Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Prickles and Stickles

It's not often I'm attracted to cute stamps. I like to see cards made with them (and receive them of course) but I just think other people do them so much better. But I was knocked out by the work of Bev Rochester when I discovered it at the end of last year and so when my heart was stolen by 'Tiny Wishes' by Penny Black, I decided to give this look a try. Sorry the photos are not good and it was very hard to get a shot of the card in a closed position. The shape is an offset gatefold. The papers are Papermania Rose Garden. On the short side the paper is striped. I threaded a fine ribbon through eyelets and then pushed a small rose and rosebud through the bow. The hedgehog has been watercoloured with Distress Inks and a little stickles add to his prickles. Inside I've added some Sizzlits scroll corners for interest. I thought I'd made a real mistake when I edged the papers with Worn Lipstick. It really was the wrong shade for the paper. But once I'd done both paper pieces for the front and edged the pink oval, it all came together. So I've learned how you can actually change the colours of things and get away with it. This will make me much bolder with my colour choices in future. I don't yet have a punch for the leaves that would have set this off so I used some punched scrolls that were given to me by my crafting fairy godmother. Yes, Lesley, I do mean you!


veronica said...

really pretty card Jo - he's a real cute hedgie too! So far I've managed to resist Penny Black stamps, though have to admit I've been severely tempted by the thelwell=type pony ones!

Elaine said...

This is lovely Jo. It's good to do a variety of styles and this has come together very nicely. I hope I can do a similarly nice project with these rosy papers.

Elaine x

craftimamma said...

Jo, stop hiding your light, Lol! This is an absolutely beautiful card. I love everything about it, even though I said those papers are pretty but not my cup of tea. I eat my words!!!! The whole arrangement has come together perfectly and you have coloured the image so well too.

Those flowers we bought (mine are still in the bag) are just the right thing for the card.

Lesley Xx

judith@poppy cottage said...

This is a lovely card Jo, it is beautifully coloured, and the distressing is great. The flowers look really pretty,and everything just goes so well together. I like the balance of the green insert too.Judith x