Friday, August 12, 2011

diwali card

Make My Monday is still having their things with wings challenge for the month, and this week it's birds or bugs. I was going to go with the Tim Holtz bird cage die when I remembered that I had another set, with a peacock. I've hardly used it, and only bought it on a whim because it was on sale, and it screamed "diwali".

I've made a stepper card because I wanted to showcase the embossed background, with the peacock in silhouette. 

The wing of the peacock is a loose piece, but as I wanted the bird to be free-standing, I taped it into place, and cut the tape around the bird. I had the idea of using fine glitter, but as all I had was red, I used holographic embossing powder instead. The heat tool warped the tape a little, giving it a nice rounded shape.

How cool is that background, it looks just like wood carving! At least I think so! 
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The folder is part of the same Cuttlebug Persian set. Simon Says Stamp & Show is showcasing Tim Holtz techniques, so I have to play along with that! I used the weathered wood grunge tutorial on page 50 from "A Compendium of Curiosities". Except that I do not have grunge, so I recycled chipboard from a box. The colours used are malted milk dabber and vintage photo DI. The edges are distressed and inked with more vintage photo.

The smaller panels are embossed, and highlighted with DI and a light brushing of gold acrylic. Not exactly Diwali colours, as my daughter pointed out, but we can't have purple cards all the time!

Other challenges entered:
Charisma Cardz - distressing
Top Tip Tuesday - straight edges
Crafty Ann's - scallops and / or fancy borders

supplies: cuttlebug combo set, sizzix embossing folder (wood grain), sizzix die (fence), xcut border punch, distress inks; others from my stash


Lisa M said...

Oh my goodness...this is completely gorgeous!! I have never seen a card like this before and I'm completely blown away by it. Great choice of card template to showcase the peacock! :D
Thanks so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our "Straight Edges" challenge.
Good luck to you...
Lisa xx

Elaine Stark said...

lovely to see a very different card. You have made the peacock stand out well. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

Ann Whitfield said...

This is absolutely wonderful - thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Marjie Kemper said...

Wow! What an ornate and lovely card. Just beautiful!

Cazro said...

Wow!Hilda your card entry is once again stunning, so original and cleverly constructed. I love everything about it. Caz

LynneForsythe said...

Hilda.......WOW...what a wonderfully creative card....the layers are AMAZING!!

THANKS BUNCHES for playing along with the TEAMIES and Simon Says Stamp and Show!!

PsyPenguin said...

Wow! This is fantastic - original and beautifully done. Xx

Caroljenks said...

Beautiful card - very stylish - love it!

Thanks so much for joining in with our 'Straight Edges' challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday this week :)
Don't forget if you have a tip to share with us too you could win another prize! Just add TIP after your name when linking.

Carol x

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful Hilda and so original - thanks for joining in again at Make My Monday - Jacqueline xx

melsanford said...

Lovely card! Love the distressing :-) Thankyou for joining us at Dream Valley! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Fliss said...

Wow Hilda! This is stunning! Love the colours, the gorgeous peacock and all the finishing detail.
Thanks for joining in with Make My Monday birds or bugs challenge and wishing you good luck.
Fliss x

Heike said...

Your card is amazing, love the distressing. Thank you for playing along with Top Tip Tuesday this week!


NGCARDS said...

A great card hun! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week! xxx

Jack said...

This is just beautiful and yes, that folder is brilliant. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley. xx

Jen said...

This is a stunning card, so beautifully made. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Ann's this week.
Jen x

Rebecca said...

I love the embossing and the 3D look! And the colours you've chosen are just perfect :) x

Leah the Orange said...


what a fun project. love the graphic look, and the primitive peacock. you rocked the distressing, and it's gorgeous! thanks so much for playing along at Charisma this week, and good luck!