Wednesday, January 20, 2021

So Delicate

Hello friends and visitors! It's time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and today Jenny is our host. She calls her challenge 'So Delicate':

"Although it's not always evident in my projects, I have a real passion for delicate laces, fragile flowers, fine stitching, intricate artwork and exquisite architecture. For this challenge create something delicate or a vintage/shabby chic project that features delicate things in it."

The Design Team will choose their four top picks and the overall winner will receive the $25 gift certificate to go on a spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All four top picks will receive badges to display on their blogs in recognition of their outstanding contributions. Stop over to the blog to see all the details and the wonderful delicate inspiration shared by my teammates.

Being a gardener, I can think of nothing more delicate than the flowers and foliage I see in my garden, so I decided to make my Mom a card with a vintage flower garden theme. First, I will share a few close ups and then show the steps I took to make this card.

My colors and overall theme were inspired by the beautiful rose on the ephemera and the delicate color of the seam binding ribbon. These were included in one of the sweet goodie bags Linda puts in her orders as a special thank you gift when you make a purchase from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I have quite a stash of these goodie bags! I tucked in  a pair of Tim Holtz flowers brushed with Tattered Rose ink.

Here's how this card came together. 

I started with two panels: one a Distress Heavystock white panel trimmed to fit a 5 x 7 card blank and the second a left over panel of a heavy card from my scraps--I think it may be bristol board. It's interesting to note how different papers react to inks, etc. I blended Tattered Rose ink through two different Tim Holtz Layering Stencils--Lattice and Blossoms. While the ink was still fresh, I heat embossed with Tattered Rose Embossing Glaze powder. (Sorry, I forgot to include the stencils in the photo.) I scuffed the embossing with steel wool to remove some of the shine before moving onto the next step.

Next, I inked a Tapestry stamp with a delicate pattern with Bundled Sage and Brushed Corduroy and spritzed the stamp with water before randomly stamping on the panels. Even though the shine is removed from the embossing, it resists the ink.

I blended each of the panels with Bundled Sage and Antique Linen inks. I splashed with plain water then watered down Cracked Pistachio Oxide Spray, heat drying after each. I set these panels aside and worked on my embellishments. I would later cut one of the panels using Stacked Postage and mat the die cuts on card which I faux 'stitched' with a micron pen.

I die cut some old Distress papers and a scrap of inked paper using Tim Holtz Brushstroke Flowers #1 die set and assembled the flowers. I ended up not using the pink one shown on my card, but cut and assembled a second smaller flower out of more of the old Distress papers.

I die cut a few of the leaves from the Brushstroke Flowers set out of Distress paper, added a Remnant Rub to a metal tag from my stash and found some lace to use on my card. Each was rubbed with Patina Green Matte Wax. I ended up using a different lace on my card which was blended with Bundled Sage ink.

I matted the rose ephemera on black card, after blending the edges with Brushed Corduroy ink. I smooshed my Fossilized Amber ink pad on an acrylic block, spritzed it with water and applied it to one side of the panel to give more of an aged look.

Here's one more look at the completed card.  I know it's a  little busy, but I think it gives it the vintage style garden vibe I was going for.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please be sure to visit the blog to see what my talented teammates made to inspire you, and then I hope you will take some time to play along in our So Delicate challenge. I can't wait to see what you will make! Crafty hugs! Sara Emily

Challenge Shares:

These products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Antique Linen, brushed Corduroy, Bundled Sage, Fossilized Amber, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Wax Paste  - Old White, Patina Green


  1. Hi Sara, your lovely card is so delicately shabby and nice. XOX

  2. Such a pretty design! Loving the touches of pink throughout thenlayers and the background looks so lovely with the intricate flowers - beautiful 😀. Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful weekend! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

  3. Beautiful Sara Emily! I loved how you shaded those diecut flowers and layered them with the beautiful rose panel. Your mother is going to love this!

  4. Coordinating everything with your ephemera is so effective here Sara Emily. You have complimented the die cut flowers perfectly here and exactly as you wanted, it totally epitomises a vintage spring garden xx


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