Monday, 16 June 2014

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge # 20 - Love's Young Dream

Challenge number 20 for the Cure for the Monday Blues (see full details here )
was to make a card using this lovely photograph as inspiration.

Source: Pinterest
The photograph shows a pretty bedroom that was designed for a young girl, using pinks, pale aqua, touches of gold and splashes of bright, vibrant colours. Further information about the design can be found here where you can see all the attention to detail and some before and after photos.
I decided that I'd like to try to replicate the pretty floral rug on my card. Here is a close up of the actual rug design which can be found here .

I started by making an A5 card base from some sturdy pale pink pearlised card, then I used an A4 Spellbinders embossing folder to emboss a strip of darker pink card with a polka dot pattern. I highlighted some of the dots with a Distress marker to mimic the bedspread and adhered the polka dot strip to the left of my card blank. I cut a smaller rectangle of Papertrey Ink pale aqua pearlised card for the floral panel then used Versamark ink and gold embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment (from Hobby Art's clear Sentiments stamp set - CS026D). I also heat embossed the chandelier from the Elusive Images UDLSP0329 Bella stamp set (now Chocolate Baroque) onto pale pink card and fussy cut it out. I used Memento Teal Zeal dye ink to stamp some of the doodled swirls from Elusive Images stamp sets UDLHC0131 and UDLHC0132 and one of the small flowers from the Fantasy Floral set (UA4SP0185).
For the brightly coloured flowers I used a selection of coloured card and dye inkpads, together with a white pigment inkpad. Some of the leaves were from the Chocolate Baroque Tangled Garden stamp set (UA4SP0400) and some of the flowers were from the Fantasy Floral set (UA4SP0185). The rest of the leaves and flowers came from set UDLHC0100 FunkyDoodles - Fresh and set UDLCH0101 FunkyDoodles - Retro. After I had stamped everything I fussy cut it all out and then edged each one with a broad black Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen. I made sure that I covered up all the cut edges with the black ink so that I'd have a crisp outline. I further embellished some of the flowers and leaves with an Inkssentials white pen and a fine black Pitt pen.

Please click on the photos for a clearer view.
I then began the labourious task of layering everything onto the aqua panel using double sided tape and foam pads. Where leaves and flowers were overhanging the edges I trimmed them off flush. Some of the flowers and leaves were partially raised on foam pads and those in the foreground were raised completely. I stuck the panel to my card base using some strong red lined tape then finally I shaped the chandelier and adhered it with tape on the outer edges and foam strips in the middle.

This close-up photo gives you some idea of the dimension of the floral panel. The colours are much brighter in real life - unfortunately it was dark when I took my photographs and they appear more subdued.
Although I had started making my card early on Sunday afternoon, it took me much longer than I anticipated to complete it (over eleven hours in total), so I wasn't able to enter it into the challenge in the end. However, I enjoyed revisiting some of my older stamps and CASEing the rug photo and I shall be sending my card to a friend who has a birthday later this week. Thank you for looking!


  1. Oh, this is amazing! So many beautiful layers and it looks exactly like the rug. Truly a labour of love but well worth it!

  2. How bright and sunny is this, a lovely piece of work. x

  3. Wow, 11 hours beats even my record for a card, I think! I know just how much heart and soul we put into a labour of love, and all I can say is I'm so glad you persevered even if it meant missing the deadline. The attention to detail here is outstanding and your pattern does look exactly like the rug! Truly stunning work! Thank you so much for playing to find a Cure For The Monday Blues!

    PS: I wish you hadn't posted an image of the rug though - it's so stunning and I really want one now but they're no longer sold, argh! ;-)

  4. WOWWOWOWOWO!! This is BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE your colors and the AMAZING design!! Such a GREAT take on the challenge!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  5. That is super - it is so close to the actual rug - fabulous!
    Hugs, Neet xx


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