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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Le Tour!

Oh how I love July! I get to spend my summer in France, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the French countryside, climbing steep mountains... all from the comfort of my living room as I watch the Tour de France! It starts today, yay!! Since I have Le Tour on the le brain, I decided to make a little card to celebrate...

I printed out a map of the Tour route I found on the web and distressed it by wadding it up and then inking it up. The yellow background panel is something I made as a class assignment - I'm taking the @ Home with Claudine Hellmuth online class! (It just started - if you want to join me you have until July 7 to sign up!)

To make this piece, I covered a piece of cardstock with gesso, and while it was still dry I wrote "ride" over and over with a toothpick. Once that dried, I painted it with some of Claudine's wonderful Studio Paint, then rubbed it off with a paper towel so that the words would have darker paint. I used the Eiffel Tower from the Hero Arts Paris set, stamping it in Distress ink and then heat setting. The "enjoy the ride" message was printed on the computer.

Ok time to get this posted so I can go plop down in front of the TV for the next couple hours. GO LANCE!!!

Happy stamping!

  • Stamps: Paris from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Black & white cardstock
  • Ink: Distress Ink in Vintage Photo & Tea Dye
  • Accessories: Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint (Dab of Yellow, Painterly Pink), Gesso, machine stitching, fleur-de-lis brad, ribbon (velvet scallop and sheer polka dot), image & message printed from computer


  1. Libby! Libby! Libby! You've gone and done it again. What an awesome card this is. I adore every single element. Your creativity is spellbinding. Your "Le TOur" card gets a blue ribbon. Hands down this is the very best I've seen anywhere since I don't know when.

  2. very awesome! i'm too lazy to get technique-y, but this is inspiring...very french, very le tour, very excellent

  3. WOW Libby! This Gorgeous!!

  4. The gesso etching was one of my fave techniques too! It was one of the first ones I recreated when I got home from CHA too :)

    Your card is BEAUTIFUL!!!

  5. WOWZA Libby! This is a real stunner. Absolutely gorgeous and I just love the gesso technique. ~chris

  6. Love the effect!! You did awesome with this technique! And the whole card is really a stunner! LOVE IT! Hope you enjoy your day!

  7. That is publishable! Great mix of elements here!

  8. WOW! this is truly a masterpiece, I love it Libby, loving all the detail, beautiful work, cannot wait to see more of your projects from your online class.

  9. I'm taking the class too. Even though I took a live class in VA. I love her products!
    I like how you used your sample in the card. You have a very unique style.

  10. Oh wow Libby, this looks amazing! I love the effect on the bg with the Eiffel Tower and the distressed map panel too! Gorgeous stitching too!

    Enjoy Le Tour (and Lance)!


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