"So, resolutely turning back upon the house, she set out once more down the path, determined to keep straight on till she got to the hill. For a few minutes all went on well, and she was just saying, `I really shall do it this time -- ' when the path gave a sudden twist and shook itself (as she described it afterwards), and the next moment she found herself actually walking in at the door..."
I have one more week to participate as a player in the challenges as I don't start my spot as the Oh, Alice! June guest designer until the 5th. The challenge this week is to include SWIRLS I immediately thought of the illustration at the end of Alice in Wonderland, where she tells the members of the court that they're nothing but a pack of cards, and they start swirling all around her! I am also using Sketch 66 from the Card Patterns challenge blog.
I Like Markers blog from the Queen of Copics herself, Marianne Walker!)
I cut out my image, embossed the edges and matted it with a dark red, and just for fun put it on a rectangle of graph paper (from the office supply store) after edging it in blue. The graph paper was originally a much larger layer to match the sketch, but I wanted more of the kraft showing so I cut it down! I used a texture plate to dry emboss swirls into the kraft cardstock, then used a sponge dauber to brush white pigment ink across the raised swirls and around the edges.
I attached the red card back to the front behind the punched fold. I like this technique as it means there is not an extra layer on the front (no extra postage), and it reminds me of the look of a book binding - most suitable for an Alice card!
To fit with the sketch, I stamped "Curiouser and curiouser" with navy ink on white, and trimmed it with a notch at the left end. I pierced it three times and attached the silver brads BEFORE I attached it to the card, so the brad backs don't show on the inside. (I almost got that part wrong, can't you tell?) I die-cut some white flourishes - SWIRLS, I meant swirls!! - and tucked the ends in under the banner, after coloring them with Copics to match Alice's dress. A red ginham ribbon tied in a bow and it was done!
I hope you enjoyed this Alice in Wonderland card, and I would love to hear from you - your comments really make my day! My next Alice project will be as June guest designer on the Oh, Alice! challenge blog. I gotta warn ya, I've got something special cooked up for my debut, so be sure to check back on Saturday!!!
Stamps: Digital Alice image; Stamp Francisco - "Curiouser" sentiment.
Paper: Papertrey Ink - Kraft, Pure Poppy.
Ink: Memento - Paris Dusk; Colorbox - White pigment; Copic Markers.
Embellishments: Ribbon; Quickutz - Flourish die; Spare Parts - Silver mini-brads.
Tools: Stampin' Up! - Swirls Texturz Plate; Fiskars - Apron Lace border punch.