Sunday, 13 October 2013

I Don't Make Cards, I Don't....... OK, So I Knitted a Card!

We all love to receive a special card and I am very fortunate to have a sister who makes me the most wonderful cards -  most of which I frame to keep on permanent display.

Through my sister's talent I have recently become a member of the OSAAT Team and now every day I have the excitement of enjoying a 'bagful' of special cards. I cannot begin to tell you how much pleasure I have in seeing all the amazing talent displayed by the OSAAT Design Team and all our Challenge Entrants and the joy it brings me to be able to post a little comment on all the blogs. I think you card crafters are quite simply awesome and so generous is sharing your creations.

I wanted to show my appreciation to you all in some way and eventually decided to make a card using my favourite craft - Knitting. I received permission from Coosty Creations to use her  'Retro Flower' digital stamp pack and convert it from the original format to one I could use for my creation.

My first challenge was to convert the digital image to a knitting pattern in my knitting programe (my equivalent of photo editing programs). That done I knitted the image as an intarsia panel - that was the easy bit. Once finished it looked OK but not very 'card like' so I donned my thinking cap and considered some of the skills card crafters employ - ahhh, decoupage adds lovely depth and yes, with some trial and error I eventually 'decoupaged' the flower by knitting an outer circle and then two flowers which I layered together.

I knew I wanted to add some 'sparkle' so beaded the central vein of each leaf, gave the flower an orange gem centre and sewed three purple and pink gems to the top left and right bottom corners. A few mini hot gem crystals were attached just to 'lift the yarn' as it catches the light from different angles.

                                                               Front of My Card
Using 'Retro Flower Digital Stamp and Paper Pack' by Coosty Creations and available from the StitchyBear Digital Outlet. Please note, special permission was given by Coosty Creations to alter and use the image in this way.

Having made my front panel a measure of procrastination did set in because I think it is so beautiful to have the inside of the card decorated with as much care as the front..... Mmmm, that did need some paper crafting .... tomorrow's job. And we all know that tomorrow never comes. I have stashes of yarn, beads, and fabric craft notions which would compare favourably with many of your craft room supplies, but I don't have the tools for paper crafting - and I'm known for not being able to place one piece of paper straight on top of another despite the most careful and laborious measuring. I did eventually have my lightbulb moment and realized that actually the beautiful digital paper in the pack would probably distract from my 'cack-handedness' and took the plunge. I'll leave you to judge any little measure of success for yourselves.

                                                                     and the inside!!

I hope this card brings you a little bit of the pleasure I receive from enjoying all your skills. Thank you.. Oh, and who better to give it to than a lady who has decorated my walls with her most thoughtful works of art.  It's ready for the post after I've checked whether any crafting supplies could be sent with it.

Wishing you a very creative day.

Ingrid xxx

I am entering my card into the following challenges:-
My card won at 
 Jo's Scrap Shack