Saturday, 2 April 2011

Walking with nature

No comments yesterday? Does that mean nobody’s looking? Come on, please don’t be shy – we all need a bit of validation now and again!

My favourite stamp set in the Mini catalogue just has to be Nature Walk. It features just the kind of earthy, rustic images that I love so much. And I adore the Botanical Gazette Designer Series Paper that goes with it – it’s right up my street!

Here’s a card I made with both of them. I’ve used a strip of the paper along the bottom and pleated another strip to go across the middle of the card. It wasn’t my idea, of course; this card is a loose translation of one on page 54 of the Idea Book & Catalogue. But that’s what an Idea Book is for, right?

To colour the image, markers would be ideal but I don’t have a Cherry Cobbler marker, so I compromised. I inked the top half of the image using a Cherry Cobbler ink pad, then cleaned the ink off the leaves and stems using a cotton bud. Then I inked the leaves and stems using an Old Olive marker. There’s always a way!

I love these colours and have been having lots of fun making sample cards with a limited palette which includes all my favourites: Old Olive (of course!), Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso. Not to mention Baja Breeze... but that comes later.

Stamps: Nature Walk, Basic Phrases
Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Botanical Gazette
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive (marker)
Accessories: ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon – Old Olive, 1/8” taffeta ribbon – Early Espresso,  Sweet Stitches Designer Big Buttons

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  1. Gorgeous colours and such a stunning card. I'm going to admire the rest of your lovely projects in your older posts now!

  2. This is really cute! I like the layout...tfs!!!

  3. Lovely card and great tip about the stamp pad if no marker available.

  4. Fab colors and the embellies are perfect.

  5. Is it a gorgeous set and I really like your pleated paper - clever!

  6. This is beautiful!! Love how you have pleated the paper - adds so much texture to the card! Great rich colour combo too!


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