Monday 19 November 2012

Thanks A Bunch

Simon Says Stamp and Show are asking you to say THANK YOU. Whether you are sending a hand crafted gift of thanks, sending a thank you card, creating a scrapbook page or a journal page, we would love to see how you are inspired to create something to give thanks this week.

I rarely make thank you cards so this week it was time to put that right and create a thank you card in preparation for the holiday season.
I am really loving the Pop 'n' Cuts at the moment and the Sizzix 3-D Thanks Phrase Pop 'n' Cuts was the inspiration for my piece this week. I love the dimension and the fun element these give to your cards, giving a little more interest to the inside of a card, something we often forget. My cheery flowers were created using Wendy Vecchi's 3 Fresh Flowers Stencil along with rusty hinge, fired brick and peeled paint Distress Inks. To give a little more interest and dimension I have added a Maya Road vintage wood feathered friend along with a few small flowers cut using the Tattered Florals die.
Once I had created my pop up I added a little colour to THANKS adding rusty hinge Distress Ink to the edges of each letter using cut and dry foam."Thanks A Bunch" has been added to the top of the pop up using Hero Arts thanks set. The sentiment has simply been stamped onto white card with black archival ink and coloured with rusty hinge and fired brick applied to the edges. To give a little more interest I have added faux stitching around the edge of the sentiment using a walnut stain Distress Marker.

I have used Wendy Vecchi's 3 Fresh Flowers stencil to add flowers to the top and bottom of my pop up.  I simply applied Distress Ink rusty hinge through the stencil with cut and dry foam, adding touches of fired brick and peeled paint to the stems. I have also added the fabulous wooden bird again coloured with Distress Inks, adding thank you to his body using Technique Tuesday stamp set A Million and One and black archival ink. He adds great dimension and interest to the interior of my card.

I added some mini florals to the top and bottom of my card cut from white card using the Tattered Florals die, stamping each floral with the background stamp from Wendy Vecchi's Art Colors Life stamp set using coffee archival ink. Each one has been coloured with rusty hinge Distress Ink, adding fired brick to the edges.

I have added stamped thank you's to the top and bottom of my pop up, stamped with black archival ink. To add a further layer of interest I have added faux stitching to the outside edges using Distress Markers.
I could not forget the front of my card which I also decorated with the Fresh Flowers stencil but this time I added texture paste through the stencil, A technique I have used for many years but if you are not familiar with this idea then pop over to Wendy Vecchi's blog HERE she has fabulous step by steps re how to use a similar product. I have also added THANKS to the top of my card cut from white card using a Memory Box die and colouring with Distress Ink.
Once the texture paste was completely dry I coloured my background and the flowers with Distress Inks rusty hinge and fired brick using cut and dry foam.  I coloured the stems and leaved with peeled paint and pine needles Distress Markers. To give a little more interest and texture I added Clear Rock Candy over the top and set aside to dry.
Three Chitchat stickers have been added to the bottom corner, coloured with rusty hinge Distress Ink. Faux stitching has also been added to the outside edges for a further layer of interest.
For further dimension I added a butterfly Art Part stamping with the coordinating stamp from the Wendy Vecchi Art For You stamp set using black archival ink and colouring with rusty hinge ink. I also added the same butterfly stamped onto Clearly For Art using black StazOn and colouring on the reverse with butterscotch Alcohol Ink.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 

Products Used:

Sizzix 3-D Thanks Phrase Pop 'n' Cuts
Wendy Vecchi's 3 Fresh Flowers Stencil
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Art Colors Life
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Art For You
Wendy Vecchi Art Parts Bugs & Butterflies
Wendy Vecchi Clearly For Art
Distress Inks - Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint
Maya Road vintage wood feathered friend
Tim Holtz Alterations - Tattered Florals
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Chitchat Stickers
Cut and Dry Foam

Technique Tuesday Stamp Set A Million and One by Ali Edwards

Archival Ink - Black, Coffee
StazOn - Black
Distress Markers
Alcohol Ink - Butterscotch
Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy
Memory Box pop up THANKS Die


Sandy said...

Wow these are gorgeous Tracy.
Wonderful cards.
Love them.

Sue said...

Thank you for a great card:) The texture on the flowers on the front looks fab!

Annie said...

Fabulous warm tones and altogether gorgeousness Tracy. TFS
Annie x

Cath Wilson said...

Gorgeous work, Tracy - one of my favourite colour combos x

wendy vecchi said...

I love everything about this card!
every single detail is perfect.
well done.

Candy C said...

Tracy, your card is so pretty! I love your design...the exterior with the dimensional flowers and all of the stenciling you did on the interior. The colors are divine and I totally love your hummingbird. The pop up "Thanks" looks awesome, too. Beautiful job! <3 Candy

Marjie Kemper said...

What a beautiful card, Tracy! Love what you did with Wendy's stencil and especially how you colored that gorgeous bird.

Barb Cady said...

These are seriously lovely cards Tracy, and such a good idea to make for this time of year, really lovely! x

Carol Q said...

that would definitely be a thank you card to be treasured Tracy!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful pop up card! I love the butterfly and that you used the warm rust colors with a pop of blue for the bird. Sweet card!

Unknown said...

Fab card. Love the way you have coloured the bird as a kingfisher, and the butterfly is beautiful. Maddy x

Tracey said...

WOW Tracy!!! This pop up card is AMAZING!! Such textural detail...LOVE it!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

THANK YOU for always sharing your talent with us! Great card Tracy!
hugs Lynn

Redanne said...

I think this has to be my favourite Pop n Cuts design so far. Your card is simply stunning, love the little bird too.

fairy thoughts said...

great cards especially the cut out one very clever

Sandra said...

What a beautiful pop-up card! The colors are amazing en love that colorful bird too! Hugs, Sandra

Michelle Webb said...

I love the pop up cards that you do Tracy, they look sooo good! That bird is the most gorgeous thing, I really love the blue against the orange. And the butterfly against the orange is beautiful too. Michelle x

Gillian .... said...

Loving the colours you chose for this weeks project, this is a fab design, a card definitely to be treasured. x

Anonymous said...

this is gorgeous! so much detail!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Love those cracked flowers! Fab color too!

Karen B said...

Oooh! The colors (colours) in this are divine! I love the way the PNC flows seamlessly through the scene and fabulous use of the "shelf" area for more greeting. So many cool techniques in this card!

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Stunning pop up, Tracy! I really love the details and the colors!1

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butterfly said...

This is just wonderful, Tracy - the colours are so heartwarming, and the texture on the flower petals is gorgeous! Love the THANKS - what a great pop-up, and your butterfly is to die for!!
Alison x