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Sewing mends the soul

I thought I would share a couple of cards I made this week using the brilliant ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’ plate and my new Pan Pastels.

I love the sentiment on this first card and I thought it was perfect for a girly pink and black colour scheme. All the images on this card are embossed in black and I used Magenta Tint Pan Pastel to colour the Indigo Blu super smooth card that I used to stamp the images on.

To make this card I first die cut and embossed the centre panel from super smooth card stock using a spellbinders die. I then coloured the edges using the Pan Pastel colour and a sponge. (Sorry for the photo quality, looks a lot more pink in ‘real life’). I also coloured a spare piece of the super smooth card with the same colour Pan Pastel ready for the smaller images and sentiment. I stamped all the images in versamark, embossed with black embossing powder and cut them out. All the images including the centre panel are mounted on foam pads to different depths to give more interest and dimension. I finished the card with a button and some of Kays lovely string.

For this second card I used Turqoise Pan Pastel and the thimbles and tape measure border stamps to create a background paper. I coloured a large piece of the super smooth card with Turqoise Pan Pastel using a sponge, inked the edges with vintage photo distress ink and set to one side. I then took a slightly smaller piece and first covered the whole area in Turqoise again. I stamped both the border strips repeatedly over this piece using versamark, (flitter glu also works depending on the look you want to achieve), and then quickly applied more Pan Pastel over the top. I find it is best to do this with a gentle dabbing motion at first until you have gone over the whole surface and then you can rub to finish off which should hopefully avoid smudging, (an advantage of flitter glu would certainly be that it is less likely to smudge!). Where you have applied the versamark (or flitterglu) it will pick up more Pan Pastel colour and so make these areas darker. It gives a really nice subtle background. I like to ‘set’ the image using cheap hairspray before continuing.

I stamped the sewing machine image on top using black archival ink, cut a frame from kraft card and trimmed the background paper to fit behind the frame. The sentiment was stamped on a small piece I had left over and again I inked the edges with vintage photo. To make the corset embellishment I stamped the image with versamark and embossed with turqoise embossing powder. I cut it out, added lace trim along the bottom edge and a few beads for the buttons and then mounted on foam pads. The card was finished with a few gems.

Let me know what you think, I love to read your comments. I’m off to drool (again) at what the other design team members have been up to. Just don’t make me choose a favourite!

Amy x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments on Sewing mends the soul

  1. Amy, how lovely are these!?! The colours are fab and I really like the thimble/tape measure background on the corset card.very nom,nom! xxxxx

    alix ward | May 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm () ()
  2. Amy, how lovely are these!?! The colours are fab and I really like the thimble/tape measure background on the corset card.very nom,nom! xxxxx

    alix ward | May 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm () ()
  3. Amy, I love the dimension you’ve given this card. A fabulous stamp set and really versatile too. Thanks for sharing with us. Pat x

    Pat Batley | May 11, 2012 at 8:51 am () ()
  4. Amy, I love the dimension you’ve given this card. A fabulous stamp set and really versatile too. Thanks for sharing with us. Pat x

    Pat Batley | May 11, 2012 at 8:51 am () ()
  5. Amy,
    I love both cards – but the corset one is definately my favourite!! The little bit of lace and beads for buttons just finish it perfectly. I’ve never used Pan Pastels before, but I will give them a go to get the background effect you’ve created – great tip! Thank you for sharing!

    Sophia Hodgson | May 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm () ()
  6. Amy,
    I love both cards – but the corset one is definately my favourite!! The little bit of lace and beads for buttons just finish it perfectly. I’ve never used Pan Pastels before, but I will give them a go to get the background effect you’ve created – great tip! Thank you for sharing!

    Sophia Hodgson | May 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm () ()
  7. Thanks for the comments. The thimble border is my favourite Alix – a brill stamp set, and yes Sophia if you have not tried pan pastels you definitely should. Which colours will you go for though loads to choose from! Have fun picking your faves. 🙂

    amy.hewes | May 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm () ()
  8. Thanks for the comments. The thimble border is my favourite Alix – a brill stamp set, and yes Sophia if you have not tried pan pastels you definitely should. Which colours will you go for though loads to choose from! Have fun picking your faves. 🙂

    amy.hewes | May 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm () ()
  9. Your cards are beautiful – love the colours & layouts x

    Louise H | May 11, 2012 at 7:13 pm () ()
  10. Hi Amy,really lovely cards, the colours have given them both a dated look or should I say a very victorian slant,which in turn make them both very viewable.( I hope you can visage what I mean)
    I have just bought some of the pan pastles,but not sure of the way in which it is applied(Would appreciate directions on this) I just love the way your imagiation has been put to use here.take care. Eileen

    Eileen Clark | May 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm () ()
    • Pan pastels are great because they are really easy to work with. They apply really smoothly and give a great even coverage. You just need a sponge (similar to a make up sponge). Load the sponge with colour by rubbing over your pan pastel and then apply in whatever style suits you or your project, side to side sweeping or circular motion. You will be stunned with the results and if you do make a mistake you can rub it out with a normal eraser. You will love them. Have fun. X

      amy.hewes | May 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm () ()
  11. Hi Amy,really lovely cards, the colours have given them both a dated look or should I say a very victorian slant,which in turn make them both very viewable.( I hope you can visage what I mean)
    I have just bought some of the pan pastles,but not sure of the way in which it is applied(Would appreciate directions on this) I just love the way your imagiation has been put to use here.take care. Eileen

    Eileen Clark | May 11, 2012 at 7:19 pm () ()
    • Pan pastels are great because they are really easy to work with. They apply really smoothly and give a great even coverage. You just need a sponge (similar to a make up sponge). Load the sponge with colour by rubbing over your pan pastel and then apply in whatever style suits you or your project, side to side sweeping or circular motion. You will be stunned with the results and if you do make a mistake you can rub it out with a normal eraser. You will love them. Have fun. X

      amy.hewes | May 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm () ()
  12. These are really fabulous, I love the use of the naked Kraft colour coupled with the black and white, with just the hints of pink and blue, beautifully composed.

    Hugs Jan x

    Jan Buckley | May 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm () ()
  13. These are really fabulous, I love the use of the naked Kraft colour coupled with the black and white, with just the hints of pink and blue, beautifully composed.

    Hugs Jan x

    Jan Buckley | May 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm () ()
  14. Hi Amy, both cards are beautiful, I too, love the sentiment on the first card, it is so funny.
    Thanks for the tip about hairspray, I have been wondering what to use. Regards, Anne x

    Anne Rx | May 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm () ()
  15. Hi Amy, both cards are beautiful, I too, love the sentiment on the first card, it is so funny.
    Thanks for the tip about hairspray, I have been wondering what to use. Regards, Anne x

    Anne Rx | May 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm () ()
  16. Thanks for the lovely comments. X

    amy.hewes | May 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm () ()
  17. Thanks for the lovely comments. X

    amy.hewes | May 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm () ()
  18. Absolutely gorgeous cards, the pan pastels give stunning effects don’t they, now something else on my shopping list…oh dear! Love the colours you’ve used. x

    Rosie | May 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm () ()
  19. Absolutely gorgeous cards, the pan pastels give stunning effects don’t they, now something else on my shopping list…oh dear! Love the colours you’ve used. x

    Rosie | May 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm () ()