Saturday, November 14, 2009

OCC Challenge - A Postcard from the Edge...

This week the OCC has a interesting Challenge to get your creativity jump started. Use this picture as Inspiration or a Sketch to create your card or project.
For a close up view on the OCC's great projects for this week please visit the OCC Ladies on their blogs -Silke Ledlow, Jennifer Meyer, Loretta Lock , Joycelyn Turner, Cindy Burgess, Dana Grothaus, Linda Coughlin, Lori Rider, Melissa Young, and Wendy Janson
So here is my challenge card -- It is a definite departure from my normal style! I was inspired to use a Postcard Stamp and then... well I heaped it on from there!!! I took some pictures as I created - so you could see some of the steps in creating this.
I first created my card base using the Post Card stamp to create the background. I then stamped it once again on Kraft, cutting it out to use as part of the collage. I wanted to use a "Miss You" theme with my postcard -- could I find a stamp in my room that said that???.... NO, and I know I have several if not many!!! So.... I customized my own stamp using the JustRite products. The Postage and Typewriter paper pieces are from Graphic 45.

You can see here how I aged my stamped pieces.... I first sponged ink around the edges of each piece. Then I used that "Splatter" looking stamp to add some interest -- kind of looks like aged water spots, I think. When I stamped the "Splatter" I used second, third and fourth generations of inking to give it lighter, medium and darker spots.

My dirty little bow.... I had some Ivory Silk ribbon, which was way too bright and sweet looking now that I had dirtied everything else up! So I just ran it over the Ink pad to make it more suitable to my card's theme. I wanted to add this little charm in the middle... I first tied my triple bow with the Bow Easy. Then I threaded the ribbon through the eyelet on the back of the charm. Leaving my Bow intact on the Bow Easy, I then tied the charm ribbon to it in the center of the Bow Easy legs, tying it off in a simple knot in the back of the bow. This created two additional bow tails as well.

Here is a Close Up pic of this unusual creation that I made. I fussed it up a little more by adding some buttons and pearls in a heap type pile. The Flowers were also a little more bright red than I liked, so I darkened the petals and centers using a Copic Marker. The thread was left over from sewing on the buttons, so I just glued that down too!!! I will tell you before I glued everything down -- I am sure I moved every element at least ten times. Finished card size is an A2.

  • Stamps: Splatter #2240G by Hampton Arts, Passport #2825B by Rubber Stampede, Carte Postal #485J22 by All Night Media, JustRite Oval Stamper and Trompe Font
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versafine Sepia Brown
  • Paper: Red DP by Basic Grey "Boxer Collection", Kraft, Black, Neenah Peppercorn Ivory, Graphic 45
  • Other: Copic marker, Charm, Button, Silk Ribbon, Bow Easy Tool, Misc. Flowers, Pearl Hat Pin, Misc. Pearls, Embroidery Floss, Spellbinder's Label Eight, Black 1/16" Rainbow Tape


  1. WoW! Lots of elements on this card, but it works! Love the way you antiqued everything. I still can't believe you are sewing on the buttons. Perhaps you're taking the "domestic goddess" thing too far?

    Sue P youknowwhereimfrom

  2. oh I keep looking at all the details...this would be so great in a heritage album.

  3. YOu have the BEST stash evah, and I wish I lived next door!!! Gorgeous, inspired card, Jenny!!!

  4. I'm dizzy reading all about this card and all your steps - a novel is right! Since I'm not into BROWN, grunge, shabby shiek, and all that collage stuff, all I can give you this time is an A+++ for effort! After that, send the card to a 2nd hand store..... (LOL)

  5. So neat - all your details and the bow is awesome!

    I love it! It's different than your normal, so that proves one thing - you CAN do it all!

  6. WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! This is just stunning!! Love everything about it!! all the detail is just amazing!!

  7. I really like this!! I don'tknow how in the world you so easily put that charm in the bow! Love the way you aged it's perfect!

  8. Gorgeous card Jenny - the layout is amazing and WOW I LOVE the vintage pieces.

    So glad you are feeling better! Hugs, Jennifer :)

  9. This is fantastic, Jenny. It looks like a WHOLE lot of work! I love the way you matted all the main pieces with black. I think it defines the pieces so they look like they go together and makes the collage look "neat"--is that an oxymoron? I cannot pull this look off so I'm envious!

  10. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT - Jenny!!! You really rocked this your layout and design!!! Clever girl you!!! Hugs ~S~

  11. WOW! Collage! You did it! Great job and I love all the graphic 45 elements. MLN

  12. Oh wow, this is truly gorgeous. I so love the vintage style and the collaged effect. So much detail to feast one's eyes on.

  13. Love all the layers and the vintage look of this post card - it's beautiful!

  14. Absolutely vintage lovely! Your embellishments for it are beautiful!

  15. Fabulous job on this challenge, Jenny. Of course, you knew I would LOVE it - LOL!! Great little tutorial you put together also. You rocked this challenge!!