Monday, 16 September 2013

Through The Purple Haze Design Team - 'Bling it up!!!'

Hello all, this weeks Design Team challenge at Through The Purple Haze was sponsored by My Mums Craft Shop and the instructions were to 'bling it up!!'

It is SOOOOO NOT my cup of tea to be a bit bling, bling. 

I have a few crafting rules when it comes to adding bling to my creations. I may have been known to add a few pearls here and there on occasion, in a very minimal way. And mirror card.... mirror card is strictly for Christmas related projects. However, it can be used with everyday projects as long as it has been sanded and distressed to near death!!!

The design brief this week threw all my bling related crafting rules out the window! (But I must admit.... I had a blast creating this card!)

Here is my finished design.

I used one of the Moulin Divas - Tres Chic from Kanban and stamped it on to white card with black 'Ink it up!' ink. I then coloured in the image using ProMarkers. I wanted to use very simple and a minimum of colours as I knew the background and embellishments would be very wow, so wanted to keep the main image subtle.

After stamping and colouring the Moulin Diva, I cut around it using Labels Twenty-Nine Nestabilities Spellbinder die and inked around the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.
I then covered the entire die cut image with 'Ink it up!' clear embossing ink and triple heat embossed it with 'Heat it up! clear embossing powder. This gave a real shimmer to the main image. 

The next step was to add the bling... I started with some rainbow shimmer mirror card and cut out five of the background flourishes using the Spellinders D-Lites Fantastic Flourish One die. 

I decided to stick to grey/silver and white for my background papers. I chose a pearl white, silky, slightly textured paper for the 8 X 8 background and cut a 7 X 7 sheet of embossed silver/grey paper from the same paper pack for the matt. 

I added the Spellbinders Flourishes around the background and attached them flat to the card. I mounted the main image on to double foam pads and attached it to the center of the card.

I decided it needed something else to make the card more 'Tres Chic' and chose to add feathers. I tucked the ends of white feathers underneath the main image and added one on to the Divas hat.

I finished by adding silver matt pearls on the corners of the card, corners of the image, on the spines of the feathers and at points on the flourishes. (53 pearls in total added to this card - how's that for bling!!!)

This weeks design brief, to be honest, scared me a little bit. (As soon as I heard the phrase 'bling it up!' my brain automatically saw Jenny from the Block kitted out with 9" thick gold chains and dripping in diamonds!!!!)  
After recovering from the initial panic attack.... when I had (TIT) thought it through, I realised this could be a fun project without the tack.... and it was...... 

Hope you enjoyed this some-what different creation from me.... We all need to try something new once in a while.

Toodles for now - oh, please leave me a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts.

* Kanban Moulin Divas - Tres Chic stamp set
* 'Ink it up! black ink
* White card
* ProMarkers - 
cool grey 4
* Spellbinders dies - 
Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Nine
* Spellbinders D-Lites Fantastic Flourish One
* Pumice Stone Distress Ink
* 'Ink it up!' clear embossing ink
* 'Heat it up!' clear embossing powder
* Rainbow shimmer card
* White feathers
* Silver matt pearls
* Background papers
* Adhesive


  1. Lisa i just love your cards very very nice...and the feathers just finish it....very well made and just lovely


  2. Lovely card Lisa. Thank you for your comments on my blog

  3. Thanks GrannyM! I always seem to call you that and its a fab, cool, funky name!! And you are welcome about the comments - I mean every word. Thanks for yours too.