With web translation abilities, there is a world full of creative blogs is at our fingertips. I found an exciting, relatively new blog in Russia called, ‘Vintage Café Card Challenge’. If you click on the name, it will take you to an english translation of the site. Their current challenge is about creating a card, inspired by a formal ball. A waltzing, swirling, romantic and formal ball!! I have one set of great grandparents who came from Vienna Austria and perhaps they went to balls. It brings all sorts of elegant images to mind~ men in tails, women adorned in beautiful fabrics, gloves and fans, people dancing in unison inside elegant ballrooms… sigh… The image that kept coming to mind was an ornate fan. Something very elegant and adorned with feathers! I must have seen one years ago and while my memory for words is if-ey at best, my visual memory is intact. The only problem is that I don’t remember where most images in my mind came from!
I decided to work with periwinkle. It’s a color I really enjoy yet rarely use. If I were choosing a color for a ball gown, it would definitely be in the running! Enough of my chatting! here’s my card…
Each scrolled motif was die cut with a favorite tag that you’ve seen in some other cards and projects that I’ve created. This time, I traced around the outside edge of the die and extended two line, converging at a rounded point, to create the single panels of this fan. I used another die to cut an oval from patterned paper, each oval holding a different portion of the design and edged with a thin line of gold glitter. Pearls accent the motifs and a satin and organza ribbon holds a bunch of lightly colored flowers. They are actually cream colored cherry blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts. I added just a touch of color with my Copic markers. WOC’s is hosting an ‘anything goes’ challenge this week, so this will be entered there as well.
The inside of the card is half a circle, scored down the middle and covered with an elegant damask paper. The feathers, which were tucked in between the panels, are visible from both sides. Some half pearls were used on the backs as well as the fronts, to give a more finished look. I used a die cut flourish to bring attention to the dancing couple. If they look familiar, they were cut from a copy of Renoir’s ‘Dance in the City’, painted in 1883. I took some liberty in coloring highlights onto the woman’s all white gown…
How very romantic, to think about a time when there were balls to attend! I didn’t add a sentiment because I thought about this card being suitable for anything from an anniversary, engagement, love, thank you or wedding. It is quick and easy to personalize it when needed.
Dream some lovely dreams tonight~ something wonderful, like a ball, or sitting with a loved one, or as wonderful as listening to the birds! While the world of balls must have been wonderful, I don’t think I’ve missed anything truly important. I’ll take my loved ones and mother nature over a ball, any day! Thanks so much for stopping by!
|Patterned papers||blue pansy 6×6||Pion Designs|
|blue damask||K & Co.|
|Dies||fancy tags 2||Spellbinders|
|Dye ink||camomille||Papertrey Ink|
|Pearls||half pearls||Melissa Frances|
|Flowers||cherry blossoms||Wild Orchid Crafts|
|Ribbon||organza & satin||Wright’s|