I've always shied away from doing the 'real thing' but this time I thought I'd take the bull by the horns and get my machine out!
I stamped the birds with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then ran the card back and forth through the machine trying to make the effect of waves. This done I added a little colour with a few SU blue markers, adding the colour with a water brush. A touch of Glamour Dust to add a little twinkle to the water and that was it.
It did begin as a one layer, but a smudge of ink put paid to that idea. As it happens I think it's rather better that the backside of the sewing doesn't show inside the card now. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.
Here is a card made with some of my latest dies. Those for the holes and the flowers are from Simon Says Stamp, by Memory Box and the sentiment panel is from Spellbinders.
As this die has a series of holes around the edge, intended for creating an embossed notch effect, I decided to use this as a piercing guide to make faux stitching.
Once pierced, I drew in the 'stitches' with a Stampin' Up Marker.
The line of 'stitching' across the card above the holes, was pierced using a pokey tool with my Tim Holtz ruler and drawn in the same way.
More real stitching here, surrounding a torn fragment of card stamped with some Rubbernecker grass stamps and edged with a little silver ink. The butterfly was die cut with a Dienamics die in silver gauze.
This one isn't really CAS as there isn't much white space, but I made it this week and it does have some faux stitching on it so I thought you might like to see it.
I was playing around with a bunch of stamps and various green inks and it just kinda happened.
Here you can see the sentiment panel again but this time you can see the effect that the holes made when embossed, as is intended.
Following my holiday I had only put on half a pound over the three weeks, which I thought was pretty amazing, so I still have a few pounds to go to get to my target, but today I bought a couple of dresses in a size that I last wore about 30 years ago! Amazing!
Have a great weekend... tonight I shall be celebrating my friend's birthday with a group of friends, watching an open air performance of Much Ado About Nothing! Let's hope it's dry!