Decisions, Decisions!

By Taheerah | 7th March 2011 | 12 Comments

Hey everyone!  How are you all today?

Do you ever have a crafting dilemma?  I had one this weekend with this card.  I created a background that I loved so much that I really struggled with whether to finish it off in my usual style as it would mean covering up all that hard work!  I struggled with the decision for almost a day, and also posted on the Forum to see if others suffered the same problem!

In the end I decided to keep to my kind of style and create a ‘Taheerah’ card with it.  Felt much more finished to me and I think (hope!) I made the right choice!

So here’s what I ended up with:

What do you think?  I really love how this turned out!!

I started with a Lavender Moon card base.  I was going for a vintage card with a different kind of colour combo twist!  I stamped the background with Background Basics: Newsprint using CTMH Desert Sand, the overstamped a doily design using Delightful Doilies using Lavender Moon ink.  The result looked a little something like this:

Now you maybe see my dilemma!!  I loved how this turned out so much!!  Here’s a close-up of that doily before it was hidden away forever:

The rest of the detail needs a little explanation.  I edged the card with the VintageTouch Tea Dye Duo inks to age the base.  I then die cut some Berry Sorbet cardstock using the Edgers #2 Die and the Vintage Lace Border die to create a unique shape of my own!

The ribbon treatment is a real shining star.  I used some lace I got from my Grandmother’s stash from my last trip to London.  It’s very close to a Scarlet Jewel colour which is why I took some!  I adhered this to a strip of Kraft cardstock using ScorTape, along with a piece of wrinkly ribbon that is close to an Aqua Mist colour.  

I then embellished the ribbon treatment with a variety of KaiserCraft pearls and rhinestones, before spraying over the whole thing with a generous helping of Ranger Perfect Pearls mist in Heirloom Gold.  This added a bit of glitz, aged the colour of the lace and added some speckled detail to the pearls and rhinestones so they looked more vintage.  If you look closely as well you might notice some glitter applied to the Kraft strip where the ScorTape was left exposed, and some very thin strips of Martha Stewart Brownstone tinsel glitter applied on top too.  Love how this turned out!!

I finally decided to embellish over the top of the design, and added a tag I created using the Tag Sale #3 die.  I die cut the shape from Rustic Cream cardstock and inked the edges with VintageTouch Tea Dye Duo.  I stamped the flourish from Mat Stack 2 Collection using Palette Haystack ink before adhering a reinforcer ring cut from Kraft cardstock using the Tag Sale #1 die.

I added the sentiment from Simple Sentiments using CTMH Desert Sand.  I then added a heart frame cut from cork using the Cuttlebug Concentric Hearts die, tapped over with CTMH Desert Sand to bring out the texture, and added a KaiserCraft pearl to finish it off.  I threaded through some Fine Linen Saddle Stitch ribbon and tied with Rustic Jute Button Twine.  I added the tag to the base with Pinflair Glue Gel, with plenty of dimension!

So there you have it!  Did I make the right choice with finishing up my card the way I did?  I’m happy with it but I’d be interested to know what you think!  FYI if I had left it plain I would have finished it off with the ‘Well, hello there’ sentiment from Hello Friend in the bottom right corner with CTMH Desert Sand, probably stamped with a good amount of ink so it would lift off the base.  I tried visualising what this would look like (even stamped the sentiment on a separate small piece of Lavender Moon cardstock, put it in place then took a photo to see what it might look like) but it just didn’t feel ‘right’ to me.  This is definitely a Taheerah card the way it turned out!

I would love to hear what you think of this card.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’ll hopefully be back tomorrow with another creation!!

12 thoughts on “Decisions, Decisions!”

  1. Hi T! No matter what went into this card, it's is truly a beauty! I love all the shabby vintagy elements that you thought of!

  2. I feel your dilemma, T! Well y'know you could always make another card using the same idea for a background or even stamp the same background inside your card (I think that'd look pretty cool!)
    Love how much attention to detail you give each of your creations!

  3. Well, T., I think you did it! It's absolutely gorgeous and it's your style. I totally agree on that background…..It's gorgeous!!! But, you did what you do best and turned it into something even more beautiful! Love it.

  4. What gorgeous layering T!! I can't believe how you've really made this style your own! I also wanted to leave you a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on being published!! So excited for you and dying to see what went through!!

  5. This is beautiful. I love everything about it. I know a lot of work went into it. That background is gorgeous. Use it again on something else when you can really see it and go for a different feel.
    Just gorgeous!

  6. Truly a beautiful card. The layered background is lovely, but the finished product is just stunning. I love the way you used the heart cut out to frame the main part of the simple sentiment. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. I can certainly see why you may not have wanted to cover up the background. You did a beautiful job with the newsprint stamp and the doily stamps. But your entire finished card is just beautiful too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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