I want to start this brand new week and brand new month with a card sample I made as far back as July for Oxford Impressions using stamps from the new release, Waiting For Mr Darcy.
Normally when I work on backgrounds I favour layers of stamping and paint, however a few months ago, all because of a scrap of pattern paper I have since enjoyed incorporating torn paper pieces along with paints, etc to create backgrounds. I have no idea why that scrap of pattern paper first caught my eye because I rarely use pattern paper, don’t get me wrong, there are so many beautiful papers on the market but I suppose when I did purchase papers (when I intended to delve into scrapbooking but never caught the bug) I found that I didn’t want to cut into them (yes Annie, that includes those lovely papers you gifted me for my birthday!) and also storage is a huge issue for me. The Anna Griffin papers I used for this background were amongst the papers I purchased back in the day when I thought I would become a scrapbooker. I am determined start using those papers.For the background I had this image of stately homes and grand mansions where the wealth has all but disappeared with families struggling to maintain the properties, closing off many of the rooms, reducing the home to a manageable size. Those rooms have tales to tell in their faded grandeur and romance – waterstained silks, wallpaper peeling from the walls with the fissures in the plaster cracking over the years. Imagine if those rooms could whisper their stories to you.
The pattern and colour of the Anna Griffin torn paper pieces peek through the layers of paint as does the scraps of book text, Pride and Prejudice of course. Some subtle stamping in the form of the beautiful damask stamp from Oxford Impressions’ French Script was randomly stamped.
Adding to the distressed feel, as well as the random stamping, I peeled back some of the paper.This stamp plate doesn’t merely comprise wonderful characters, there are also several wonderful quotations and also decorative elements such as this ornate corner stamp.Normally it would be at this stage where I would start to gather bits of this and that but I really didn’t want to go down that route, however as my eye caught a faux pearl I couldn’t help myself from adding it with a double bow.Thank You for visiting my first post of the week and for your visits to my Blog during the month of August.