Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fall Wildflowers

Here’s the last autumn card I am going to post. Tomorrow's post will be another Christmas card. This card is highly distressed, but I wouldn’t really call it a collage card because it only has two main elements, rather than numerous elements bunched and layered. It is highly distressed because I needed to relieve my frustration the day I made it. It was a Saturday after I watched my Florida Gators lose by one miserable point to Old Miss. We were supposed to go all the way – at least in the SEC! So I retired to my “studio” and went to town with the distressing tool and sponge!

The card is mounted in a shell of More Mustard, followed by distressed layers of Garden Green and Really Rust. I used ColorBox Fluid Chalk pads to stamp the image in the upper left corner as well as the golden rod you can see peeking out on the right side. The Really Rust panel was embossed with the CB Diamonds in the Rough folder and was sponged with more of the chalk pads. I used a small rectangle of last year’s SU Outlaw DSP, distressed of course, and layered vellum that I embossed with Really Rust classic ink.

I do a lot of my embossing using a Versamark pad plus a colored classic ink pad and then clear embossing powder. I ink the stamp with Versamark, ink again with colored classic (dye) ink, stamp the image and clear emboss. That allows me to emboss with a color without using colored EP or craft ink. The “grateful” sentiment was stamped with the same process. The main image is the old retired Seasonal Sprays set from SU and is embossed with copper EP. The copper hardware corners are made with the Cuttlebug Vintage dies. It’s the square one, cut in half and embossed with copper EP. All in all, I was happy with this little stress-reliever card!

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