Hello Fellow Stampers ~
I'm getting back on track I think. The dentist is still exploring what might be causing me so much discomfort as we aren't finding anything obvious; and has now started me on a course of steroid to get the inflammation down and see if we can pinpoint a root cause (haha - did you see what I did there?). So I'm feeling a little better, which is good . . . because I have lots of new product that just arrived from Stampin' Up!, and lots I want to be doing in the Studio.
So let's start today with something fun, and perhaps quite unexpected. How about a card design inspired by a quilt design?
My latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting just arrived, and the minute I saw this sample, I immediately thought of our Rooted In Nature stamp set, and knew I saw card design in a quilt! What do you think?
And there you go! A stunning card inspired by a quilt design.
Now you know why I love to quilt and to create cards!! 😉
The card base for this card was cut from Early Espresso cardstock, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4"
The background is cut from a piece of Wood Textures DSP.
Then I cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock, 2-1/2" x 5-1/8", and embossed it with the Seaside TIEF, and flipped it to show the de-bossed side so I could have a "quilted background" effect (similar to the background in the pictured quilt itself). Kind of fun!
Now for some fun details ~~
The "tree" is stamped and cut using the Rooted In Nature stamp set and the Nature's Roots Framelits. I used a sponge dauber to color the tree with Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow and Old Olive inks.
Then I snipped the top tip off on tree, and the bottom tip of the trunk on the other and layered them together to get one big tall tree!!
Next, it's all about the shimmer paint ~ Champagne Mist Shimmer paint to be exact ~ some ink refills, glossy white cardstock, and a scrunched up piece of plastic wrap, to create a wonderful variegated marbled background that looks just like the fabric in our quilt design.
This technique is easy and tons of fun ~ don't worry about a little bit of inky fingers, just go for it.
By variegating from Sahara Sand, to Crumb Cake, through to Early Espresso, I was able to get the light to dark effect I wanted to achieve.
I then used this piece I created to cut my squares (use the smallest scalloped edge Layering Squares Framelits), and the 1" x 3-3/4" strip for the background behind the tree.
I even used a piece of my created background for the sentiment - stamping it in Early Espresso, and then fussy cutting it just the way I wanted.
There is inspiration everywhere; you just have to look 😉 And did you think our new "lovely as a tree part 2" could look so cool?! Give it a try!!!
Until Next Time . . . Puppy Hugs!