Monday, September 7, 2009


Taylored Expressions (TE) is celebrating the birthday of the cuppie stamps introduced one year ago. There are many designers hosting various challenges for this celebration.

This is my card for challenge #11 hosted by Laurie Schmidlin. I've tried distressing before but but not to the degree I did on this project. If you know Laurie's work, she creates some fantastic distressed projects and after reading her challenge post, I just had to participate.

My card base is not the standard size. It's cut to approximately 5 1/4 x 7 3/8. I needed this size to accommodate the printed card stock I cut because I wanted the message to be seen on the card front to tie in with the image and sentiment both from TE's Home Sweet Home stamp set. After I cut my card stock panels to size, I embossed the large green panel with the Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder. Then I used a distressor tool to rough up the edges of all the panels before inking them with Ranger's distress ink, fired brick and walnut stain. I stamped the cuppie image using Memento rich cocoa ink onto vintage cream cs and colored it in using Prismacolor pencils and Marvy LePlume markers. I also sponged on the Ranger inks before adhering to the card front. The sentiment tag is hand cut, inked and edges curled to add an aged look. And, I added a few brads on the right side of the main image panel to fill up a little space.

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Home Sweet Home
Card stock: Papertrey Ink (vintage cream); Stampin Up (always artichoke, kiwi kiss, ruby red); Die Cuts with a View (patterned cs from the Christmas stack)
Ink: Ranger distress (fired brick, walnut stain); Memento (rich cocoa); Prismacolor pencils (beige, green ochre, henna, carmine red, yellow chartreuse); Marvy LePlume II markers (dusty pink, beige, yellow green, pale pink)
Other: Gina K. Designs (mini brads); Tim Holtz paper distressor tool; Cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder


Laurie Schmidlin said...

What a BEAUTIFUL card!! The ear muffs on cuppie just crack me cute!! And that patterned paper couldn't be more perfect for your card!!

Thanks so much for playing along!

Debbie Olson said...

This is darling, Elaine! I love Taylor's cuppie stamps!