between the front and back papers of the tag and a couple of punched leaves and a rose.

....and the reverse of the tag ready for a message. I have stamped a Stempelglede grunge stamp around the edges with tea dye distress ink and the swirl in antique linen.

A view from the top so that you can see the different layers and steps better.

and finally, this is the card folded up ready for its envelope. x

Images: Whiff of Joy Autumn kit, coloured with copics

Paper: K & Co Madelaine collection

Flowers: White roses from Tabbycrafts, EK success retro flower punches from The Hobby House

Pearls, wire and lace: from stash

Charms: The Hobby House

Other tools: Distress inks in Tea Dye, Antique linen and Brushed cordoruy, MS branch punch, Woodware leaf punch, acetate


Anonymous said...

OMG this is the most beautiful step card ever! The leaves "floating" in the air are so magical....I love, love, love it!


craftypagan said...

OMG! I just saw this over at docrafts in the gallery-your work is absolutely amazing and this project is just stunning! So much detail! Your colouring is beautiful too! Can you tell I love it?! LOL. I'm following you now hun:) Good luck with the call-will keep fingers crossed for you-you'd be an asset to the team! Love Rowena aka craftypagan

Graphicat said...

WOW! This is absolutly stunning! Amazing colouring and the detail and work you've put into this is incredible! Great work! Just amazing....

Vicky said...

Wow Jane. This is just amazing. Such a lot of hard work and effort has obviously gone into this. It's definately worth it though! Good luck with the DT call!
Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Cherry said...

Stunning Jane. This is soooo gorgeous and skilled. Love your concept and the colouring and placement of the stamed images not to mention the flowers! Good luck with the DT call. This is really inspiring. XXX

Kim Piggott said...

Jane this is totally amazing!
You are so talented I am in love with your beautiful card!
Your design is just sensational and your detail exquisite!
Your colouring superb!
Stunning card!
Good luck!
kim x

Jane said...

OMG Jane this is stunning!!!
Good luck!!

Claire Ellen Designs said...

Jane this is just stunning, so much effort and such a great result, good luck, hugs, Claire x

Milliesmarvels said...

This card is absolutely amazing!
Good luck!

Juls said...

wow!! this is just so incredibly stunning and creative! love it such amazing work!!

Alexandra said...

your card is so sweet!
good luck

cats whiskers said...

OMG pick me up off the floor, I fell of my chair when I saw this absolutely fantabulous card, wow wow wow still cannot believe how beautiful it is, I will not even wish you good luck you just have to be picked with this stunning creation
Hugs Jacqui x

SusieLou said...

A really amazing card. Love it!! Well done! Susie x

sandra said...

This is toooo beautiful!!!
Love all about it!

bex said...

Absolutely stunning! x