Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sahara Sand Trees for all Seasons

Yesterday was too busy for me to be able to play. Jonathan had cooking school, we made our monthly trek to Costco and we had to stop at the drugstore to pick up test strips for Jonathan's finger pokes.

By the time we got home, it was all I could do to get dinner on the table before 6 p.m.!

Dinner is running a little late today because I just HAD to do the sketch challenge over at SCS. I knew I wanted to do a fall card when I saw this one in the gallery, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with mine. I was inspired by Beate Johns who must have gone through a "three" phase in her early stamping career, because as I cruised HER gallery from way back when I saw LOTS of multiples of three. As a side note, if you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Beate's work, you should REALLY check out her blog and her gallery over at SCS. She is one TALENTED lady!

I knew I had some of the striped paper like the one in the card above, but it turned out that it wasn't fall themed, it was spring themed. Clearly THAT wasn't going to work, because I had my heart set on a fall themed card. So, I looked through my stash of paper and came across a "Simply Scrappin" kit that turned out to be PERFECT!

First I cut Sahara Sand to 8" X 9", scored and folded it in half to make a 4" X 9" card base. I then cut a piece of the DP to 3 3/4" X 8 3/4" and a second piece of DP to 3" X 8". The piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock was cut to 2 1/4" X 7 1/4". All pieces were sponged with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink.

Each of the three images were stamped on 2" square pieces of Whisper White. At first I just sponged the outside edge of each of the three main images, but then I saw a "spot light" in my head and punched out a 1 3/8" circle using my circle punch. The circle was placed over the three image and I sponged Chocolate Chip around the circle mask leaving the middle of the image white. Not one to leave well enough alone (LOL!) I decided to ticket punch the corners of the cardstock and further darken the outside edges with more Chocolate Chip Ink. To further my "fall" theme, I coloured the leaves on the tree (and a few on the ground) as well as the tree trunk with my Prismacolour pencils.

The images were mounted on the piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock and brads were added to accent the corners. I pierced the end of the of the cardstock, added a ribbon and mounted the entire piece on dimensionals for a finishing touch. I was inspired by THIS card to add the photo corners on the two pieces of DP.

CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
DSP: From a Simply Scrappin' Kit
INK: Chocolate Chip
STAMPS: A Tree for all Seasons
ACCESSORIES: Ribbon, Brads

Hope you were inspired to create something beautiful today!

Thanks for stopping by!


Beate said...

Wow! Gorgeous card. I love that you turned the sketch and the paper you used.
Hugs and smiles

Christyne (aka Apple Blossom) said...

Thanks Beate! Such a kind comment from a wonderfully talented stamper means the world.


Beverly said...

This is really a handsome card.
I also like to ink my edges darker and that along with your asymmetrical design and pretty papers/colours really drew my eye to your card. Everything about it is great!