Friday, August 14, 2009

Elegant Post

Hello! Tonight Nina Bracket is having a special blog hop featuring her new stamp set, Elegant Post. This truly is an elegant stamp set with this gorgeous post and several different "hanging" elements that it can be combined with.


For more inspiration with her Elegant Post stamp set tonight, please see Nina Brackett's blog. Nina has also designed two gorgeous digital paper pack that coordinate perfectly with her stamp set. They are called Grungy Elegance and Simple Elegance.

Nina has asked her friends Silke Ledlow and Melissa Czapor to join in her blog hop tonight. We also have several of GinaK's Senior Design team members participating: Gina, Cathy, Donna, Emily, Erika, Jessica, Kurtis, Lee, and Melanie

And finally, be sure to check out our CenterStage Spotlight Design team members' blogs: Brenda Turner, Shannon Bracken, and Sue Walsh for even more great projects!

And now a bit about my card...

I stamped the post with black Stazon and then quickly heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I also wanted to show you how I cut a notch in the lamp stamp to act as a guide for lining up the stamp. I'm too lazy to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig if I don't have to.

Here you can see how easy it was to line the stamp up just right. I placed it so that the notch was just covering the first little circle on the post and that was perfect spacing. If you get a little too much space, you can easily draw in another little circle to fill the gap.

I used Copics to color the lamp, Y21, Y23 and Y17.

For the metal, I used N3, N5, N7 and my colorless blender. Then I went over the image with my Versa Mark pen before heat embossing with clear embossing powder.

Next I sponged my background, starting with So Saffron ink.

Sponged around the yellow with Pretty in Pink.

Then sponged with Almost Amethyst.

Sponged with Lavender Lace ink.

Sponged with Perfect Plum ink

Then a bit of very light sponging with black.

Stamped some of the leafy stems from Tropical Flowers with Going Gray ink.

Stamped again, this time with Memento Black.

Then I layered with Pure Luxury Black Onyx and White on a Lavender Lace cardbase. Usually I do a A2 size card (4 1/4 by 5 1/2), but this card fits a 3 5/8 by 6 1/2 inch envelope. I added brads on the left corners. The die cuts on the right were made using Cuttlebug Vintage dies, that were a RAK from Emily. Thanks, Emily!!!

Thank you for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

39 comments:

Donna said...

gorgeous!!! great tip for lining up the stamp (have to do that!)

jengd said...

Stunning is about the only word I've been able to come up with! Thanks for the how-to steps!

"Tillymint" said...

Beautiful card with stunning sponging as always!!

Allison Cope said...

Stunning card Theresa! Love the glow of the light!

NinaB said...

You are truly the coloring queen, Theresa. I love how you emphasize the little light in this whole scene. The die cuts are perfect.

Jessica said...

Theresa, you seriously are the sponging queen!! I LOVE your card - such a great idea!!!

Giovana said...

WOW!! Amazing! Your card is really pretty and looks so easy with the photo tutorial. Thanks so much.

God bless
Giovana

Luv2Cr8Art said...

Thank you so much for the instructions.. I don't have this set, but can not wait to get it. :)

Silke said...

Hi Teresa - I knew something gorgeous would be waiting here - LOL!!! Your brayering looks fabo and your tutorials always make it look so easy...!!! Gorgeous card - my friend!!! Hugs ~S~

Linda L said...

Fantastic Card! I love the way the colors really looks like night and the lamp is on. Beautiful!

Gina K. said...

This is so beautiful Theresa!!

joy said...

Thank you for showing me how to fix my lamp stamp. You have a beautiful card.

Jan Castle said...

So soft and lovely!

Helen F. said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks for the tips and tutorial--super job!

Randi said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. Your card is fantastic.

Angi Rankin said...

What a beautiful card! Thanks for the tutorial on how to get the great sponging effects. Gonna definitely give it a try.

JessicaK said...

Man, amazing shading and coloring once again. Loving what you've done with the new stamp sets.

Anesha said...

Very elegant, love the shading on this background and the light. Anesha

craftimamma said...

Love the colours you have used to blend the background Theresa and the finished card is lovely.

Lesley Xx

Konzerva said...

Oh the card is so beautiful! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

Jak Heath said...

Oh my! this is beautiful.

melissac said...

Stunning! Thank you so much for the lamp stamp tip! I couldn't get mine straight and now I'll be able to! Also, thanks for showing how to create such a stunning background! I really appreciate the time you put into taking the pics and writing the how to's!! Blessings and Hugs!

catdidit said...

Just stunning Theresa! Love this night scene with the lamp post!

Patti J. said...

Theresa, this looks like a night scene from a street in London! Beautiful job! (I'm taking a M. Zindorf brayering class in February-can't wait! You make it look so easy!) Gorgeous card!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Hi theresa!! you always do such a fabulous job capturing the elegance in every stamp set and this is no exception!!! I LOVE IT!!!

Sharri Seffens said...

Theresa, This is gorgeous! I love the black with the purples!

6 wacky women said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Theresa.
The colours are stunning!!

Karen x

Juls said...

just stunning! I love how you have created the background!

Linda said...

I love your ideas.. very nice.. I want to try this !

Shannon said...

This is so beautiful! I tried for a "night scene" and ruined it with inky fingers. Your's is just amazing!!!

Brenda said...

Beautiful Theresa, I have meaning to make one something like this. Thank you for the tip on lining up the stamp Fantastic idea.

Elena said...

Very elegant card! Thank you for sharing tutorial, Theresa!

Carolyn King said...

there you go again with your amazing sponging/background! Gorgeous Theresa!

Marimer said...

Es precioso este card y el tutorial genial, como siempre, me encanta lo bien explicado que esta con fotografías, genial. Estoy aprendiendo mucho con tus técnicas en teoria, claro, porque me cuesta ponerlas en práctica. Saludos.

Ri said...

Sooooooooooo pretty :0)

Hapi said...

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Stampin' Pam said...

Gorgeous Theresa - I LOVE how you show us step by step how you create your masterpieces. One of these days I hope to actually case one of your cards - step by step! :-) WOnderful you.

Deb Neerman said...

This is just gorgeous, Theresa! Love the lamp light you sponged in ... looks so realistic!

Trena in Naperville said...

Very pretty card!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!