Art de Fleur

This card is the cardmaking version of going down a rabbit hole. I know how easy that is on the interwebs, but apparently it is possible with a card as well. What started out as a vintage style two layer card became a little more than that. I just kept thinking of stamps and papers and techniques I wanted to add.

I decided an insert would be nice; I don’t usually put anything on the inside of my cards so an insert is quite the departure. An insert turned into two inserts which is more like a little book when you count both sides of the pages!

The front panel, which was initially going to be the whole deal features several Darkroom Door stamps: scratches background stamp, sheet music background stamp, global postmarks, art de fleur vol 1.

For the whole card I stuck with four Papertrey ink cubes (listed below); I used them for stamping, watercolouring, splattering and blending with a blending brush.

The inside pages are not watercolour paper but handmade paper from a Hanji gifts in Toronto. It is handmade paper with rose petals embedded in it. It was very white straight out of the packet so I smooshed some brown and pink inks on my glass mat, diluted with water then swiped the paper through the ink. This resulted in the colour I wanted but removed the sizing and wrinkled the paper. I ironed it, which did the trick then added little bits of stamping on every page. I used a couple of sentiments and some quote stamps, all from Darkroom Door and reused the same background stamps plus the floral stamps from the Art de Fleur set.

To join it all together I poked holes and used some fine twine for a little ‘book binding’. With all the ‘vintaging’ I did on the front panel and pages the card base itself looked very stark so I swiped that through some smooshed ink too so everything would co-ordinate.

I was so deep down the rabbit hole by this point I realised an ordinary envelope was just not an option so I pulled out another sheet of the handmade rose petal paper, inked it, ironed it and used my envelope punch board to create an custom envelope, which I failed to photograph. All in all a very satisfying but surprising creative project. Now, back to work!


5 Comments on “Art de Fleur”

  1. Lisa Quigley says:

    This is such a beautiful loving piece of art I am spell bound! I have followed you for many years and appreciate your abilities and your personal self that you offer in your art. This piece is so exquisite it would be suited to give your daughter as she marries or sets off in the world. It is breathtakingly unique and beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Do more of your rabbit hole experiences you have arrived express it! We all delight in it and for you now enjoy yourself..

  2. nancystiz says:

    WOW! Lucky the recipient who gets this one! I studied this for such a long time since your effects are truly fabulous! This is an incredible piece of artwork! Thank you for sharing your talents! How amazing this is and an inspiration to all of us!

  3. Lynda says:

    This is absolutely stunning Heather. Yes, as Lisa said, please have more rabbit hole experiences!

  4. Pat says:

    What a fabulous work of art Heather and the limited palette is so pretty and the handmade papers add to the texture and love the twine too. So inspirational and beautiful. x

  5. Janet S. says:

    Oh my, What a lovely treat to be invited down your rabbit hole. This is truly a work of art to be studied. I stamp on handmade paper, but never though of smooshing ink on it, beautiful job! Love your inspiration, thanks!!

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