Sunday, 12 January 2014

For I, except you enthral me, never shall be free…

I don’t do a lot of just because crafting but my card today is exactly that and it features a beautiful image from Sureya called The Strapped Bride, which is available to colour as a freebie on DeviantART.

I was thinking to make this a Steampunk themed card hence the grungy kind of green wedding dress and lace, I was even going to use some pipe embellies but it didn’t quite work out that way.

I bought the paper from Kaisercraft yesterday from my LSS, which is sadly closing down.  It was just perfect for the image and the sketch I followed from Paperminutes.  To jazz it up even more I added Fran-tage to some of the roses on one of the papers.  I have the perfect black paper with a shiny raised print in black that I was going to mount the image on but I couldn’t find it among my stash.  So I made my own with some more Fran-tage, I love the effect so I think I’m going to use it again.

I added the bow element to echo the big bows on the image.  I’m loving my Bow-it-All for making perfect bows.  I also used some leather cord threaded through the lace picking up the straps from the image, I just didn’t have any buckles in my stash so had to go with a ribbon threader instead, which was silver so got covered in some Rub’nBuff.  I also added Rub’nBuff to the Freckled Fawn embellie I added to the centre of the bow as I wanted a gold centre but couldn’t find anything in my stash to suit.  The embellies were going to make this Steampunk but nothing I had in metal suited what turned out to be more grungy vintage.  Despite going off on a different tangent to what I planned I love how this turned out.

With my lovely big bow I’m entering this in the current 4 Crafty Chicks’ challenge.  I’m also entering this in the current Outlawz Paper Ala Mode challenge ‘fancy smancy’, I think with all my added embossed details, the gold trimmed ribbon, lace and bling it is a rather fancy card, even if I haven’t worked out what occasion I’d use it for!

Skin E50, E51, E53 (cheeks R02)
Eyes E23, E27, 0
Lips R24, R46
Hair E29, E31, E35, E37, E49
Outfit BG93, BG96, G85, G99, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Tattoo G05, G07, G09, R46, R59, R89
Chalks & Powders etc
Fran-tage Embossing Enamel – Aged Black, Aged Green & Aged Scarlet
Delish Ribbon Threader – Bistro Collection
Inks & Paints etc
Inkssentials Emboss It – Clear
Smooch Spritz – Mossy Mist
Tim Holtz Distress Ink –Shabby Shutters & Walnut Stain
VersaMarker – Watermark Pen
Wink of Stella – Clear, Gold & Silver
Kaisercraft Art of Life – Always & Everyday
Ribbons & Twine etc
Lace from LSS
Sullivans Flat Leather Thonging – Brown
Stampin’ Up! – You Are Loved (retired)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What an amazing artwork. Thanks for using the paperminutes-sketch. hugs

  2. You make bow making look so easy! I love your coloring on your image it is simply stunning. Thank you so much for sharing you lovely creation with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

  3. I agree with Tamie - what an amazing bow!! Gorgeous image - your coloring is phenomenal! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week.


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