September 12, 2010

Curtain Call Act 47 & Waltzingmouse Sketch #14


Hey everyone! It's time for another Curtain Call Color Challenge! This week Stacey has picked an earthy combo that I really love. I paired up this week's colors with the newest Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. It also qualifies for the Paper Crafts gallery challenge to use text.

This card is fairly simple but has some subtle details and a few new-to-me techniques that I want to share. First is the text de-bossing on the Artichoke cardstock. I used PTI's Book Plate impression plate, but I wanted to try the popular letterpress look that I've been seeing, so I inked it up first with Dark Chocolate ink. The effect is very subtle, I think because of the small size of the impressed letters and because the cardstock is a darker color, but there is a difference, and I've tried to show that below in these two samples with ink (on the right) and without ink (on the left).



Another fun technique I tried on this card was to stamp the leaf image onto white cardstock and cut it out, leaving a negative space behind which I put Artichoke cardstock stamped with PTI's Text Style in Versamark. I LOVE how this turned out, but it's hard to see just how pretty it looks in these photos.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso), Papertrey Ink (white)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Turning a New Leaf, Background Basics: Text Style), Fiskars (All Year Greetings)
Ink: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate), Versamark
Tools: Spellbinders (square die), Papertrey Ink (Book Plate impression plate, Eyelet border die)
Accessories: Queen & Co. (pearls), Michaels (ribbon), thread

The last technique I want to share is not at all obvious, but it's something I learned from Debbie Olsen's blog. I don't have any rectangle dies, so I used my square Nesties to create this rectangle! I took the largest square, which is 3 inches across, and cut out a square of white cardstock. Then I repositioned the die on the same piece of cardstock so that it would cut a rectangle 2 inches wide. The result: a perfectly cut and embossed 2X3 rectangle.

The Curtain Call Crew has samples to show you today, too, so make sure you stop by to see:


Jean Martin at Stampin' Scrapper
Julie Lacey at Stamps & Taxes
Laurel Seabrook at Seabrook Designs
Makiko Jones at MakInk Studio
Monika Davis at M.A.D. Stamper
Piali Biswas at Touch of Creation
Silke Ledlow at My Life
Stacey Schafer at Stacey's Stamping Stage
Teresa Kline at Enjoy the VA Sunshine



and September Guest Designer, Vicki Dutcher at All I Do is Stamp.

...then play along with us and post your Curtain Call Color Challenge creation using Mr. Linky over at Stacey's Stamping Stage.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Sunday!

26 comments:

Laurel said...

Wow, this is stunning!

Sue Kohler said...

I love this one Christina, simple and yet so elegant. Thanks for sharing your techniques, they give a wonderful effect!! :)

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

this is fabulous, great techniques too...have a super day!

enjoy *~*

Smita said...

ohhh... this is beautiful. Lovely colors and sooooo elegant.

Smita

Laurie said...

This is gorgeous Christina! So many great techniques in one card! I love the leaves cut out in the white! Very pretty!

Jean Martin said...

Ooh wonderful technique! And that impression plate...!!! Sooo very elegant!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such a pretty card Christina. Love the images you used... both technique are fabulous! Great use of the colors. :o)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful CAS cards - just elegant!

Diane Jaquay said...

Such a beautiful, elegant, simple card!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

What a beautiful CAS card! Love the pearls :) Thanks for playing along with the WM sketch challenge :)

Makiko Jones said...

What a pretty CAS card! The colors are so fabulous with the image and design. Love the impression details too.

Lindsay said...

Very nice job Christina! I love the impression and the focal point. Lovely!

Marisa said...

This is gorgeous, Christina! Love the print on the leaf image. Fabulous use of the sketch too! Lovely job!

jen said...

love it!! I've been planning the same technique with that embossing plate- but never enough time in the day!!!
Congrats on winning the sketch challenge at Practicing Creativity!!! :D

Silke Ledlow said...

Gorgeous card Christina!!! Love the long card and the fab technique you used!!! Hugs ~S~

Nance said...

Gorgeous card Christina! I love the CAS look of this which goes so perfectly with the earthy colors. Love all the techniques you've used and appreciate the explanations too. I ADORE the letterpress look--just fabulous. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog today--gave me a good feeling. Back 'atchya!

Kelly S. said...

WOW this card is so serene and peaceful...LOVE the texty on the flowers and in the background, fab technique on this one!

Julia Aston said...

So pretty Christina! love that text embossing and the lovely colors you used! thanks for playing with WMS this week!

Noelle said...

This is lovely! the subtle touches are perfect and make me look 2 and 3 times, so pretty:)

xiumaiyuki said...

Stunning!!! Your use of those colors are perfect. And the subtleness of that text imprint adds a beautiful softness to the card.

Lenet said...

Beautifull cas card , love the impression plates, the are on the top of my wish list. Thank you very much for playing with us at waltzing mouse challenge

Monique said...

Wow this is awesome.. Love the print on your leaf...Great take on the sketch :)

Niki Estes said...

Very pretty! I love all the text and the use of the impression plate.

Susan (peebsmama) said...

What a great idea to cut away the image to expose the printed paper underneath. Very nice.

Ruth M said...

Absolutely lovely card - CAS but with eyecatching details!

Stacey Schafer said...

What a perfect inspiration card, Christina! so earthy and GORGEOUS...the placement of pearls is genious, gf!

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