Monday, September 29, 2008

A bridge of blessings

With Thanksgiving near, I wanted to create a card that echoes Thanksgiving flavor along with Autumn. This covered bridge stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps is perfect for making Thanksgiving cards and/or Autumn cards. The beauty of these illustrated bridges will set your imagination on overdrive! "Country Bridges" will be released on October 1st.

Dimensions: 5.5"x4.25", Card opens from bottom
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps Country Bridges Stamp Set
Techniques: Basic Stamping, Prismacoloring with Mineral Spirits
Paper: Basic Grey "Mellow" & "Boxer" Designer Collection, Paper Trey White Cardstock
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black,Stampin Up! Old Olive & So Saffron Inks
Tools: Nestabilities Regular & Scallop Oval Dies, Cuttlebug, Stampin Up! Slit Punch, Martha Stewart Branch & Maple Leaf Punches, Stampin Up! Large Oval Punch, Krylon Gold Leafing Pen, Primsacolor Pencils, Mineral Spirits, Blending Stump
Embellishments: Adhesive Gold Beads, Offray Gold Flair Metallic Ribbon

To create this card, I cut the patterned designer paper to size as well as a matching sized piece of white cardstock for the card lining. The image was stamped on white cardstock using Pitch Black ink. All detail on the image was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with mineral spirits. After coloring and blending, the image was die cut using Nestabilities oval die and the Cuttlebug. So Saffron ink was heavily sponged around the edge of the stamped oval and dot doodles were added around the edge using a gold leafing pen. A coordinating green scalloped mat was cut using a Nestabilities die. Gold dot doodles and dot/dash doodles were added to the scalloped mat with the gold leafing pen.

The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock using Pitch Black ink and then punched out using a large oval punch. The edges were sponged heavily with Old Olive and dot doodled around the edge with the gold leafing pen. A coordinating green strip was cut using an Xacto knife and straight edge for a bottom border. Another coordinating tuscan red patterned paper was used to cut a bottom scalloped border with the slit punch. Gold dot doodles were added to each scallop point on the border. The two borders were glued to the card base. The gold metallic ribbon was anchored to the back of the card base and then the stamped, matted image was glued on top of that to the card base. Adhesive gold beads were added to the large green scalloped mat, as well as the bottom green border. Branch leaves were punched and colored with the gold leafing pen, as well as the tuscan red maple leaf to adorn the sentiment. A perky gold bow was tied onto the ribbon. To finish the card, the card base was glued to the card white cardstock lining.

1 comment:

Laurie Wilson said...

You really worked wonders on that simple line art image! Beautiful coloring, layers and embellishments as always!