Sunday, June 15, 2008

Boho Pillow

Happy Father's Day everyone! I hope you all had as wonderful of a day as we did.

I know I should be posting a Father's Day card here, but to be completely honest for once I actually used a card from my stash that I stamped previously and already posted, so this pillow case card will have to do instead.

I do hope you like it. I certainly do, mostly because it kind of took on a life of its own after I chose the inspiration pillow. At first, I thought this would be a fairly simple challenge (a good thing, since my time to stamp today was somewhat limited). I grabbed my ruby red ink and my boho backgrounds set and stamped the medallion in the center of a square piece of so saffron card stock. Then I stamped the flower background in the corners. I know the corners in the inspiration pillow are a little it more solid and less airy, but the general idea is the same.

Once I had the main image stamped, I thought I would just add some mats, stamps a sentiment and be done. But the card didn't look right. And then I realized that what made the inspiration pillow so cool was not just the pattern and colors, it was the trim! I loved that really cool full dual colored fringe! But how to duplicate that look on a card using Stampin' Up! materials? I was in a pickle.

Then I remembered that you can actually fringe our grosgrain ribbon. The only problem is that when you fringe it the remaining fringe is white -- not exactly the trim I was looking for. But I remedied that fairly quickly using my awesome stampin' write markers. In a few minutes I had some great saffron and ruby red fringe to add to my "pillow". Now I could add my two mats and mount the main image to a really rust card front.

For the sentiment I decided to stick with the boho backgrounds set. I stamped the You Make me happy sentiment and added a flower on either side, then rounded the edges with the word window punch. To mirror the main image I added two mats of ruby red and so saffron and attached the matted sentiment to the card front. I should also note that the sentiment is actually attached to the mats with dimensionals and that the center flower of the medallion was also stamped a second time, punched with the boho blossoms punch and attached to the front with dimensionals. The added dimension just gives the card a little more oomph in real life.

So what do you think? Did I do a good job on this week's pillow CASE? And are you ready to head out there and do a pillow CASE of your own? I think if you try you might be surprised how easy it is to get inspiration from all the pillows out there! Good luck!