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Friday, June 1, 2012

An Elegant Card for a Special Occasion using my ETP for Blockheads' Technique Challenge

Happy Friday Everyone!

Just one more sleep to go until the weekend so just in case you're attending a special event here's an elegant card idea for you!  This design is pretty with soft hues and would be suitable for a wedding or an anniversary and even a girl's graduation card!  But for me it's a wedding card and the use of the goddess is a fun alternative to an image of a bride ;0)

 I think I've taken toilet paper to a whole new level of elegance here don't you!  Yep, you read that right, I used another one of my handmade embossed toilet paper creations for the background.  I used an Art Deco Cuttlebug embossing folder on this one and was inspired to go with an Art Nouveau colour scheme and the layout of the sketch challenge #148 over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I used the goddess frieze from the Greco-Roman sheet (top right) and the Congratulations sentiment from my favourite Verses sheet.  Both are exclusive Blockheads Paper Arts' sets.

My elegant card started out like this

then transformed into this

Check out my Blockheads Technique Challenge tutorial on making your own handmade embossed toilet paper (ETP).

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss this piece of ETP and applied sage green, peach and a touch of pale pink Pebble Chalks with my finger tip instead of using a chalk applicator.  During my experiments I found that being too rough with colour application can cause the ETP to get bitty and using my finger helped keep it to a minimum!  The left pic above shows the soft effect of the chalks and the pic on the right shows how much stronger the colour becomes after spritzing it with water.  To make the background even yummier I added a wonderful diamond shimmer to it by spritzing with Smooch Vanilla Spritz.  You can click on the pic below to enlarge and see the pretty sparkle.

 The ETP is the perfect size to fit onto a 6.5 x 5 inch card blank (Michaels).  Cut a mat from sage green cardstock slightly smaller than the folded card and adhere the ETP panel to it with craft glue.  Punch holes in all 4 corners and attach sage green pearlized brads (Recollections - Michaels).  Adhere everything to the folded card with craft glue.  Die cut out 2 strips of the Spellbinders Ironworks border die from the same sage green cardstock then cut a strip from a sheet of pearlized peach cardstock and adhere down the center of the card.

Stamp the goddess frieze onto textured white cardstock with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  For a touch of subtle colouring apply sage green and peach Pebble Chalks to parts of the image with a detail chalk applicator and blend with a Dove Blender pen or E-Z Chalk Enhancer fluid.  Die cut out the image with a round Spellbinders die and edge it with the Peeled Paint DI.  Die cut out mats for the panel with a Spellbinders Lacey Circle die from green and peach cardstock.  Overlap the mats and adhere everything together with permanent adhesive tape.

Stamp the sentiment onto textured white cardstock, cut out and edge with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  To make the 2nd part of the sentiment stand out a bit more I coloured it lightly with peach Pebble Chalks and a Dove Blender pen.  Die cut out a rectangle panel from peach cardstock with a Quickutz Lacey Rectangle die.  Cut the die cut in half and just adhere the lacey edges to the back of the sentiment panel with permanent adhesive tape.  Adhere the goddess panel and the sentiment to the card with craft glue.

Complete the card by embellishing the top and bottom sections of the peach strip with dimensional pearls made with a Magic Transparent White Pearl Pen and a piece of white organza ribbon knotted into a bow.  So pretty!  Are you in need of an idea with more of a masculine theme?  Then check out my other ETP card I made too ;0)

Don't forget that both of these cards were made with my embossed toilet paper technique which is the current Technique Challenge going on over at Blockheads Paper Arts right now!  So get creating and I look forward to seeing all your ETP projects in the inlinkz collection below and all the info for the challenge can be found at the link below :0)

Blockheads Paper Art's Technique Challenge - Embossed Toilet Paper Technique 

I've entered my card in these fun challenges!

Tuesday Morning Sketches - Sketch #148 
 Perfect Sentiments Challenge #34 - Anything Goes with Sentiment
Fab n Funky Challenge #123 - Celebrations
Cooking It Up With Katie Challenge #96 - Celebrate
Crafts and Me Challenges - Add Ribbon
Crafting for All Seasons - Challenge #28 Many Layers
Simply Create Too Challenge #14 - Wedding or Love 
Stamp With Sarah Kay - #169 For a Girl 
Aud Sentiments #55 - Any Sentiment
Belli Challenge #144 - Wedding - my old supplies are the brads and the coloured papers which I've had in my stash for over a year ;0)

Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents


  1. I am in complete awe of your card and your amazing handmade embossed papers. I cannot believe you did that with toilet paper. I am off to read your tutorial. Simply fabulous! This card is absolutely stunning and any bride would be happy to receive this. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

    PS - The TMS DT call is open until June 9th.

  2. What a wonderful card, very soft colours and a very different bride look!

  3. Leigh, your embossed toilet paper looks fabulous on this soft and elegant card. (Hard to believe that I used the words toilet paper and elegant in the same sentence - LOL!!!) So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Stamps' digi team's "Add a Ribbon" challenge. Hugz, ~ Rose

  4. gorgeous!
    oh my, your blog is filled with fabulous creations & awesome techniques!
    following you now!
    enjoy your day!!

  5. Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my alternative wedding card!!

  6. Wow, never would have guessed that was toilet paper - amazing! Beautiful card, thanks for playing along at Fab N Funky this week!

  7. I have just one word - WOW! I've never seen this technique before but I am definitely going to try it soon! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us for our Aud Sentiment's "Any Sentiment" challenge! Dee

  8. TP never looked so good. Gorgeous colors! Is the stamping done in the new Memento colors? Great layout!!

  9. Leigh: Both of your cards--so beautiful--as beautiful as last week's winning entry! I've done the TP & Stamps before--now I'll have a new trick--thanks for the fun/great tutorial--you explained and pictured it so wonderful.Thank you for entering your project in our Challenge #14 - Wedding [Love].

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  10. I've seen thsi technique on Create and Craft so it is good to see it used elsewhere. Lovely creation. Thanks for playing at Aud Sentiments.

    Hugs Ali x

  11. What a fabulous technique. What brand of TP do you use for your embossing? Must be rather strong. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Perfect Sentiment.

  12. What an awesome technique, thanks for sharing. Thanks for linking up with Cooking it up with katie

  13. Very pretty, love the swirl embossed background and the pastle colours.

  14. Your card is wonderful!
    An adorable image and beautiful colors.
    Thanks for joining us at Stampavie and More.

  15. What a beautiful - and unique - wedding card, Leigh! Toilet paper, eh? YOu are so green!!

  16. Sorry I'm so late getting around to everyone's blog - but I think I commented on FB. I love this card! So elegant - no one would ever know it's TP! :)


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