BIG CARDS – Queen of Clubs

I find it hard to believe that when I finish the Clubs, 2012 will be over!

I wasn’t sure what to do with this one.  I wanted to use Pearl-ex, and try en overall black-on-black embossing but wasn’t sure where to go with it.  What I did was first embossed the overall crackle pattern:

Then I was sort of stuck – where did I want to go from there?  I thought of a few things, some which may end up on future cards, but in the end just stamped over the crackle with Versamark and dusted the Pear-ex over it.

I wanted to try adding a frame and a gold crown, so I did, and the letters – those Es look weird to you? I only had one, so they are actually G’s trimmed and upside down!

The frame will ALWAYS annoy me – one serious issue with clear stamps is that they can easily distort.  I spent ages trying to get this frame square on the block, peeping thru it to my gridded mat, but n the end my eye still sees it as wonky. Say what you like about red rubber mounted stamps but that NEVER happens with them!

I actually did this early this morning, but was so darn busy all day long I just could not find the time to blog it!  I now have a few minutes respite and thought I’d better whack it on up or it would be tomorrow before I even thought of it again.