Friday, November 22, 2013

Wedding Hearts

Black, white and red weddings never seem to go out of style.

When I was in my 20s, I was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding, and these were her colors.  The bridesmaids wore custom-made (by the bride herself) short red satin dresses, with big, wide-brimmed black hats, black stockings, black shoes and long black gloves.  Definitely the most dramatic wedding I've ever been in!

You know how there are so many shades of black?  Well, you can see several here on this one card.  Not a good match, now that I see it in a photo.  There are mini rhinestones around the Inspired By Stamping Fancy Circle frame and Verve Best Wishes sentiment.

Version 2:   I like the satin ribbon much better, but the glitter on this heart is less red, more toned down.

Hard to see, but there are silver Liquid Pearls around this framed sentiment.

Answer to a question asked by reader Paulette Manion:
Paulette asked how I get my Liquid Pearls formed in a very rounded way, instead of tipped like the frosting on a cupcake.  I am ashamed to say I do not know how to put into words my 'technique', which has a lot to do with the pressure of squeezing on the bottle, and knowing when to pull the bottle away from the paper.  Instead, I found this excerpt from a blog that may help answer the question:
Working with Liquid Pearls
Always make Liquid Pearls the last step in your projects because of the long drying time (at least 1-2 hours, more if you apply it thickly). I can’t tell you how many projects I have ruined due to impatience.
Liquid Pearls has a tendency to apply to paper in a pointy cone shape when you separate the product from the applicator tip. To prevent the pointy look of the Liquid Pearls when it flows from the nozzle, apply then gently flick the back of the paper until the Liquid Pearls is rounded. Try this on copy paper first as you need the right pressure. Make sure to hold the paper evenly as well; if it is tilted the Liquid Pearls will move in the direction of tilt.
Control the size of the dot/thickness of your line by squeezing the bottle: the more you squeeze the greater the flow. Always start on copy paper – sometimes a thick glob of the Liquid Pearls comes out at first. To avoid my bonehead move that I do ALL THE TIME, throw away that darn copy paper or cover it with another sheet of paper. I always end up ruining the back of my card by placing it on copy paper that has the slow to dry Liquid Pearls on it. @$*&(*% AHHH every time!
A final tip to remember is that the applicator tip can become clogged. This is easily fixed by inserting a pin down the tip carefully and wiggling it around (not too much as you can stretch/tear the tip easily). Usually I can just pull the dried Liquid Pearls straight out of the tip with my fingers – it has an elastic quality that holds together when you pull it out.
I hope this helps!

Stamps: Best Wishes - Verve; Fancy Circles - Inspired By Stamping Paper: (stripe) Harper's Boutique - The Paper Studio; (damask) Best of Damask - My Mind's Eye; white - PTI Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: sheer/stripe black ribbon - Offray; black satin ribbon - Michaels Accessories & Tools: Garnet glitter - Martha Stewart; dark red glitter - Creative Impressions; Heart to Heart punch - SU; silver Liquid Pearls - Ranger; pearls - Queen & Co.


Paperesse said...

Beautiful cards both, Colleen!

Jaya Raghuvanshi said...

This card is outstanding Colleen ... its beautiful and it
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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are gorgeous!! LOVING the bling and the hearts!! And loving that old bridesmaid photo of you!!!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card, love those hearts, very elegant. What a great photo, you look beautiful in the red dress. Indeed it was dramatic theme but fun. Have a wonderful weekend, Shirleyx

Marisa said...

Wow, that is quite the bridesmaid dress!! You look stunning in though :)

Gorgeous card. Love B & W and red cards and this one is a stunner.

Lisa Elton said...

You look so pretty in the dress and hat even if it was dramatic!! Pretty card too, love the sparkly heart!

Leslie Miller said...

What a great post with the pretty cards, pretty picture, and helpful info. You always do the best job with your Liquid Pearls. I do love them, but forget to use them. The photo of you in your 20's is awesome!

Benzi said...

Beautiful and so elegant are the cards. Thanks for the tip on the Liquid Pearls. I never remember to use mine....maybe now I can think of them.

Look at you in that wide-brimmed hat. You look very pretty.

Vicki Dutcher said...

You do wedding cards beautifully - and you are correct BW & R are totally classic~ said...

How elegant!! Love the splash of red! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Shirley said...

I have to say that cameras are so sensitive to light and I think that causes the problem sometimes. I think your card is elegant and beyond. I saw the rhinestones and I think the colors are awesome...and that's just my 2 cents - as that pesky Lion in the Food Lion com. says.

walchowDesign said...

Love the combination of the stripe with the damask stamps - simply elegant, Colleen!

nwilliams6 said...

Beautiful cards Colleen! Great hearts, ribbon, papers - so romantic. Your picture is awesome - what a great memory and you are gorgeous! Super tip on the liquid pearls - my eyesight is so bad I never noticed my pearls had cone shapes! I guess it is good I take my pictures from super far away - LOL! Hugz!

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