Gallery Idol Round 4 !

June 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm 20 comments

Here we are again!
This time…border stamps.
I collected my vast (not) collection of border stamps and the one that jumped out at me was this set by WPlus9

I love the movement in the borders and I got thinking about using an idea I’ve had in my head since this contest began. I wanted to coil acetate. So first I stamped it one side with the stars in gold ink and the opposite with white

In order to make it coil, I thought I’d anchor the twist to the back of the panel and cut two slits in the card

20140608-163032-59432821.jpg then all I needed to do was twist the acetate and slot it into the slits, securing at the back.

I spied some Tim Holtz arrows that my good friend Carole had sent me and it seemed perfect to fit inside the coil.. and voila..the concept for the card was clearer.

Now the sentiment positioning was sorted, I wanted to use the border stamps to create more movement at the bottom of the arrow and thought I could also use another small border stamp to act as a shadow to the stitching ‘flames’ I wanted to do. First I did the stamping (actually, first I tried it out on scrap paper as because my concept was organic, I was doing everything in the wrong order!!

20140608-164634-60394529.jpg I also gold embossed the sentiment BEFORE I stitched as I knew I could redo the stamping if I needed but redoing the stitching would have taken forever!!

At this point I got a little stuck. It looked a bit dull and I couldn’t find a colour to add as a matt behind.
I came back to it the next day and spied some Coredinations glitter card and thought a double colour would be fun

20140608-165030-60630175.jpg I also added some teeny gold and red flat sequins to echo the ‘flames’ and give more movement.
So nearly done, the white space at the top right was bugging me…looked just too empty. I left it another night and came back to an idea of spraying a red and gold mist onto some card, stamping the border out and cutting out the individual stars. Yup, these stars are crazily small. Took quite a while.
I’d finished it. I never take this long to make a card. Ever.

Hope you like it.
That’s using border stamps 4 ways.
1.Onto an acetate strip
2.As a vehicle to show movement ( the dotted swooshes)
3.As a shadow to my stitching
4.Cut out as individual embellishments.
Hope it’s enough for a little vote?! You can vote right here
Thankyou to all of you xx
Back a little later with a PaperArtsy post xx


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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pegcraftalot  |  June 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Have you got the link to vote?

    Great card I love the acetate coil and Carole’s arrow makes it xxx


    • 2. kerenbaker  |  June 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks Peg- I’ll let you know when it’s up. It seems to be up at different times x


  • 3. massofhair  |  June 9, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Ooooh love this Keren! Fantastic way to use border stamps, the coiled acetate & stitched border make the card for me.

    Well done, an amazing job. When can we vote? 🙂 xxx


  • 5. Bev  |  June 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Fantastic! Such a unique and wonderful technique using the acetate. LOVE this! You’re moving on, I can tell! : )


  • 6. Jaclyn Charette Miller  |  June 9, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Love that coil of acetate and the movement you’ve created! Good luck this round.


  • 7. Miriam Prantner  |  June 9, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Love how you used the acetate! Great dimension, and hope that your little one is feeling better soon!!!


  • 8. carolewaechtler  |  June 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Reaching for the stars……..and with a card like this you’ll surely get there! You have such a wonderful fresh approach to every bit of product you lay your creative hands on! It’s inspirational just reading about your thought process too! Love it! C x


  • 9. Lea Lawson  |  June 9, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I LOVE this card!! Such great use of those WPlus9 border stamps…it is so perfectly whimsical & fun!! I will admit…I’m not the hugest fan of public voting contests…but I still LOVE seeing all the entrants. So, each week of Gallery Idol I look at all the cards without scrolling to see who made it so my vote will be cast completely blind….and yours was my pick this week!! You did a fantastic job with the challenge!!


  • 10. massofhair  |  June 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    VOTED & left some love:-) xxx


  • 11. Sarah Gray  |  June 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    This is stunning, Keren! Love the coiled acetate, so creative 🙂 I love reading about your design process too. Am off to vote!


  • 12. tsurutadesigns  |  June 10, 2014 at 2:43 am

    this is amazing Keren!


  • 13. Sabrina Alery  |  June 10, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Oh Keren! This is a stunner!! Every little detail is perfection ❤


  • 14. Yoonsun Hur  |  June 10, 2014 at 6:12 am

    This is brilliant!!! It is a fabulous idea. So clever! Good Luck!!


  • 15. Paula W  |  June 10, 2014 at 7:15 am

    another great card…good luck xx


  • 16. justtyra  |  June 10, 2014 at 7:15 am

    This is amazing! that little coil is the piece de resistance!


  • 17. Clare Allen  |  June 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Wow again Keren – amazing card!


  • 18. Kelly Griglione  |  June 11, 2014 at 3:30 am

    The coil is pretty awesome, indeed, but I really like the different colored stars on the underside of the acetate. Such a fun card!!


  • 19. kristie larsen  |  June 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Keren! This is such a great card. You are a pro at this 3D stuff! I love the acetate and the layout and the sparkly paper peeking out. Such a nice touch. Nice work!


  • 20. Ros Crawford  |  June 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I’m speechless … what a clever and ver effect card this is Keren … my fingers are crossed for you!



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