♥ Ikat

By Taheerah | 12th October 2013 | 8 Comments

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday!

It’s funny how a card design evolves, isn’t it? This one certainly didn’t end up the way I’d first planned when the idea sparked in my head.
After yesterday’s card one person commented that damask isn’t normally a Halloween pattern (said in a complimentary way, thanks Kelly!). So it got me thinking: what other non-traditional patterns could I use for a Halloween card? How about my most favourite pattern of all – ikat?
Well, as you’ll see, it wasn’t quite a Halloween card I ended up with:
What do you think? I *love* how this turned out! Very couture stationery-like!
I started with a panel of Fine Linen cardstock and stamped the ikat from WPlus9’s Borders & Backgrounds 1 set using Memento Luxe ink in Tuxedo Black. As I was planning a vintage Halloween feel I was happy to have a distressed/uneven inking feel so I loved the result of not inking/not stamping down evenly! I distressed the edges and inked with Distress ink in Vintage Photo then adhered my panel flat onto a Rustic White card base.
I had intended to add more layers – another panel on top and then some other stamping, or to distress my original panel with purple and orange distress inks. But whilst I was thinking I spotted a small heart I’d die cut previously using the Simon Says Stamp Large Holiday Shapes dies, and placed it on top of my panel for a second.

I removed my panel from the base immediately and die cut one of the hearts from it. I was originally going to use a slightly smaller heart, but do you think I got it right with the size of this one? I think it works! I inked the edges slightly then adhered my panel to the base, this time using Pinflair Glue Gel for just a little lift. And I was all done!

Well I am planning a very crafty day tomorrow – the aim is to start on those Christmas cards, and/or create enough cards to post for the whole of next week! I hope you’re having a great weekend yourselves!
I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way! Thanks so much for stopping by!

8 thoughts on “♥ Ikat”

  1. Aha! Love hearing how your design process comes together 🙂 This looks fabulous!

    Very intrigued with your use of Pinflair – I use Ellen Hutson's "craft a board for a little dimension, but the Pinflair looks perfect for small fiddly bits – is it?

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi jintyoo7, thanks for your comment! 🙂 I find Pinflair to be ideal for both large and small areas, including those tiny areas or fiddly bits! The gel is dispensed with a syringe, meaning you can control the flow and amount of adhesive, and with practice can get a very fine line or dot of adhesive just where you want it. What I also *love* is that it dries clear so it has a much better appearance than foam squares, in my opinion. 🙂 I would never be without it! 🙂

  2. Loving the ikat pattern, T!
    I'm afraid I'm going to have to politely disagree: damask is totally a Halloween pattern and always has been for me. It can have a real Gothic feel to it. You gave it that same, dramatic feel in your previous card. Loved it! 🙂

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