02 May, 2020

Rusalka inspired

After quite some time, here's a new project of mine, and by new I mean no recycling this time :)
Also, I decided to make a rather time consuming card, which I haven't done in a while. I'm not sure yet where it will end up eventually, but I can easily imagine it to be a birthday gift, an elegant masculine card, or maybe the crowning of a happy love story?
The prominent swirl is to introduce May's ATG theme at the Fadengrafik Challenge, I created it by using a pattern that I've pricked ages ago (ok, a little bit of recycling after all), sewing it with a metallic yarn and adding a couple of pearls in the end.
For the background, I used a shimmering paper with an irregular swirly pattern that came in a set of autumn/butterfly themed prints. 
However, this particular one reminds me of reflections on the water and as soon as I've seen it I thought I might use it in some Rusalka themed creation, but I never got to work. I actually glued the paper on the card base already (ok, more recycling here), but I lacked time, proper inspiration and else. 
Now, I thought about using it in combination with the shimmering swirl. What seems quite a contrast at first, to me looks like the spirit of Dvořák's cursed water nymph lamenting her faith by a secluded water source somewhere in the wild...
... Or maybe by a calm riverside with swans gently floating by?
A little contribution to the May collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.
A little contribution to the collection of hand-stitching at made with Blümchen.

krafty chicks: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
creative moments: ATG
kreativtanten: wedding with pearls/rhinestones
love to craft: ATG 
morgans artworld: ATG
path of positivity: style (I'd pick paper embroidery this time as I really like the technique a lot - it takes ages to get a card done, but it's like some kind of meditation to me and I think it also makes me think about the recipient b/c I'd only give a card like this out of my hands if I know they'll appreciate the work I put into it. On the other hand, having a plot behind what I create might be part of my style, too - sometimes my inspiration is obvious while it's very subtle at other times, but I'll always try to connect the details I use into a wholesome story)
pennys papertake: ATG
sketchy challenges: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG
pinspirational ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. I just posted my card following yours at Crafty Catz Challenge... and just had to stop in to get a better look at your card. And I'm glad I did. It is gorgeous! I love the layout, colors, shimmer and texture. All around a beautiful card. Kathy at https://myasperations.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks for your visit & lovely comment, Kathy!
      I'm glad you liked the card and hope you're staying healthy.

      Hugs, Veronika

  2. Beautifully stitched project. Looks amazing and love the touch of pearls, really sets it off nicely.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  3. Back again, and again, just gorgeous work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

  4. Lovely card. Mellow and lovely. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene DT

  5. Stunning card, so nice to see such a delicate sewing creation. Thankyou for sharing with su at CraftyCatz this week.x

  6. Oh!!! This is such an intricate, elegant card! I adore your style - the paper pierced holes, then the stitching and added pearls make for a beautiful focal point. I can image that this is very relaxing and rewarding to make. The beautiful background papers make your card a mini masterpiece. Thank you so much for joining the challenge at the Path of Positivity. We hope you'll join us again next month.
    Carole DT x

  7. Oh, wow, Cheiro! All that gorgeous stitching!!! Thanks so much for joining us at Krafty Chicks this week xoxoxo

  8. Absolutely lovely! So versatile. Gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's, and good luck with your entry! :)
    ~ DT Saphron
    Lemon Biscuit

  9. Wonderful card. Thanks for entering your wonderful creation at Love To Craft Challenge.
    Irena DT

  10. Beautiful!!! Thank-you so much for participating in our PINSPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! 😊 Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  11. beautiful card ...thanks for joining Morgan's World Art challenges
    wish we see you soon
    Lady- DT

  12. vielen dank fürs mitmachen bei den kreativtanten, deine karte ist wunderschön, lg., patty

  13. Wow.. this is beautiful! Love the cool colors!
    Thanks for joining us at Kreativtanten - Challenge!


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  14. Beautiful card. Love the stitching!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Kreativ-Tanten and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.

    Crafty greetings

    *Owner* Creative Crafting Uncles {#05 – Anything but a card }
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  15. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  16. Lovely card, well done! Thanks for joining us at The Sketchy Challenges.

    groetjes, Ellen

  17. A great creation - thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    Helen x

  18. Very pretty. I can almost see the metallic yarn shimmering. Thanks for linking to "handgestickt" linkparty! Gabi