Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Zip File

This card was inspired by two cards: the first one I saw was this one by Karen where she had inked washi tape and transferred the ink to the card, and I wanted to try the technique.  Then I saw this design team card by Shery for the STAMPlorations sketch, using faux stitching, and the idea for a card was born.

I can't bring myself to use washi tape as a tool rather than a decoration - if I can use masking tape in its place, I will.   Plus, I was hoping that the rougher texture of masking tape would give an impression of denim, and I was pleased with the result.  So I "stamped" two rows of masking (re-inking the masking tape for the second pass) then stamped the bold stitching to represent a zip.  I know zips have interlocking teeth, but just use your imagination.  And if you look closely you'll see single stitching down one edge of the denim, and double stitching down the other edge.  I stamped the Happy Birthday in matching ink, distressed the edges of the panel and tied some twine round it then mounted it onto the base card.  I like the mix of denim and twine - a bit rugged.  I may or may not have been influenced by the fact that I'm reading Pioneer Woman.

This card actually fits the current sketch at STAMPlorations - pop over and take a look, and I hope you'll join us.

I'm entering this into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes with Twine or String

and Seize The Birthday, this time without the toppings.

Stamps used:  (all STAMPlorations)
Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Squares (bold stitching)
Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Pentagons (fine stitching)
Vignette: Chevron and Arrows (sentiment)


  1. Design Delight! This is fabiola, Shirley! Very innovative and very well-executed to look prezackly like denim!! You are a wonder!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. Pioneer Woman definitely inspired you to create a fabulous creative project! The denim looks amazing! Like Darnell said...prezackly like the real stuff!

    Love the zipper and the lines of stitching!

    You are just so dang clever Shirley!!!

    Off on a bit of a vacation (a few days in Las Vegas) so will be MIA for a bit. Will catch up with you later :)

  3. This is a wonder card for me with all the amazing effects :)

  4. So clever Shirley, love the trendy look of this card

  5. Wonderful card Shirley, great idea.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  6. Oh, how clever Shirley! Your tape stamping really does look like denim!
    Thank you for joining us at Seize The Birthday. :)

  7. Ooh, Shirley ... clever, clever, clever ... reminds me of those jeans ads set in the laundromat! Cool! Anita :)

  8. Great card...love the zipper! Thanks so much for joining Seize the Birthday!