Monday, 28 March 2011

Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight on Decoupage

This week's spotlight on Crafty Cardmakers is Decoupage. Now, I sometimes layer an image I'm working on, but I rarely do 'proper' decoupage, you know, with more than a couple of layers. One reason is that I just prefer other techniques, and another is that I don't trust my cutting skills. (Seriously, if you ever see me with a craft knife in my hand, run!) But, there's one lovely thing about Decoupage, and that's the fact that it combines so well with other techniques, and I decided to combine mine with stitching. (And I bought some die cut decoupage flowers so my sanity remained intact.)
The decoupage is from a range called Prestigious Pearls, and they've got a lovely pearlescent sheen to them. This one's layered with Pinflair Glue Gel (and I've got to say, I've been really disappointed with that glue. Its life in the syringe seems more likely to be measured in minutes than days. Despite retracting the plunger after use, the nozzle becomes blocked and the only option I've found is a complete clean. Silicone is usually ok for a few days.)

The stitching uses a pattern by Vette de Joke from Easy Embroidery on Paper. The gems are coloured with Promarkers, and the paper is from MME.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew where they want 'no stamps',
The ABC Challenge where they've reached 'Q for Quilting or Sewing'.



It's great to see decoupage coming back onto cards, and it's such a therapeutic craft to work with. The flowers are beautiful and I love the stitched border.

Thanks for the info. about the Pinflair glue - I've often wondered about the clogging problem with the syringe.
Sylvia xx

Jo Davies said...

Stunning card Josephine I love to decoupage too, and this flower is just gorgeous! JO xxx

Nannieflash said...

Hi Josephine that is gorgeous so serene looking and beautiful colour choice. with hugs Shirleyxx

Jack said...

Love this, very elegant. I have trouble with that silicone glue too. xx

AN said...

Todella kaunis ja juhlava kortti!
Kiitos kun osallistuit ABC-haasteeseen tällä viikolla!
Onnea arvontaan

Bea said...

What a lovely card, really like the 3D-effect

Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenge this week


gillyflower said...

love this so pretty and the stitching is beautiful which i had the patience to stitch but i just don't
lovely card
gill x

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Josephine this is absolutely beautiful the stitching at the side looks great and that flower is gorgeous I love it.
Lorraine x

Lin said...

Great minds Josephine. I chose stitching to go with mine too. In fact I think that's when I built up my large stash of decoupage when I used to stitch, because as you said, it lends itself so well to other techniques and I think stitching sets it off to perfection.

Love the LO and the colours you chose for your pattern and the cute little gems in the flower finish it off a treat.

Lin xx

Scrapcat 1 said...

love the stitching on your card and the decoupage is beautiful.

Made by Mandy said...

What a lovely sheen on that decoupage image and the stitching is so delicate. I haven't coloured gems with Promarkers as I have a lot of coloured ones but you really can't tell they have been coloured can you? Really impressed with the finish.

Love Mandy xxx


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