Thursday, 16 July 2009

Big Bow Club

Hello! Thanks for stopping by!

Today's card is living proof that you can teach an old leopard new spots. I've joined the enormous bow club! Kinda-sorta. I cheated - it's not layered on massive buttons and tied with twine. But still, for a big bow virgin, it's a big bow. I was hesitant, but I took the plunge. And I feel that the bold image and the strong colours called for a bold embellishment. In fact, the turquoise brads, which usually scream on a card, are muted to a whisper in the face of all the other exuberance on this card.

This was going to be a club project, because the hostess is a bright colours fan, but I couldn't remember if we'd done this technique. Also, it takes a while, and the last time I tried to get the ladies to do some messy stamping, there was almost open revolt. Instead we will be doing a nice tidy project, but still with bright colours :-) No crooked letters and blurry watercolours!

Anyway, back to the card. I just love this summery colour scheme! It's the new colours with tempting turquoise: crushed curry, dusty durango and melon mambo (mamba? I always forget which is the steamy dance and which is the deadly snake...and where I would normally trail off into a mumble to disguise my uncertainty, I have no such options with a blog, because as liberally sprinkled with ellipses as this blog is, they would look ridiculous, even by my astonishingly low standards, at the end of mamba. Mambo. Whatever....). I would love to have some flip flop (or plip plops as DD2 used to say) stamps for this colour scheme. I also love how the watercolouring on the curry cardstock turned out. It's so intense, and it blended quite well. I'll be trying that again too. I also love the white embossing - just freshens things up where black would be too severe. I just love it when a design comes together [the next day after a lot had been thrown out and I went to bed in a stamping huff].

So do you think this needs two more turquoise brads? I wasn't sure if that would be too symmetrical, and once the holes are punched, there's no turning back. (Which is why the brads are on there in the first place.....)

Thanks for looking!

NSR SPOILER: Has anyone watched Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food? I was really inspired. I try to cook for my family, but living in town now we eat out more than we should. This week I made a few stir fries, even venturing to the local fishmonger for a fishy stir fry. I was able to coax the kids into eating it too - and they loved it (not so much the second night, turns out that purple cabbage, despite it's wonderful colour, is still cabbage...). I love the idea of cooking in the community. I will have to let the idea percolate a bit.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up): Stamps: Jumbo Alphabet, One of a Kind; Ink: whisper white, dusty durango, crushed curry, melon mambo; Paper: crushed curry, dusty durango, melon mambo, tempting turquoise; Other: eyelet border punch, crushed curry ribbon, white embossing powder, tempting turquoise brads.


  1. What a wonderful card, and I love the fact that you used a big bow! Nice and bright definatly a great thank you card!

    Keep up the Mojo flow...

  2. NICE card. I love the colours. That is not a BIG bow. It is bigger than a small bow but it is not a big bow. I think the ribbon for a big bow has to be at least an inch wide - don't you - in the honesty of your soul? No more brads please. What did you use for the watercolours? The blending is lovely. Thanks for the post. - Nimmy

  3. Thanks for your comments ladies! I have to agree with Nimmy that it's not actually a BIG bow. This card would still fit in an envelope, so that alone would disqualify it. My apologies to the blogosphere for the blatant misrepresentation!

    As for the blending, I used an aquapainter and reinker. Basically, I would start out in a corner and swirl away from the corner until the ink ran out. Then I would work the other way with another colour, if I wanted two to blend together. Then I went back over areas where I wanted more intense colour. Working on the coloured paper helped because the colour behind masks. It also absorbs the water quickly, making this a quick technique.

  4. I can't get over how hard you worked to do all the wonderful details for the cards...they are truly amazing!
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