Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Music of Spring

This weekend, I has such a relaxing time  playing in my studio, and I hope that you will enjoy my projects that I have to share with you. My husband is a music teacher, so I am always on the lookout for beautiful musical themed stamps and papers.  This was going to be a card, but I ended up loving it so much that I'm going to get a small shadow box and frame it for him to use in his classroom.

This project has a ton of layers - so I'll start on the bottom layer and just work my way up.  The blue background cardstock was embossed using Spellbinder's Mystic M-Bossabilities folder. Then I used Distress Ink to add color to the raised areas.

The background paper was made using just plain white cardstock and JustRite's Shabby Music Background Stamp. I embossed it using Wow Cotton Candy Embossing Powder, and then inked over it using various shades of brown Distress Ink. I distressed the edges, and then used Distress Stain along the edge.  I find that the stain really soaks into the rough edges of the paper, giving it a bolder look than the ink.

I added a Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles cut from metallic gold Kanban Crafts paper.  Although this was a sold rectangle, I wanted it to be a frame, so I used the small rectangle from an old Spellbinders set ( Polka Dot Frame) to cut away the center.

The next medallion was stamped from the Musical Notes Labels Twenty set, and embossed using the Wow Ultra High Gold embossing powder. Then, it was cut out using the Labels Twenty die.  Two rounds of Want2Scraps Nestabling were added. (I love how all of these product coordinate together!)  The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and was embossed using the Cotton Candy embossing powder.  Everything had a little Distress Ink added to it.

I made this litte bird's nest using linen twine and Helmar's Fabric Stiffener and Draping Liquid.  The eggs were made using a little bit of Creative Paperclay. The bird was stamped from the Musical Notes Labels Twenty set, and colored with Copics.  I fussy cut him out, and added just a touch of Stickles on his outer feathers.

The long flower borders at the top and bottom were stamped from the Friendship Blooms set, again using the Ultra High Gold powder.  I painted over the embossed image  with Creative Inspirations Paint in Sea Foam.  I then just used a damp paper towel to remove the paint from the embossed areas.  This same technique was used to color the stamped flower at the upper right corner.  I cut into each flower to form petals and shaped them using the McGill Paper Blossoms Craft Molding Mat and tools.  The seam binding bow  behind the flower was distessed by first tying the ribbon, and then spritzing it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadows Ink Spray in Buccaneer Bay Blue.

Spellbinders Polka Dot Frame
Wow Embossing Powders
Creative Inspirations Paint
WorldWin Papers Cardstock
Kanban Crafts Metallic Cardstock

JustRite: Pretty Papers


Anniebee said...

I love this! I think it's one of the prettiest you have made since I've known you. I would frame it too!

Vivian said...

Beautiful work, Gini! I love all the pearlescence! I've been eyeing the M-bossabilities, too!

DawnaBond said...

What a beautiful card! Thank you so much for sharing with us the tools used to make it!

MD said...

*bravooooooooo superbe *

Sheri said...

Gorgeous color combo! SO REGAL! Another great card! Thanks for taking time out to join us this week at JustRite Inspiration ;-)

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful card! Love all the details!