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Monday, 19 October 2015

Thanks -- a study in neutrals (Winner at The Card Concept)

Sometimes the best way to relax after a gruelling number of days is to do something one loves.  For me that something is crafting.  To make things simpler and allow me the luxury of having a path to follow, I checked out a few challenges.  I immediately loved the sketch from the Sundays Stamps challenge:


And then I saw the photo inspiration challenge at the Card Concept and I knew what I wanted to put into that sketch design:


I began with a base of Smoky Slate and then for the "a-kilter" layers decided on Basic Grey and a piece of light woodgrain designer paper.  I stamped a bird on one small square of Very Vanilla and a piece of a farmland image with pumpkins on another small square of Very Vanilla.  I put each on a thin matte of Basic Grey and then lightly coloured areas with my aqua painter and So Saffron.

After mounting everything I knew I wanted a little something more to balance the card and so sponged leaves in the lower left and upper right area using Basic Grey.  Then I added the die-cut "thanks" and the card was finished.  My inspiration from the photo was a combination of the colours and the textures.  It is in the style of a Clean and Layered card.


I hope you'll visit the two challenges and check out the wonderful cards created by their respective Design Teams.

19 comments:

  1. Wonderful card! I love crafting after a long day too...I always feel so much better after making something pretty :) Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Card Concept :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Kerin. I think it's just sitting down and concentrating on something so totally apart from all the hectic things in one's life that makes it so therapeutic to do crafting.

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  2. Well Done!! I often find that is take two forms of inspiration to get a card going too. Thanks for playing at The Card Concept:)

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    1. Thanks so much, LauraJane. As tired as my brain was last night, I needed that double-jolt.

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  3. What a creative card. I love how you sponged in the leafs and lightly aqua painted the bird and pumpkin scene. Makes the overall appearance soft and inviting. Thanks for joining in on the fun at Sunday Stamps!

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    1. Thanks so much, Annette. I really enjoyed combining these two challenges. The card makes me think vintage.

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  4. This is so very lovely Heidi! Adore your rustic look to this card & love that bird!

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    1. Thank you so much, Shannon. Yes, I'll keep that bird stamp forever. Some images just never "get old".

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  5. Heidi- I love the use of the woodgrain paper with the netural pallette and birds! Thanks for playing along with us at The Card Concept :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie. Keeping the scene neutral was a challenge but I do love the results.

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  6. Heidi, this is lovely! I love the woodgrain background and the beautiful neutral color palette. Rustic elegance! SO happy you joined us at Sunday Stamps! XX

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    1. Thank you so much, Claire. I really loved your sketch this week.

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  7. Wonderful card with a terrific rustic feel to it. Great job with the sketch!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Sunday Stamps!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa. I had fun with the sketch.

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  8. Lovely your neutral palette, Heidi! Card making is restful for me too, so I understand! Thank you for playing along with Sunday Stamps!

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  9. Love this card, your birds are quite lovely! Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

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  10. I meant thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps!

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