Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Scrap Quilt

Next week is my mother-in-law's birthday.  I made a card especially for her, thinking of her taste and style.  She loves quilts and objects that have a distressed patina.  I love to see what's "new" in her home, because she always has the most interesting things!

The card mimics a vintage, distressed quilt.  I chose some patterned papers from my scrap bin, in 1" strips.

I used a 1" square punch to get all my pieces a uniform size, then arranged them in a pleasing pattern.
They were glued down on an ivory square, then embossed with Sugar embossing folder by Sizzix. 


After embossing, I used a rectangular block nail file and gently sanded the raised areas.  The crocheted trim is from Mark's Finest Papers - so pretty!


The sentiment is from Stampin' Up!'s Vintage Labels, on a Spellbinders Lacy Square die cut.  I mounted that on a Scalloped Square punch.  Both were sponged with Antique Linen distress ink, and the ivory card base also has sponged edges.

I popped it in the mail this morning, and hope she likes it!

Thanks for joining me today.  :)

Colleen

Stamps:  Vintage Labels - SU
Paper:  cream - PTI; Rose Red, Basic Black - SU; patterned paper - retired SU
Ink:  Antique Linen distress - Ranger; Versafine black - Tsukineko
Punch:  1" square - Marvy; scalloped square - SU
Other:  crochet trim - Mark's Finest Papers; Big Shot; Lacy Square die cut - Spellbinders; pearls - Recollections; dimensionals; sponge; sanding block

30 comments:

Andrea Ewen said...

What a beautiful vintage quilt design! I love that mix of papers and the distressing really mutes the colors nicely. The crochet trim is the perfect accent. I'm sure your MIL will adore this!

lynn said...

i really love the embossing--it give your quilt such great texture, colleen:) she will love this!

Janeen said...

of course she will love it. you did a lot of piecing there and it's lovely. like the embossing on it.

Vicki Dutcher said...

She is going to love this! Nice placement and the added texture....fabulous!

Marisa said...

I'm sure she will love it :) Great mix of DPS and love the EF you used to add texture. Fabulously cone.

Anonymous said...

I love everything about your card. Beautiful. Pat K.

Linda Callahan said...

Love that sanded effect! Pretty card!

Bev J. said...

Very nice card and especially for someone who likes quilts-great job!

Ann Schach said...

I am sure she will love this gorgeous card! The sanding really accents the texture!

Anonymous said...

Pretty card and I am sure she will love it since you probably picked those colors for her! The sanding and embossing really gives it texture and character. Love the sentiment and that ribbon is the best! Great job! Thanks for sharing it with us and who it for.

Chris R. from Iowa

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHH! I love how you embossed and sanded!! What a gorgeous card--LOOOOOVE the papers and that lace! BEAUTIFULLY done:)

Bonnie said...

What a perfect card for a quilt lover! I love the effect of the sanding. It makes it look like a soft, well worn, snuggly quilt.

Benzi said...

Quilt cards are so fun to make and I'm just betting your MIL will love it. The embossing really added so much.

Jacqueline said...

I like youre scrap-quilt card. It's a beautty!

Greetings Jacqueline

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I don't think of embossing patterned paper, what a great idea to add more texture.

Stella said...

Well your MIL has the same talent as you...a perfect eye for gorgeous things.
Beauty within snippets and the design of your quilt card is fabulous. Love it; every single piece....and snippet :)
XX

Maria said...

A fabulous card, Colleen! Love the paper, embossed pattern, and distressed vintage look! And I cannot forget to mention the trim, which is divine! Happy birthday to your mother-in-law! Take care and have a great holiday weekend!!:-))

Emily Keaton said...

How beautiful, Colleen! That mix of colors makes this so cheery. Love how you "quilted" it with the embossing folder! That MFP trim is the perfect touch for this homespun card. I think your MIL will just adore this--how could she not???

Lisa said...

Don't worry about her liking it Colleen...she's going to LOVE it! I know I sure do! The embossing details and the touch of vintage trim is perfect!

~Tammy~ said...

This very much looks like a quilt! Your MIL will love this! Especially that you took the time to consider her taste! Love the embossed background!

E.T. said...

Looks fabulous! I can't even think of trying this. I would end up having all different square sizes! ooh light bulb moment! I got an idea! Thanks Colleen for he inspiration!

Jacqueline said...

Beautiful! Looks so effective embossed.

Janny said...

What a beautiful vintage card is this. I like it very match.
Janny

Faye said...

Colleen, this is a beautiful birthday card for your mil. In fact, it is an inspiration piece. I am going to see if I can dream up a quilted card, too.

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Love this Colleen! I have been wanting to try a quilt looking card but have been intimidated because I thought I had to sew it, & that was not working out for me. This is gorgeous and no sewing! Love the embossing and using the nail file too!

Joanne Leddy said...

A perfect card for a quilter. I like how you've distressed the squares after embossing them. She's going to love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda R. said...

I just love this.. The embossing and colors are wonderful.. It really does look like a quilt..

Hanne said...

Wow! This will be the perfect card for your mother-in-law! Beautiful pattern in lovely colors!
Thanks for your very sweet comment on my card! I really appreciated that!!!
Hugs Hanne

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

That is just so pretty. I love how you enhanced the embossing. Beautifully done.

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Shirley said...

I love what you did with the quilting and the card is awesome!!

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