Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ormolu Inspired

I am so loving the new scrapbooking company, Ormolu. I have yet to order any of the goodies as of yet, but they are definitely on my wish list! The fun colors and graphic images feed my creative appetite. Totally inspired by Ormolu's flair buttons and negative kraft tags, I created this "happy birthday" card for my cousin Nancy.

Incorporating lots of the hot trends right now...washi tapes, kraft, and the chevron pattern, I love the way this card turned out. I basically created the "happy" and the overall bracket shape using my Cricut Cartridges, Plantin Schoolbook & Storybook. Using foam tape added extra dimension to the overall piece. It also allows for you to see all the wonderful colors and patterns from the washi tapes underneath. I have been hoarding and collecting lots of washi tapes and this is my first time officially using them. Talk about fun! So easy to work with, it is great that you can remove it until you get it just right. As for the tapes I used, it is a mix of Martha Stewart, Hambly, Amy Tangerine American Crafts, Tim Holtz & of course the fun black polkadot from SMASH. After placing the tape just how I wanted it, I sewed it all down to secure it. I like the added texture the zigzag stitch makes. :) The patterns of the tapes althogether look beautiful on their own...

To create the circles, I used a 1.5" circle punch and created 1" buttons for the center of each. I created the buttons simply by using an old sewing pattern and stamped "birthday" with EK Success Image Tree alpha stamps. I like the vintage typewriter key look of the stamps.

This was so fun to create, I know that I will definitely be making more variations of the washi and the kraft together. I hope this has inspired you, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Amy

25 comments:

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is AMAZING! I loveeeeeeeeeeee how you used those buttons!!!

misty said...

OMG! I love this...its so interesting and different!

Cheryl said...

I tell ya... your "cards" should be framed. Seriously, they are works of art :-)

Chrissy said...

Amy, Nancy will LOVE this card! I know I would. I love how you used the tapes, negative space, and flair. I'll have to check out Ormalu.

Gladys said...

Beautiful! love the die cutting frame!

Bethany Kartchner said...

This piece is SO cool! I love how you combined the sewing and buttons. Fabulous job! In fact, I'm loving all your art!

Deb Neerman said...

WoW, this is amazing! Great use of the negative space ... so colorful and fun!!

Robin Thomas said...

You are such an artist.

I love your vision.

sharon Ong / Ngoo said...

Those holes and buttons make me happy! :)

sutty said...

Beautiful love all the holes and chevrons and washi tape :)

Lori said...

This is AWESOME! Love that negative tag - gotta try it out. Fun, fun, fun!

Tracy said...

Now this is cool and unique! Love your inventiveness with the negative image, those awesome Washi tapes, and the sewing pattern paper letters. Great mix of embellies and a totally fun card. Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Kraft Journal!

Joan said...

This card is soooo cool - I love it!!! What a great use of washi tape (which I also hoard!! lol) TFS such a wonderful idea!!

Keri said...

This is just so creative, Amy! Love the 3 trends you've unified on this one project...the washi-chevron background is awesome, the negative-space happy template you created is FABULOUS, and the buttons are the perfect touch...love this entire project, so many little things to inspire! (Also, thanks for your sweet comment on my MME layout, girl!) :)

WillieburgScrapper said...

EEEE! This is GORGEOUS!!! I LOOOVE the negative kraft window over the washi chevron- it's so classic "you"- bright color, innovative design and windows!!!! FANTASTIC color and such detail! Really inspiring!!

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow! How stunning and creative this is, Amy! Holy Cow! Love so much about this. The background chevron you created with the washi tape is absolutely amazing on it's own, and then there is the fabulous negative die cut piece and those amazing buttons you made. Wow!

Sabr said...

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!! Those patterns are amazing together and I love the way the kraft sets them off!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

very cool....love the bright colors....chheeerful!

Lynn said...

So creative! Love what you did with the tape and the negative space of the Kraft piece. Very cool!

Valerie said...

Sigh....those washi chevrons are genius!! What a beautiful card Amy! I love Ormolu too - I got some in a recent Studio Calico kit but have yet to place an order. Beautiful card - thanks for playing along with us at The Studio!

Leah Crowe said...

You are so dang fabulous gf.. I absolutely loveeeeeee all the details in this piece! The stitching behind the kraft overlay.. it's such a treat for the eyes!! <3 it!!

Briana Johnson said...

Oh WOW. Love this!! Oh, just love the circles and the badges

Diana Waite said...

wow this is COOL! Love it!

Sandi said...

OMG....what an amazing card! I am going to Pin this!

Gretchen said...

this card is way cool Amy!!