Friday, February 10, 2012

Heartstrings swap - Quietfire Blog challenge

Love is in the air!!  I have created a large card for my Heart Strings swap on AFTCM and combined it with the Queen of Hearts Challenge on Suzanne Cannon's Quietfire blog.
I created the background using an image I downloaded from Maybemej's blog.  I cut and pasted the piece I wanted into my layout program, duplicated and mirrored it so it would be wide enough for my card.  The "queen of hearts", the floral hearts and the large vintage heart were all downloaded from The Graphics Fairy and modified to what I needed for my card design.   "Love" is a Quietfire Designs stamp which I gold embossed on ivory cardstock, punched with the SU scalloped oval punch and paper pierced in each scallop.  I added some paper lace (SU eyelet border punch), some really lace below it and a piece of pink vintage seam binding with a bow in between.  I added a bit of watercolour to the queen's dress and hat.  The card swap suggested we use lots of layers so I have!  I used 3D foam tape to give most of the pieces some dimension as well.
This card was a stretch for me - getting lots of layers to coordinate and look pleasing is always a challenge for me but I think this is a credible attempt.  There is so much inspiration out there so I took some time to peruse some blogs as I was choosing my pieces and deciding on my design.  Thanks to those who so willingly share their creations to inspire others!!