First off I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful comments and support I have been receiving from you all lately. I read each and every comment and if I don't get back to you right away, please forgive me as I literally receive around 800 emails a day. Some days I don't get on the Internet, if I'm not feeling well from my Fibro, so that really puts me behind in my correspondence. I will work through the comments and emails as I can and try to get back to each and every one of you and check out your blogs too! I do a little bit each day that I feel well. It means so much to me to hear from you all. Just brightens my day so thank you again! :0)
For today, in addition to my FCCB post, I have a card that I created for a card swap and decided to enter it in a few challenges. I really wanted to use my new Campin' Critters cartridge and the theme of this card was perfect for that. I found the perfect image to represent Colorado and am very happy with the way it turned out. At least on the outside, I'm not thrilled at all with the inside. I stamped some images and the little square edges appeared slightly so I tried to cover them with chalk, but that just made it a muddy little mess. There was nothing I could really do about it at that point though because the card was already finished! :( I hope it's still ok and I hope my friend who receives it can overlook that and still enjoy the card. Does anyone have any tips on how to handle that situation? Meaning, when you stamp an image and you get ink on the edge of the rubber and it imprints on your card? I never know what to do when that happens and I don't know if there's a trick to avoid that. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Also, does anyone know a good trick to cover up marker if your marker bleeds a little outside the line? That's another one I struggle with. I'm sure I can't be the only one who has these problems, right? ;)
On to the card du jour...
Front of card with jute twine
Top of card - closeup
Bottom of card - closeup
Inside of card - stamped
Side view of card with jute
Side view to show dimension - tons of popped dots were used on almost every layer!
This card is a 5x7" and I decided to round the corners to soften it a bit. I used some fun colors on this one. The background is a bright (almost fluorescent) green and on top of that I used this great striped pattern paper with chrome (mirror-like) silver stripes. I was thinking of using the Imagine for the mountain scene, but I really wanted to separate all the layers so I could pop dot them (used different thicknesses) and make them three-dimensional like it would be in real life if you were looking at the mountains from a distance. There are four layers of color for the mountains... white cardstock for the snow caps, light purple cardstock for the mountains, periwinkle blue for the river, and the trees and greenery are actually a slightly printed patterned paper. I pop dotted most of the layers. Next, I had to outline the trees with Stickles to show where the trees ended and the grass began because I didn't feel like cutting another layer for the trees. I just kind of winged it and drew where I thought they should end. I used Glossy Accents on the river/lake to add some depth and I like the effect it gives without totally filling it in. At the top of the mountains, I added a cool chipboard Colorbok piece that I thought looked like a sunburst. I also added a piece of ribbon that I got from the dollar section at Target, I think, to kind of break the scene apart from the greeting Below that is the stamped sentiment from part of a Stampin Up stamp (it said Season's Greetings so I masked the top part)and a cute chipboard accent from Colorbok. I then added three fabric colored brads because the gal who gets this card loves brads (or so I've heard ;)). Then I added some stamped images to the inside of the card, a strip of the same paper I used on the front, outlined with a brown Zig, finished my greeting and inked all the edges and added a few wraps of jute to the fold. That's it for this one. Adhesives used were my ATG gun, Zig 2 Way Glue Pen, Red Tape, and some pop dots. Hope you all enjoy!
If anyone wants details of brands, please let me know and I'll do my best to get them posted. I just wanted to speed up this post a bit.
XO ~ Amy Jo
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