Thursday, December 28, 2023

Torn Edges - Group of Seven

Hi everyone.  This month the Group of Seven are highlighting another Design Element - Torn Edges.  There are so many ways you can add a torn edge to your card designs.  

Please check out the details for the technique and link to videos on the blog, as well as many wonderful inspiration cards from members of the Group.

The card above uses Poppies Background from Simon Says Stamp.  I LOVE the large flowers that are so much fun to watercolour.  I stamped the image in black ink and heat embossed with clear before watercolouring with my favourite colour combo of distress inks:  Saltwater Taffy and Abandoned Coral.  This card makes me so happy. :)

The vellum banner has a torn edge, which adds something special to the design, as well as not covering up the background.  It's a win/win. :) 

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The next card shows how using a torn edge for masking can create added dimension, while keeping the card one layer.
A torn mask was added to the top and bottom of the card and then sponged over top with distress inks: Salvaged Patina, then a small border of Mowed Lawn near the edges, and then more Salvaged Patina on top, leaving the center area without sponging.  This created varying colours for my background.  The masks were removed.

The Slimline Gentle Leaves stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) was placed over the sponged area.  More distress inks (Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness) were sponged over the stencil using detail sponges bought from AliExpress.  They were really inexpensive but they are so great at getting into small areas. :)  A sentiment was stamped in more Rustic Wilderness ink to finish the card.

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Sending the above card to Stencil Fun December Challenge.

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I used mixed media paper to stencil (Winter Snowflake Lace - retired) using Salvaged Patina distress ink.  The stenciled panel was torn on an angle at about half way down the card front, then the ends were cut off a bit to create open space when I added the two pieces to the top and bottom of my card base.

Snowy (Penny Black) is stamped, heat embossed and watercoloured using Weathered Wood and Mowed Lawn distress inks.  I used a tiny bit of red chalk for his rosy cheeks before die-cutting using the matching die (Frosty's snow - Penny Black).  Sentiment (Christmas Sentiments - Penny Black) is stamped in black ink to finish the card.

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There's a linky party at Group of Seven Cardmakers blog if you'd like to play along this month.  Hope to see your torn edge cards in the gallery!

Before I go, I'm sharing Jessie's Christmas portrait taken by my SIL, Alex.  This was taken at their place just after Alex gave Jessie a "spa day". :)  Thanks again Alex!!

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Card #1:
Stamps:  Poppies Background (Simon Says Stamp); 
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.); Vellum
Ink:   Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Saltwater Taffy, Abandoned Coral, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Black Soot (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour brushes, Permanent Fine tip Black Marker (Sharpie)

Card #2:
Stamps:  Everyday Script Sentiments (AliExpress)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Salvaged Patina, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Slimline Gentle Leaves stencil (The Crafter's Workshop); Torn Masks, Sponge Brushes

Card #3:
Stamps:  Snowy (Penny Black); Christmas Sentiments (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Distress Inks:  Salvaged Patina, Mowed Lawn, Weathered Wood (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Winter Snowflake lace stencil (Memory Box - retired); Sponge Brushes, Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, watercolour brushes, red chalk, White Acrylic paint pen (Posca)


Julia Aston said...

Three wonderful ways to use a torn edge Loll - My favorite is the torn vellum over your gorgeously colored poppies! Julia xx

I Card Everyone said...

I'm in love with this poppy panel, Loll! So pretty in your favorite colors - I'm so glad the vellum allows them to shine through this really amazing torn-edged sentiment strip!
And there's my fave snow dude again - am I the ONLY one that doesn't have him?? I sure wish we could convince PB to rerelease him in a clear stamp set!

BożenA said...

Three beautiful cards with torn edges. I especially love the card with the poppies. They are so airy, as if illuminated by the sun's rays. Incredible!

nancy littrell said...

I Love all Three of your beautiful torn edged cards, Lolly...But the Poppies were my favorite. I need to add the bg stamp to my collection...You are right, the poppies are so beautiful watercolored. Adding the sentiment on a torn edge piece of vellum made your card Magical, my friend. I love how you created 3 cards with 3 different torn edge techniques too. TFS and always inspiring all your many friends and followers:-)

Happy Creative New Year Lolly to you and your wonderful family and beautiful, adorable Jessie. Alex's photo is especially beautiful after Alex's Spa Day:-) Love and Hugs..Nancy

JoAnn said...

Beautiful cards. I can see the poppy card makes you happy, it is beautiful with your lovely watercoloring. Love the Snowy card too. He always makes me happy.

Christine Alexander said...

Three wonderful cards Loll, the torn velum looks gorgeous. I have to try the stencil over the torn edge blending :)
Great pic of Jessie ♥

Linda said...

WOW! Three amazing cards. I love, love, love the poppy card. Gorgeous large flowers, beautifully coloured, and the torn vellum looks perfect. The stencilled leaves look fab, great way of using the torn edges. And last but not least, Snowy looks so cute! Again, great use of the torn edges. Lovely photo of Jessie too, she's adorable. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Such a beautiful trio of cards using the technique Loll - beautiful work as ever.
Jessie looks amazing - and so innocent :)

TK said...

Terrific uses of your torn edges, each card is as special as the next! I must use this technique more -- thanks for bringing it back into our sphere

Julie B said...

I just love the poppy card, that background stamp is fantastic. The torn vellum sentiment adds without distraction, fab. Your two other designs look equally fab and who doesn't love Snowy?! Hope you have a great Christmas with family. :)

Darlene said...

WOW! These are all just beautiful! Your cards are always such an inspiration ... YOU GO GIRL!!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our STENCIL FUN challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth,Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B

Marcia Hill said...

All 3 of your cards are beautiful Loll, but I'm especially in LOVE with your 1st's FABULOUS!! I love the image and soft colors and the torn vellum sentiment strip is the perfect addition!! And of course Snowy always makes me smile...such a cutie! Such an easy way to add interest to a card by tearing edges, but I so often forget to do it...thanks for the reminder! And Jessie's Christmas photo is beautiful...give her a hug for me! :0)

Lisa Elton said...

Oh those poppies are fabulous! Three wonderful cards, Loll and a terrific photo of your Jessie!

Bobby said...

Poppies make me happy too, Loll, and you did a beautiful job of coloring them. Tearing the vellum for a sentiment strip gives a more artsy feel to your card. I love the way you used it as a mask. I'd better try that right now so I remember it.

Leslie Miller said...

Loll, your poppies are breathtaking! I also love the blend of Saltwater Taffy and Abandoned Coral. Subtle and perfect. The vellum is always a good way to add a special touch and a sentiment without too much cover up. Now, your second card is very special to me as it is in my collection right now. Such a beautiful thing and a perfect example of how less is more. Gentle and soothing. Of course, I love Snowy, too. There's something so endearing about him. Such a delicate and lovely snowflake background. I like how the edges fade away. Finally, a most beautiful pic of your beloved Jessie. Look at the curls and fluff! She's such a pretty girl. Thank you for sharing all this beauty today, and happy new year!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love the three ways you used the torn edges, Loll - I think my fave is the leafy one. Awww - sweet Jessie all fluffed up! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!!

HilaryJane said...

You are making me wonder why I never use torn paper on my cards. These are all fantastic. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for the photo of Jessie. Doesn't she look lovely and fluffy after her spa day xx

Susan said...

Three wonderful examples of torn edge techniques! I love the torn vellum for the sentiment over the first one - the soft pink flowers are beautiful. The combination of masking and stencilling on the second one makes for a perfect CAS card with a lot of interest. Love your idea of splitting the snowflake stencilled panel in two - it adds so much to the card. I'm glad we revisited torn edge techniques as I tend to forget about them.

Ina G said...

Three stunning cards Loll but I have been swooning over the beautiful blending of colour on that first card. Truly breathtaking. I do love the adding of torn vellum. Makes a big difference and a little creative. Hope you have a happy New Year and look forward to seeing so much more of your creativeness in the New Year.
PS A beautiful photo of Jessie. So adorable and so loving!

Pat said...

What fabulous cards Loll, and the torn edges as an element on each card really makes an impact. The beautifully watercoloured poppies are enhanced by the torn vellum for the sentiment which leaves them clearly visible, and then the wonderful dimension to the pretty stencilled leaves with the blue and green blended inky background, and with added interest with the masked torn edges, and lastly sweet little Snowy, one of my PB favourites with the super stencilled snowflake background, and he bridges the gap between the two edges perfectly. x

Pat said...

Sorry, I forgot to say what a lovely photo of Jessie looking beautiful after her pampering cute! x

Viv said...

Gorgeous Loll!
Have missed so much the last few weeks - M-I-L been very unwell so am hoping that things calm down a bit here.
Lovely pic of the cute Jessie too.
Happy New Year to you my friend. x

Brenda in IN said...

All three are wonderful examples of the torn paper. The vellum is a great choice to add the greeting and not lose any of the beautiful watercoloring on the poppies. That is a stunning card. The branch is so pretty stenciled over your background between the torn edges. Adding the torn paper with the design already there is a terrific idea for the snowy card.

Bonnie said...

Three beautiful ways to show the versatility of torn edges, Lolly! Love those pink flowers, the irregular edge of the stenciled background for this beautiful branch and the torn edges highlighting Snowy! Jessie looks so fluffy and sweet! Happy New Year, my dear friend.

Sarn said...

Beautiful inspiration on this gorgeous trio of cards Loll.

Hilary Jane told me about this challenge, so I came over to play!

Happy New Year to you xxx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Such wonderful and unique examples of this technique!

Trina P. said...

A beautiful trio showcasing different ways to incorporate torn edge. My favourite is the first poppy background one.

Robyn Oliver said...

Wonderful... a lovely set of cards Loll with this cool technique... I do love the floral with the vellum - that's a fab stamp.. hugs Robyn