Sunday, October 12, 2008

Card Evolution

This is one of those cards that just kind of evolved. It started with leaves random stamped with Chocolate Ink on same color cardstock. For something different, I pierced around each leaf, and then thought, "Now what?" That's when I reached for my new Originals book for a little inspiration. While the sketch I chose was not for a 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inch card, it worked. My favorite part of the card is the oak leaf that I stamped with Goldrush ink on Colonial White cardstock. Using a sponge I added some Autumn Terracotta, Sunflower, and Goldrush ink before cutting it out. After it was cut out, I used a sponge dauber to add a little Chocolate ink around the edges. I wanted the leaf to have some dimension without crumpling it, so I ran it over square edge of my desktop several times, first vertically and then horizontally. What that does is break up the fibers in the paper, resulting in a soft rumpled look that most likely doesn't show in the photograph. There's nothing better than a presentable card that just kind of 'happens.'

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Chocolate, Goldrush, and Cocoa cardstock; Abundance paper packet; Chocolate, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, and Sunflower ink pads; Autumn Splendor and Say it in Style stamp sets; Autumn Garden Mini-Medley Accents Collection; Round sponge; Sponge daubers; Piercing tool; Sanding block.

Yesterday ended up being a lazy day, so I'm going to have to step it up a bit today and get some stuff done. If I'm 'good,' I'll reward myself with a session in my corner later. LOL. Like I have that kind of control . . . I'm sure I'll be back. Whatever you're doing, I hope you're enjoying you day. Thanks for stopping by!


We are the Moses tribe. said...

This card is phenomenal. I love how you pierced the outside of the leaves. The center leaf looks amazing as well.

Jeanne said...

The center leaf is just gorgeous! What a great idea to sponge and distress it. The piercing looks great, too!

Love your new siggy, too!

Laurel said...

So pretty, love the piercing!