Patina Celebration and a Hop

Hi friends!  Happy Saturday!  The Divas are hopping today with our July Release Retrospective Hop.  It's a chance to share another little look at our new stamps now that you've had a little time to order them and get them in your hands.  I'm the start of the hop, so let's get started!  As usual there's a $40 gift voucher to Verve for a lucky commenter, so be sure to give a shout out to the girls as you hop along.  And don't forget to head on over to the Verve Blog today for all the details and to see how you could win our entire next release!

I've been loving the look of patina lately, and wanted to try recreating the look with a new to me embossing folder I picked up at Jo-Anns.   So that's where the inspiration for the card started... that and the fact Verve is turning 7 on August 1 and I thought it would be fun to make a Verve-y celebration card.


I wanted my background to have lots of texture, so I decided to glue some old pieces of a sewing pattern to cream cardstock.  Next I scraped a layer of white gesso over the panel with an old gift card.  I didn't want a completely white background, though, so I spritzed it all with water and dabbed off some so that it was still coated, but more transparent.  I zapped it with a heat gun to dry.



Next I pulled out the henna embossing folder and coated the side that would be touching the front of the panel with peacock feathers distress ink and then ran it through my BigShot.  I passed it through three times because I wanted to make sure I got a great impression through all the layers and texture I'd already added. Unfortunately, my camera died at this portion of the card and I don't have any photos of the rest of the process.

Once I pulled out my embossed panel, I sponged evergreen bough over the uninked parts.  That was a little lighter than I was looking for, so I pulled out forest moss and applied over the same area.  Next I came back in with walnut stain around the edges and swirled here and there for effect.  I finished off with just a hint of antique bronze distress stain.  Although by this point in the card you can't see too much of the original sewing pattern peeking through, the wrinkles the tissue makes on the paper add so much texture and depth, almost like a crackle effect.  Love the way it turned out!

Next I started on the flowers.  I stamped the flower from Happy Place four times in coffee archival ink and then used distress markers in coordinating colors and a waterbrush to color the flowers.  I cut two out completely and then two have just the center portions cut out, so I could pop them up for some dimension.  I sponged around the edges of all of them with walnut stain distress ink and accented with sequins from a new sequin collection coming to Verve in August.  The sentiment is from Moments Remembered and stamped onto a piece of vellum in archival ink.  Then I sponged distress inks in the three color I was using on the back of the vellum and around the edges.  I tucked this pennant behind the flowers and then cut some Sprightly Sprigs from always artichoke, sponged with the varying inks and then arranged behind the flowers.  I finished off with some more new sequins and a few distressed edges.

Alrighty, that's all from me.  Hop on over to Stacey's blog to see what eye candy she has in store for you!

1. Julee10. Jen
2. Stacey11. Sheri {Guest}
3. Maureen 12. Andrea
4. Chaitali 13. Amber
5. Marisa 14. Christyne
6. Teresa 15. Sarah
7. Kay {Guest} 16. Anya
8. Janelle 17. Betty
9. Charmaine
ETA:  Laurie wasn't able to post today due to an injury.

And just a little reminder about my birthday weekend discount:

Enabler's List
Stamps: Happy PlaceMoments Remembered (Verve Stamps)
Paper: always artichoke, early espresso, vellum (SU!), sewing pattern, cream
Ink: coffee archival, peacock feathers, evergreen bough, forest moss, walnut stain distress inks, antique bronze distress stain (Ranger)
Accessories: Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), sequins (Verve), paper distresser, Henna embossing folder (Darice)

49 comments

  1. Love the distressed background you created with the pattern paper, gesso and distress inks, Julee! Very nice card.

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  2. WOW! All those techniques and products have made for one beautiful card! The feeling is dark and warm and I love it.

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  3. Wowzers! This is amazing! So much love poured into your stunning card. Happy 7th Birthday!

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  4. Beautifully done. I like the dress pattern paper you used. The patina turned out so well.

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  5. You have loads of patience and skill! Love the patina look!!

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  6. Beautiful! I love the patina effect!

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  7. What a beautiful card! Love the turquoise and the flower...

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  8. Wow I love your card the patina you've used on it is so pretty and love how you did the flowers so sweet :) hugs Nikki

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  9. I, too, love patina. This card is beautiful!

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  10. This is just beautiful Julee. I will have to look up this technique and give it a try. I look the look!

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  11. Great Hop will have to come back and see if Laurie is up loved looking at everything everyone made :)

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  12. Wow that Patina look is amazing...just love the cluster of flowers.

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  13. What gorgeous inking and coloring. Fabulous job.

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  14. Beautiful card!! Love how you used the "Verve Blue" as your main color!!

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  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Your card is GORGEOUS. LOVE your colors. Love how well that folder goes with this release. I must search for it so I can play when my Happy Place set arrives. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  17. Loving the look the colors and the distressing .

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  18. Great technique, can't wait to try it.

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  19. WOW! Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    *Crafting With Creative M*

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  20. This is beautiful! I absolutely LOVE Verve stamps. Thanks for the blog hop.
    Karen
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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  21. Exquisite card - love the background.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  22. Wow - gorgeous card! Beautiful background - sorry your camera died so you couldn't finish the pictures.
    I love the placement of your groups of sequins.

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  23. Beautiful card. Love the vintage, antique look. The colors are so pretty.

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  24. Great idea for texture... I have tons of old patterns!

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  25. This is gorgeous, Julee! Love that you explained your steps in achieving this beautiful patina! Hugs...

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  26. Wow! What a beauty this is Julee! Such a neat technique and a stunning card!

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  27. Great card! I love the grungy distressed look!

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  28. Such a beautiful card, love how u used the sewing paper and added gesso for texture etc.

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  29. Very cool idea for texture! Love it!

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  30. Oh my goodness... This is so beautiful and love the look of this and thank you for sharing the how to. Also, happy Birthday!

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  31. Wow! Super creative process and it turned out amazing! I love the Patina look!

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  32. This card is loaded with gorgeous textures! Love the dark colors too!

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  33. Wow...what a piece of art! Your total concept and colors came out beautiful. Love every aspect of this card!!!

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  34. This is an absolutely beautiful card!

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  35. Very pretty. I like the texture and the patina look.

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  36. I love the brown and teal patina, so very pretty! And you've added just enough texture to catch all the pretty color changes. Beautiful card!

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  37. Quite a different look for you, love the feel.
    Sue

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  38. Beautiful card! All the texture and soft coloring - just perfect!

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  39. Very beautiful! I really like your background.

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  40. Very nice! I really like the texture you achieved on the background!

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  41. Such a beautiful card! Love the patina look and the subdued colors!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  42. Julee, this is lovely! I can't believe that Verve is turning 7!

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  43. This is so beautiful! Great texture and depth!

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