Ever get slight twinges of angst when you realize that you have a fair swag of purchased but not often used crafting supplies? I do. Although I do craft often (pretty much daily) and with a variety of crafting supplies...my supply far outweighs the demand. The fact that I have more than I probably will ever wearout or use up bothers me less than the fact that I haven't gotten around to having fun with each and every one of the delectable goodies I have diligently and lovingly amassed. So I have set myself a task to try and use at least one either never used or hardly ever used goodie each time I make something for the next little while. Yep, that's the plan.
For this card, I used a Tim Holtz Hanging Sign Alterations Bigz die as my chosen goodie. This is a rather nifty die I must say. It comes complete with the sign and the cool ornate watchamacallit to hang the sign from. This card was inspired from the current Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge sketch by one of my favorite papercrafters and WMS Mischief Maker, Kelly Shirmer. I took a not-so-small liberty with the sketch and lowered the shapely sentiment panel by constructing the sign element as this aspect of the sketch. I probably will get 50 lashes with a thread of cotton for doing this but...I thought it was a kind of cool albeit cheeky take on the sketch. I love the wonderfully curvaceous Waltzingmouse sentiment set Say It Loud and thought it a good match for all the voluptuousness of the Tim Holtz die and the Spellbinders Gromit tag below, at least in my own lunchbox it seemed, that is.
I also had a bit of fun using some textured charcoal cardstock for the sign and the white corrugated board for the hanging thingy. Embossing on textured cardstock generally doesn't ever end well, but I was after that distressed enamelled look often seen in actual vintage signage these days (well that's my story and I am sticking to it) so I thought I'd give it a go. That lovely blue stripey DP is from the new Authentique range of 6x6 pattern papers. Somehow, I think Authentique is the company formerly known as Girls Paperie and still gorgeous. The other bits and bobs used are from my stash.
Initially I thought this card was going to be a more masculine card, but I obviously couldn't resist the lure of a rose and the pearls, so out the window that idea went. Ah well, what can you do? Nevermind.
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