Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Harlequin Hospitality

Our Sunday school class had an after Christmas party which was so much fun! The host and hostess had a wonderful home decorated in strong warm colors which I loved! The dining room was deep red and the chairs had ivory seat cushions with a black damask pattern. The adjoining living room had warm gold walls. She also had a lot of black wrought iron... So I guess you could say her home was the "trigger" that inspired this thank you card!
Thanks for your Hospitality
The base is a black 5" x 6.5" card. I stamped the damask image (Papertrey Ink - Damask Designs) by first inking the stamp with Versamark, then with black dye ink (Memento - Tuxedo Black). I heat embossed it with clear detail powder (Ranger). I used the same technique to stamp the sentiment (Papertrey Ink - Home Made). I then stamped a harlequin diamond image (Stampers Anonymous) in red dye ink (Marvy - Crimson Lake) on ochre cardstock (Stampin' Up! - More Mustard). I did not have any cardstock in the red I wanted, so I used the Crimson Lake ink pad in a direct-to-paper technique on another piece of More Mustard cardstock, which I used under my harlequin zig-zag edged piece and at the border-punched bottom edge (Fiskars). This way it perfectly matched the stamped image.

After that, I took a scrap piece of cardstock and assembled all my pieces on it. I cut up my stamped diamond piece to create a zig-zag edge, and trimed another small strip so I would have a row of triangles. I sewed a straight-stitch around the edge, then zig-zag stitched between the pieces. I LOVE this look! I finally broke down and bought a Janome Sew-Mini at Hancock Fabrics and love the texture it adds to the card!

I punched a slot (Stampin' Up!) in the focal point piece, then cut a slit in the fold of the card base so I could wrap the ribbon all the way around the front of the card. I then tied a knot and trimmed the ends of the gorgeous gold 7/8" double-faced satin ribbon (Hobby Lobby).

I am so happy with how this card turned out that I don't want to give it away! But I will, I sure hope they love it. Do you have any cards you have been unable to give to the person for whom you made them? Please leave me a comment and let me know!


  1. Hi! I saw your card/link on split coast stampers. Can you take a picture of the inside of your card (if there's anything in it)? I always have such a hard time trying to figure out what to put in there (if there isn't a lot for me to say in my own words). I'd love to hear any suggestions! Thanks! Brie

  2. I always like to wrap my ribbon around the whole card front, as this brings some of the outside in! I cut a slit with an Xacto knife on the spine of the card to allow the ribbon to pass through.
    I stamped "Many Thanks" on the right side in white pigment ink, and clear embossed it. I put another strip of my harlequin diamond stamped paper, cut small to be a row of triangles (just like near the bottom of the front panel) underneath the stamped sentiment. I often put scraps leftover from the card front on the inside!
    Then I wrote my note underneath with a white gel pen.

  3. This is so pretty! Love the pop of the black damask image! :)


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