January 28, 2012

Amour C'est Magnifique!

Amour c'est magnifique!  Here is a card that can be used at any time of year and not just Valentine's. All the stamped images are from the Paris Exposition stamp set. I love all the images on this set, especially the hot air balloons, which I have turned into a floating heart on this card. I had a super time dressing up Madame.  She is wearing a  vintage, zebra printed, mink stole with a diamond brooch brad. She has the perfect shaped head for millinery, so she had to have this black burlap cloche, because it donned a huge grosgrain rose. Even Coco would approve!

The balloons were stamped on transparency with StazOn and colored in with permanent marker. The Eiffel Tower is stamped with Distress Ink and crackled over, along with the Amour. All the background images on the craft paper are Distress Ink stamped and heat embossed with clear UTEE, which the picture is not showing at all. Watercolor pencils were used on Madame and the sky, and all of Madame's make-up was done with Glaze Pens, as well as her gorgeous blue eyes. Distress Ink borders all of the cardstock. I created the rose by tying lose knots in the ribbon and gathering it into a circle, finally adhering it at the bottom.

I hope you experience some joie de vivre in your crafting today!

Anita Houston, Guest Designer


Yvonne Garner said...

This is an unforgettable card! I absolutely love how you dressed Madame! Bravo, Anita! Yvonne

anna christensen crafts said...

'Houston, We have lift off!'

Stunningly vintage, Balloon hearts? genius! beautiful images, but coupled with such a strong contemporary colour scheme = Perfect! Anna xx

Robyn Phelan Sharp said...

Love it!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

You are SO creative, Anita! Love Madame and really love the red heart balloons!

Ally White Cat said...

Anita this is so magnificent.Looks like we both are in the mood for Paris.Wonderful piece. Do you have one for sale?

susan s.