Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Slice of Life

Do you ever get gifts from non crafty friends or family and think hmmm . . . .the quality of this might not be so good? I recently received the Fruit Salad set from Oriental Trading. Now, not that I'm unappreciative when it comes to getting gifts, it was very thoughtful., however, most of the stuff in this magazine is kinda cheapy. When it comes to the stamps I couldn't of been more wrong :) I was delighted to find the quality was actually pretty good! So if you're in the market for a big sheet (8 1/2 by 11) for a very reasonable price check them out :)

Onto the card

Another using the Off The Wall Craftiness colors

To start this card I busted out the good old acrylic paint :) It's been a while since I painted and I didn't have a teal/orange pattern in my stash. So why not make it right?
I squeezed the teal and orange paint onto my craft mat, using a make up sponge I swiped it on 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 piece of white card stock. Once it was completely dry I roughed up the edges with my scissors and rubbed on some black soot.

Here is a close up of the background

I cut my card base out of white card stock and stamped the swirls (Hero Arts, Magical Background) in versa mark. I heat embossed with clear. You can't really see it in the photo but in real life it makes a big difference. Funny how sometimes it's the things that aren't noticable right away are things you would notice if they weren't there. After embossing I inked the edges with black soot.
Using a piece of white card stock I rubbed on some spiced marmalade. I just used what was on my foam already since I wanted it to be soft. I then stamped the Orange slices (Oriental trading, Fruit Salad) using spiced marmalade. When I want to emboss with distress ink I ink my stamp with versa mark and then the distress ink that way I don't have to crazy rush to get the powder in there. :) I heat embossed all the oranges with clear and then cut them out. I outlined them with stardust stickles and adhered a rhinestone in the middle.
For the tag I used a template then stamped the sentiment (Oriental trading, Fruit Salad) using the teal acrylic paint. I just apply the paint with a makeup sponge, I try not to pile it on because i want it to be legible. Some of the areas don't always stamp complete since I don't gob it on, i just go back with a fine brush and fill it in.
I wrapped the painted panel with some embroidery floss, slid on my tag, and tied it in a bow. I secure my bows with glossy accents. I adhered the whole painted panel to the card base with foam and added the oranges with more foam.

Thanks for popping by  . . . .one more post to go :)


  1. wow!! love the colors and oranges~~

  2. That background of paint is amazing. Great job. Glad to see another entry from you at OTWC.

  3. See you just never know where there are great treasures! OT turned out a fabulous card! :-) Thanks for sharing it with us for another entry at OTWC! Good luck for this entry! :-)