Wednesday, November 12, 2008

More Challenge Cards

Hi there everyone! I'm finally getting around to posting some more of the cards I have done for the 5 card challenge I'm participating in and cards I made for a Stamp Camp I had in October. I'm curious if any of you are challenging yourselves to use your sets more than once??

This first project is a gift card holder and I thought it would make a wonderful masculine card Those are usually the hardest cards for me to come up with. The base is Going Gray and has Prestwick DS paper layered on the main part of the card and the image is matted with Garden Green. I used the Cheers to You set and water colored it to keep it from being too harsh. A few brads finish the card off nicely I think. This fits right into a standard envelope so it would be quite easy to mail off to that special someone...

This next card is one of my favorite techniques to do. You heat emboss on vellum and then ink the back side to create soft colors. I made my card look like a sunset but you could make your design look any way you want. I mounted the dried piece of vellum onto a strip of white paper with black brads to let the image really pop. This would make a good sympathy or masculine card. I used Lovely as a Tree for my image and Garden Green, Lovely Lilac, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun as my ink colors. The card base is textured Basic Gray.

This card is a tent topper style card and I think it is quite elegant. I fell in love with the Illuminations set when it first came out and surprisingly this is the first time I have used it...I decided to break out some of my Juntos DS paper from the Spanish version of the Stampin' Up! catalog and really like how it turned out. I matched it with Always Artichoke and More Mustard papers and added Really Rust ink into the mix as well. I used the French Script background stamp to stamp over my DS paper and the large swirl from Baroque Motifs. A little Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon finishes it off nicely. I really do like how this card came out.

For this next card I decided to try something new, at least for me...I took my circle scallop punch and my snips and created petals instead of scalloped circles. I used scraps of Kiwi Kiss for the stems and used the Hostess Set, Punches Three for the sentiment. A little Creamy Caramel textured carstock finishes off the Pink Pirouette flowers nicely. I was so afraid this card would look too plain, but my ladies really like the look of it.

The final card was a quick and easy fall-ish card. I was really looking forward to playing with my new scallop edge punch and this card just seemed to call out for it! I always use the large flower from the Heartfelt Thanks set so I decided to use the cluster flower instead this time. I stamped the image a total of 3 times without reinking the stamp to add some distance and interest to the card.

I hope you have enjoyed this set of cards...be on the lookout for more to follow soon...have a great day and happy stamping!!

4 comments:

Suzanne said...

Sarah,
These are all amazing. Well done. I am going to try a few of these techniques.

LadyDoc said...

Like them all, LOVE the tree/sunset card!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh wow Sarah!!! They're all soooo wonderful!! That sunset is stunnnnnnnnning!!!

Rhonda Kelly said...

Hi Sarah, I love your cards, I especially love the one using Illuminations..the thank you card. That is a great stamp set.
Also, we have a winner over at my blog, check it out:
http://creatingwithrhonda.blogspot.com/2008/12/we-have-winner.html