Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Last-minute stamping

Today is my 14th wedding anniversary. How time flies! Especially since last night I realized I hadn't even thought about the card I would need to make. So I looked through my stamps and found a couple challenges and ended up with this card. I hope it's not too girly - he's getting it, even if it is!


The challenges I chose to play are Pink Elephant's sketch and autumn colors from SUO Challenges. Looking through my stamp sets, I decided to use Choose Happiness. The leaves in Mossy Meadow and the elegant frame in Early Espresso both come from that set. I liked the idea of a wood grain inside the frame, but the stamp in Choose Happiness is already in a banner shape, so I used the wood chevron background from Truly Grateful (stamped off once with Crumb Cake). To bring in a bit more fall color, I punched and glued teeny tiny dots from the ribbon border punch in Tangelo Twist. I love how it looks but it's not something I would have my club members do! The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts.

The background is Mossy Meadow card stock with a faux suede look. To achieve this I ran the card stock back and forth over the edge of a table, in all directions, to loosen the grain of the paper. Then I was able to peel one layer off to leave this thinner textured piece. A burlap banner anchors the bottom of the card, and then to balance the orange berries I added thin strips of Tangelo Twist card stock. I think that's it for this card - I'm happy to have this finished with some time to spare!

5 comments:

Robin Messenheimer / Robin's Craft Room said...

Ithink it's just perfect! I'm sure your husband loved it. Thanks for sharing this special card with the SUO Challenges Team!

Julia said...

I love how you have created the frame out of the border design - great idea!! And the little dots on the leaf are great! Thanks for joing the challenge at SUO

Nance E Salkeld said...

Great masculine card. It's not too girlie. Great take on our sketch too! Thanks for sharing it at The Pink Elephant Challenge! Nance, DT

Julie Gearinger said...

I agree with the others- love the border on the main panel as well as the woodgrain for the interior! I am sure your hubby loved it and I also agree tat it is not too "girly" :-) Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges!

Mary Brown said...

Oh what a wonderful masculine card! I love all the green/tan with just the touch of orange in there. Thanks for joining the SUO challenge!