Friday, October 11, 2013

CFC #117 - Stitched and Colored Cork



So excited that you can actually sew on cork! AND you can apparently color on it too!


This week's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge is to use real or faux stitching on your project. Up for grabs is a wonderful gift certificate from SimonSaysStamp.com!



I was blown away at how intense the colors are using the inexpensive Reeves wax crayons (here's the first project I used them on). Wasn't sure what I was expecting when you color on cork, but certainly not this! There are four reds on the heart. The only reason I tried it is because I wanted to enter some of the fun Moxie Fab Challenges ... I started with the metal/wood/cork challenge, and decided to add the color media challenge as well.

ETA: Also wanted to mention that I switched to a thicker thread so it would show up better, and loosened the tension so the thread wouldn't get pulled into the cork.


I started out with a plain card base, but I wanted to take more advantage of the upside-down scallops that mimic the top of the heart shape.


So I cut them, but wasn't too sure how it looked on top. [There's even a prior version where the scallops are cut off in the middle on each end. The Pattern Play class at online card classes reminded me to make sure your pattern is centered before you cut!]




So that's when I backed the humps with the red paper to still give the heart-shape feel while maintaining the basic card shape. So in love with this double-sided paper too. It's from the Studio Calico Yearbook line (Most Likely is the pattern). The rounded square is from the new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Funky Tag Die that just went on sale today.

Can't wait to see your stitched creations in the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge gallery!

Thanks so much for looking! 
-Kelly

28 comments:

  1. Fabulous vibrant colours in your heart Kelly!! Love your heart-top humps too :)

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  2. This is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Such a neat look!

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  3. Cute idea, Kelly! I like all three versions of the card. The scallops are awesome. But then, that stitching on cork is pretty amazing too.

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  4. Love the final version - the red at the top makes the scallop edge stand out and echos the gorgeous red heart. Fabulous intense color on the cork!

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  5. gorgeous! the heart looks 3-d...is the crayon that shiny or did you add some glossy accents? love!

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    1. Thanks : ) Nope, that's JUST the wax crayon, isn't that crazy? I used pink and white for the shiny highlights. They're the cheap version of Inktense ... $14 for 24 crayons.

      Here's a link:
      http://www.michaels.com/Reeves-Fine-Water-Soluble-Wax-Pastels-Set-of-24/fa1087,default,pd.html

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  6. Such a cool card! Love the dimension from the coloring, and love that you can stitch on cork!

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  7. Of course Kelly the scientist in you always comes into play :) and guess what ur experiments are always successful :) love it

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  8. thanks for the link--have to try them!

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  9. Wow, Kelly, so cool ... the colour's so intense the heart looks all dimensional ... yum! Anita :)

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  10. Funny how we work and work on a design - not knowing quite what it is we want until we get there! Your heart looks like it's puffy with those colors !

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  11. This is very cool. Who knew you could do so much with cork. And, now that I have a piece all cut into, I may just try this trick, too.

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  12. Love the evolution of this card, and the colouring on the cork is so vivid! Pleased to see you still have your class learnings echoing in your ears after all this time. *wink* This is such a great exploration of technique, colour and design. I. Love. It.

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  13. Kelly - I love your work! I found you through the latest issue of Paper Crafts mag. Totally love the silhouette cards!

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  14. Fabulous and gorgeous card, Kelly!

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  15. Such a unique card and yet you make everything look so effortless!
    Bravo Kelly!

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  16. Well you live and learn !!!! Never thought about stitching or colouring cork it looks amazing the vividness or the crayons is just stunning, clever you.

    Marie

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  17. I love your experiments! So unique and gorgeous!

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  18. What an awe-mazing time I have had scrolling through your creations and catching up with you, Kelly! You are the Queen of alternative card design and I'm sure I'm not the only one who admires your skill with using nontraditional materials for your works of art! I also have to say that the Halloween cards were adorable!! Hugs, Darnell

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  19. Fabulous card. Super fun idea with the stitching AND crayon coloring on cork, Kelly! Who knew, eh?

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  20. Looks great! Love the close up of the cork! Love the design too!

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  21. Hey Kelly! Thanks for linking this up to the Metal, Cork, & Wood Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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  22. Hey Kelly! Thanks also for linking this up to the Color Media Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun there as well! :)

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  23. These are fabulous, I looooove how your mind works, sooooo creativly, thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful Halloween..

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly