Monday, 21 January 2013

What are you known for?

This week's challenge from Simon Says Stamp and Show is "What are you known for?". Well, I guess I'm known for making vintage cards with dimension, so I'm sharing one of those with you today. It's what I call a screen card, inspired by an old Japanese screen that my grandmother gave me. It has scenes inset with gold leaf and mother of pearl and I can remember lying on my bed in her house when I was very little, spending hours looking at all the detail.

"What are you known for? A Vintage Dimensional Card""

This side has scenes stamped and covered in Perfect Pearls over sponged distress ink backgrounds. The frames are stamped and heat-embossed in gold and the images are decorated with diecut flowers are butterflies.

"First panel close-up"

The diecuts give some added dimension to the card and also cast shadows when the light falls in a certain way.


 The reverse has the same scenes heat-embossed in gold directly onto the brown cardstock.

"Reverse close-up"

Small lengths of ribbon and charms are tied onto the book-rings joining the panels.

"In the box"

This sentiment makes a great front panel when the card is folded and placed in the box.

"Take the time to walk barefoot in the grass making daisy chains and believe in the beauty of your dreams".

IndigoBlu stamp sets: Poppy Meadow, Enjoy Life, Clematis Flourish, Nature 1, Wild Meadow
Sizzix Bigz M&S Cabinet & mini Cabinet dies
Spellbinders D-Lites: Poppy Patch, Cattails, Flower Burst, Fantastic Flourish One
Versamark Ink Pad
Stampendous embossing powder: pirate gold
Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet
Perfect Pearls: Heirloom Gold
Ribbon, charms
cardstock: brown 300gsm, white 160gsm
adhesives: PVA, Pinflair

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - What are you known for?


  1. Oh my goodness this is gorgeous.

  2. This is stunning Maddy. The screen design is so beautiful and I can see how you were inspired by the Japanese screen that you have. Using the gold embossing on the frames looks so effective and the images and details are beautiful. This is a real work of art.
    Hugs Sue

  3. Maddy...this is absolutely gorgeous! You're inspiring me to want to make more cards...and THAT is quite a feat! haha This is so beautifully done. I love the gold embossing! It looks so vintage an really goes with your Japanese screen feeling. Wow! Just beautiful and exquisitely hand crafted! Thanks for the very sweet comments you left on my blog. I so so so appreciate them! Thanks for sharing your beautiful card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. Lovely dimensional card Maddy, I love all the gold it adds a touch of oppulence and I love your use of the poppies, one of my favourite flowrs. Lovely vintage feeling, perfectly showcasing what you are known for. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x x

  5. Maddy this is stunning what a wonderful vintage screen it would make a lovely gift. Love Alison xxx

  6. So pretty! Love the embossing and shape . It looks so elegant.

  7. Oh my, this is a really beautiful card. Double the beauty with both sides.

  8. Wow, a breathtaking screen card. Great details.

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous so different in the nicest possible way x
    I am very boring I am known for doing mainly square cards xx

  10. Stunning work Maddie - love all the detail and the colours

  11. Nice lush vintage feel :D

  12. Just stunning! Happy Leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

  13. stunng,beautiful work. sue xx

  14. what a completely different card, stunning, you must be very proud if it xx

  15. wow more than just a card ... its super well done ... hope you have a great weekend ... just doing a bit of blog hopping ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  16. This is gorgeous, love the gold embossed stamping.
    Anne x

  17. beautiful love all the gold embossing
    carol x

  18. Wow this is gorgeous. Chris xx

  19. Stunning and what a fantastic idea for a card. Really love these

  20. Stunning, what a lot of work you have put into this card. Just hopping by. Lizzie

  21. Sunning card.
    just doing a bit of blog hopping.

  22. Your work is such a pleasure to look at, so much detail (which I like) and such creative ideas. Thank you for sharing, it's quite lovely.

  23. wow! what a beautiful keepsake card! x

  24. Beautiful screen card! Love the embossed edges and the lovely flowers! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  25. I have seen many fantastic things that you have made, but I am sure of that this screen card is the most fantastic ever. All the gold embossed things are just super. It is a little difficult to see, but what are the size for the card? I wish you a fine week.

  26. This is absolutely gorgeous - it must have taken you ages.


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