Hello all!!! I hope your week is going good and you find time to relax this upcoming weekend. I have a four day weekend, and I am sooo excited!!
I've mentioned the Utah Diva group I belong to on here before and now I was asked by Maria to be a part of the Inspiration challenge design group. How cool is that?? Thanks Maria!!
The inspiration for this week is apples, and you can see it on the UDI Blog. I am also using this card as my inspiration creation for the weekly Be Inspired challenge I host on Stampin' Connection.
Honestly this card took on a life of it's own when I started working on it!! I have been playing with the new Distressing Essentials Kit in the catalog, and I just went to town! Around the edges of the base card of Very Vanilla, I used the Tea Stain ink spot. What's really neat about these spots, is that once they dry, they really change the look of the project and add a greater dimension. By using the Tea Stain spot on Very Vanilla, it makes it look like aged parchment. IMHO!
Since I was going with the aged/vintage look, I decided to use the Torn Frames technique I learned from the Technique Junkies. There is something cathartic about distressing card stock! On this panel I also used the Charcoal spot on the edges, lightly, and then went over that with the Tea Stain. The front of the panel was stamped with the Sanded background stamp in Soft Suede, off stamped twice. I even used the Tea Stain spot on the ribbon!! Can't have "new" ribbon on an old card and an antique brad holds it in place! I even distressed the sentiment punched piece.
My stamp set I used is the new Studio Sketches, which I am so glad I bought, and is a combo of three of the stamps. I used the wine bottles, bowl of apples and bananas/apples. All were stamped with brown staz on on watercolor paper. The images were colored with SU! markers and an aquapainter. Lots of dimension going on here too! You can see it better in the close up shot. Used more of the wonderful Newsprint dsp on here to add to the aged look.
Hope you have time to check out the UDI Blog and see what the other members of the team did!!