Tonight I have a quilt card to share. I love quilts and quilt cards and all things sweet and home-y! I started by stamping the quilt background using Papertrey Ink's Bitty Background Blocks set. True confession: I am really bad at stamping patterned backgrounds freehand and getting them just right, but the perfectionist in me isn't happy with them if they look "wonky" when I finish. Before you wonder, no, it doesn't bother me when someone else creates a really random-looking background--it just bothers me to do it personally. I would probably look at someone else's and think, "That's quaint and homespun!" I'd look at my own and think, "That's ugly--must redo!"
So, if there are any other hopelessly deranged pickypants stampers out there, the next couple of pictures are for you. ;-)
I stamped over half a sheet of cardstock to make sure I had enough for one good panel. In a couple of blocks I should have stamped harder. That part doesn't really bother me though--worn quilts are plausible, right? The pencil lines are drawn parallel with 4" between them--just how much I would need to get a card front with a 1/16" mat to put on a 4-1/4" base.
After the 4" side was trimmed, it was time to trim down the 5-1/4" side. I used a centering ruler (Tim Holtz) so that I could center from one of the blocks. I measured 2-5/8" in both directions and penciled more lines in.
Ta-da! My non-wonky card front. It isn't perfect, but I can live with it. Next I used a Copic W1 marker to add some age to the edges of my squares. If you compare this imge with the one below it, you'll see where the quilt has aged. I used the template on the centering ruler to punch "stitches" around the blocks as well.
For the sentiment I used an older PTI set, Quilter's Sampler Sentiments, stamped inside a shape cut with a Spellbinders Paper Arts Grommet Tags die and matted with a Fancy Tags Two die cut--I really like these die cuts paired together. Buttons are PTI's Sweet Blush Vintage Buttons. That's about it--now you can see why it takes me so long to make a simple card! Thanks for visiting.