Friday, October 9, 2015

So Grateful

10/14/2015 Update: So Grateful in Gold won a Top Three Award at the AHSC
#128 challenge!








This week's sketch for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #128 was a little tricky for me because of that vertical strip just left of center.

 
A panel of Very Vanilla cardstock was adhered to a card base of Soft Suede. A panel of golf foiled cardstock was adhered. Next a square of Birch Bark paper was adhered.
 
The horizontal strip was made by stamping some bare tree branches in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla cardstock. Leaves were then stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed using tinsel embossing powder. The edges were sponged and the piece backed with craft foam and adhered to the card. Click on the photo at the left for a large close up.
 
The large leaf was stamped with Versamark on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, then heat embossed with Tinsel embossing powder. The leaf was die cut and the edges were sponged with Soft Suede ink. The leaf was backed with craft foam and adhered to the card.
 
Next the smaller leaf was stamped with Soft Suede ink, covered with Tinsel embossing powder and heat embossed and die cut.  It was backed with craft foam and adhered. The sentiment was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Tinsel embossing powder. A punch was used for the shape.
 
Finally, that troublesome vertical strip was made from a piece of gold foiled cardstock by using an embossing folder to give it texture and then adhered to the card. The inside was lined with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock decorated with leaves stamped in Soft Suede ink.
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Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, heat embossing, punching, dry embossing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Flower Patch, Lighthearted Leaves; Impression Obsession "Branches of a Tree"
Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Birch Bark paper, DCWV Gold Foiled Cardstock
Punch: Modern Label
Dies: Flower Fair Framelits, Leaflets Framelits
Misc.: craft foam, Stripes EF, Recollections Tinsel EP

17 comments:

  1. Gold and very elegant, love all the techniques and combinations of papers used.

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    1. Actually, the birch paper is the only "designer paper" on the card. I wish it showed better because it's rich with texture. In fact, the entire card is rich with texture but you know me with photography! The horizontal strip was self made with stamps and heat embossing the tinsel powder. Good luck to both of us!

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  2. And agreed, the vertical strip in the center was also difficult for me; but I think we both came through with it. The gold looks folded with the embossing...clever.

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    1. I thought about a long skinny leaf, a strip of sequins or buttons, a banner or spiral, a piece of vellum, etc. but nothing was working for me so I settled on the embossed strip. It would not have worked to add another color at that point - the vanilla, gold foil and suede colors did not need anything else.

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  3. What a gorgeous gold toned card, very elegant! Thanks for playing along at AHSC.

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  4. Just beautiful Melanie! The birch paper with the gold is perfect, the little embossed strip over the leaves looks great! :)

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    1. And I have you to thank for giving me the birch paper! I love the texture but I wish my photography were better so it can be seen.

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  5. Wow, Melanie! I'm in love with your gold card!! I just got that set from SU and haven't had a chance to use it yet!! Hope mine turns out as beautiful as yours!! I saw your blog at the Outlawz!

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  6. Forgot to say I'm your newest follower!!
    Hugs!!

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    1. Thank you, Darcy! I'll be looking at your blog as well.

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  7. Love the gold foil!!! Thanks for joining us at AHSC this week!

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  8. I love everything about this card. You did an amazing job interpreting the sketch and making it your own! Thanks for playing at AHSC.

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  9. WOW! The gold is so stunning, I love it. I love how you used a leaf for the circle shape and changed it up. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC
    crzy4scrapbooking.blogspot.ca

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  10. This card is beautiful. I love the color, so elegant! I also had a problem with that one strip. ( I cheated a little and moved it up to work with my card)

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  11. Love the monochromatic look to this card! It is stunning! hanks for joining us at AHSC this week.

    Linda
    DT member AHSC
    www.scrappytherapy.com

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  12. Ooooh weeee! Right up my alley! Awesome!

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