Friday, 22 March 2013

Days of yore

Hello again from the deluge that is Dublin! Thank-you for stopping by.

Isn't she lovely?! The central image is a stamp by Chapel Road Artstamps called 'Miranda'. I stamped the image onto Lesley Riley's TAP (transfer artist paper) using Archival ink in Coffee and then ironed the TAP onto cream muslin to transfer the image to the cloth. I then fussy cut her outline. I bought a half-metre of the 'drop-pearl' trim recently in a local haberdashery not knowing what it might work with but am pleased with it as a necklace here. Added water to some Perfect Pearls and painted the dress portion of image for a pearly shimmer.

The base CS is a handmade Indian Gold cardstock. I've done stencil work at the four corners using The Crafter's Workshop stencil (Fancy Frames) and Dreamweaver stencil paste. Next cut the cream frame with Cheery Lynn die 'Mini Pearl French Flair'. Using the same Fancy Frames mask I did more stencilling on the cream frame and then gilded the raised paste with gold gilding wax.

The cream frame is atop a layer of cream silk fibre paper with gold circle embossing. I stamped the paper with Crafty Individuals elegant swirl stamp (CI-182) using gold Delicata ink. Also embossed some of the gold CS using Sizzix Regal Flourishes folder and then cut a Fleur-de-Lis square with a Spellbinders die. I diecut more gold swirls with Sizzix Bigz die 'Elegant Flourishes'. Both cream frame and Fleur-de-Lis square are mounted with foam tape for added dimension.

I added the cream bow having embossed the ribbon with my Regal Flourishes embossing folder. The swirls on the ribbon aren't showing up too well in the photo - but they are there! Sorry but I can't locate the tutorial where I first read about embossing ribbon - it gives a kind of moire silk effect with this flourish folder. I cut the folded end of the embossing folder about an inch wide to allow the ribbon to thread through after embossing each section, in the same way that 'Tim' cuts folders to accomodate the larger size tags.

Added some pearls to finish. I think She is gazing at that pearl in top left corner and planning her next neck adornment!

Thank-you so much for visiting and for any lovely comments you might leave. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Nicola x

I wish to enter card to the following challenges;
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Swirls
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Water
Inspiration Journal - Add a Little P.O.P.
Country View Crafts - Pick and Mix
The Shabby Tea Room - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Sparkle with a bow
Kaboodle Doodles - # 163 Bows/Pearls/Anything with frills
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Girly
Creative Corner Challenges - Layer It Up
Happy Campers - Add Dimension


  1. Absolutely beautiful Nicola, I am not familiar with the paper you mention but it looks just like linen and am off to check it our as I love the effect you have created.

    B x

  2. Oh my goodness... gilded gloriousness! She may be called Miranda, but you've made her look positively regal - young Victoria, maybe?! Gorgeous embossed panel, and the texture paste looks wonderful - a really lovely make, Nicola.
    Alison x

  3. This is such a gorgeous vintage style card! I love the color palette. Miranda is exquisite! I so love your addition of the dimensional pearl trim across her neck. Just a neat little "extra detail" that really works! The embossing and stenciling in the background are lovely. Love the cream frame that so beautifully surrounds that gorgeous intricate embossed and die cut piece behind your beautiful Miranda. Love it all! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. She's really lovely. A wonderful and very elegant card.

  5. How wonderful Nicola! Love how you used the TAP to stamp her on (I am terrified to use mine in case I ruin it), she looks absolutely stunning in her pearl necklace. Wonderful us of the paste too. Such a beautiful card. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Piękna i bardzo stylowa kartka!
    Pozdrawiam Doris

  7. Great card, love the colour combo!

  8. A beautiful project, the image is gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at FSC this time.
    Yvonne / Meggymay

  9. Beautiful card Nicola, I like the vintage lady image the fabulous die cuts adn embossing.
    Kevin xx

  10. Absolutely stunning!! Gorgeous vintage image & beautiful die cut!!
    Ann-R xx

  11. Gorgeous card Nicola, love vintage cards. Your textures and embellishments are just fabulous! Have a lovely weekend. Joann xx
    p.s. thanks for your visit and lovely comments today!

  12. Fabulous layers and colours Nicola. Thanks for joining in at FSC and Country View Challenges.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs {brenda} x

  13. This is really gorgeous - and that necklace cannot be beat. Perfect for such a beautiful woman. I am going to save this so I can read it all again. Beautifully created!!

  14. Hi Nicola, This is one lovely Vintage card. Thanks for your kind words on my Blog today too. Judy x

  15. Stunning card Nicola, she is Beautiful.. Love the textures & wonderful design... Gorgeous vintage make!! Huve a great weekend.. Hugs May x x x

  16. Hi my dearest friend^_^
    What a gorgeous image on this wonderful card^_^
    Happy weekend^_^

  17. Wow, gorgeous work of art, so much stunning detail and love that you embossed ribbon really must give that a try, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  18. stunning card nicola.really beautiful design and details and i love the gorgeous image and gold colours :D

    xx coops xx

  19. Oh wow! Gorgeous! As always beautiful details!

  20. Ooh this is so up sassys street beautiful work and thanks for sharing asst crafty Catz

  21. oh my, what a gorgeous card Nicola, that stamp is a real beauty and I do love that little pearl necklace. Thanks for joining us at FSC this time, have a good weekend
    Claire xx

  22. Great card, I LOVE you lady on TAP, she's so beautiful !!!! You make me remember that I really MUST apply this technique, I received TAP in my last command... but no time to try yet ! Beautiful and unusual colors too, I love the whole as usuals. Good luck for the challenges Nicola, and hope the weather is coming better soon in Dublin. Coco xxx

  23. Gorgeous card Nicola, it's such an elegant piece! I love the effect of stamping onto TAP and your stamped lady certainly takes the centre stage! Thank you so much for joining our FSC challenge :) Big hugs xxx

  24. Gorgeously decadent Nicola. I have Miranda from The Stampsmith and she also stamps beautifully onto TAP. The handmade paper is a luxurious addition.
    Have a lovely Sunday.

  25. What a gorgeous vintage creation! Fabulous choice of colors and textures,and I love the image with the added pearls for necklace!

  26. So elegant and rich! Love the colors and her pearl necklace! Happy Sunday!

  27. Hi Nicola, I'm just catching up with some commenting as I have had no broadband for a while, and a few issues with family illness, were all back to normal now thankfully. This is just scrumptious, all the layers, colour and texture is just beautiful, love, love, love it. Julia xxxx

  28. Such a gorgeous vintage style card! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show :)

  29. Thanks for joining our Pop It challenge at Inspiration Emporium Journal Blog!
    What a lovely creation and the pearls are the perfect touch to make this pop!!

    ♥ Sue Kment

  30. Hi Nicola, This is such a beautiful card with lots of gorgeous details and a lovely image.
    Avril xx
    p.s. Thanks for joining us at FSC.

  31. Beautiful creation, so elegant!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Bunny Zoe Crafts this month :)

    Hugs, Franz.

  32. She is indeed lovely!!! So elegant and regal! I love your water and perfect pearl mixture to shine her up! Gorgeous cutouts as well! This card is stunning! Thanks for playing in our watered down challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  33. great project!!! thanks for joining us at kabooble doodles

  34. She is lovely, beautiful image.

    Moira xxx

  35. Hi Nicola, this is so beautiful and rich, I love the indian gold base, and the stencilling is lovely - and so neat! Miranda is a beautiful image and looks wonderful on the TAP. You put so much gorgeous detail into your creations.

    Take care

    Maria xx

  36. This is absolutely fantastic! Love the gold. Her necklace and bow is amazing.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz! Good luck!

  37. Hi Nicola, she is a real beauty, and so striking in those gorgeous sepia tones. I love her necklace the perfect finishing touch to such a classy card. xx

  38. Gosh this is beautiful Nicola! :) Absolutely breathtaking :)

    Wishing you a Happy Easter hun!



  39. Oh Nicola! Love the gold frame for your beautiful lady and her wonderful necklace. Another cracker from you. Hugs, Jenny x


Thank-you! Your visit and comment is very much appreciated. Nicola x