Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nature Inspired


Inspired by Nature was one of the stamp sets that I received for free at convention. Yeah! I must admit that when I first saw the set I had a 'hmmm...' (ie neutral) reaction. But after the make and takes at convention and playing with the set on my own, now I totally love it! Initially I thought the large images would make them hard to incorporate into a card, but I was wrong! I also envision this set as being fun to use for home decor projects.

For this card I started by using Old Olive, Summer Sun, and Chocolate Chip markers to color directly on the flower stamp. Then I stamped the image onto Very Vanilla card stock and layered it onto Chocolate Chip. The grass layer behind the flower is actually Versamark Ink embossed with Clear Embossing Powder on Kraft card stock. This layer turned out harder to get just right than I expected. First I tried just Versamark (too light), then Creamy Caramel ink (wrong color), and then Close to Cocoa ink (too dark). (I feel like I am telling Goldilocks and the 3 bears to my son. . . . ) Finally I tried heat embossing with clear embossing powder, and I like the way that turned out. It kind of gives it a 'morning dew on the grass' type of feel. The grass layer is tied around with 1/4" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon and popped up on dimensionals. The flower layer is also up on dimensionals. Enjoy!

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Ink: Versamark, Old Olive marker, Summer Sun marker, Chocolate Chip marker
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, 1/4" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals
Techniques: Heat Embossing, Markers Directly to Stamp


14 comments:

Kim said...

at first I had a hard time with this set, but I am REALLY liking it!! love your project!

Melzie said...

Gorgeous!!!!

Conni Frankl said...

I am on the fence about this set too, but your card looks great!!
C

xiumaiyuki said...

Hi! just popping in from SCS forum. Great card. Love the simplicity of this set!!!

specialcraftmom4 said...

What a nice card! I love the flower (:

scrappinmominky said...

Very pretty card. I didn't like this set at first, but I've seen so many great cards that I think I will probably buy it.

Dragana Skoro said...

I love the colours on this... By the way, check my blog, I left you some blog "bling". :-)

Anonymous said...

Fabulous! I plan to CASE this one. Thanks for sharing! K

Kristin said...

OMG! This is YOUR card?!? This card is one of the main ones that inspired my most recent post to my blog. I'll go back and update to add a link to here!

And thanks so much for sweetly sending me some "blog bling"!! I will work on that today as well. Love your work!

Stamp With Linz said...

I saw this on SCS today- it's such a great sketch for this set, well done. I just love it!

Scrubbysue said...

Oooooh...how pretty! I love this! the details are so elegant.

stampersim said...

This card is so awesome. I saw it on SCS so that's how I got here to your blog. I'm trying to come up with projects with this set and I love what you've done !!!!!

Vera said...

Congratulations on making Stampers' Showcase with this fabulous card, Allison!

salma said...

I saw this on SCS today ,its such a great sketch ... really appreciate you and your hard worked ....

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