Diva Wednesday and we've got a wonderful sketch for you which I've paired with a color combo challenge from Splitcoast that was much tougher for me than I expected. I am late posting this today because it was one of those cards that just wouldn't come together- I tried and tried, cut and recut, scrapped idea after idea. Well actually that's not true, I stuck with my original idea and just kept trying until it worked (which wasn't until this morning at 11am!) Maybe I should've scrapped my idea last night and I would have come up with something much sooner. Ah well, hindsight is always 20/20!
So it turned out fairly clean & simple considering how long it took me. The tree was inked with markers, black and Wild Wasabi which takes a bit of time but I was anticipating a really neat look, especially since I've not used black for the tree before. It was my layer colors that gave me fits but once I textured the Cajun Craze I liked it much better. Somehow that texture helps it blend into the background which is what I wanted.
Do you remember these felt flowers? Well, it is one of those products that I love but completely forgot about until the box (with two full sets of flowers) fell off my shelf last night (while struggling with this card) and dumped everywhere! Voila- using them! I added a corduroy button in Baja Breeze to one and a black brad to the other.
TIP: Wondering how I made the layered sentiment? Don't forget about the Big Shot die Movers & Shapers. The Punch Windows set (page 209) comes with dies that layer perfectly with the punches: Scallop Oval, Modern Label (that I used here), large heart and the large star. The idea behind this die is to be able to punch those shapes anywhere on your card, even where a standard punch wouldn't reach... but you can also use it like this and just cut out a layer for behind your punch. Works like a charm! I just lay a scrap of paper over the die and run it through the Big Shot.
Anyway, I did up the inside a bit too so I'll leave you with that. It looks a little plain to me, but keep in mind that the black striped ribbon actually ties in a bow on the inside of the card so that adds a little something too.
Please go check out the other Divas and play along with the Diva challenge!
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors: Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing folder, Felt Flowers, Corduory button, Movers & Shapers die, Modern Label punch, black brad, Black striped ribbon (phew!)