It's Not All Black and White

Monday, October 22, 2007

Baby Steps

I am so happy with this card! Is it the greatest card in the world? Of course not. But I stepped out of my box a bit. It was just a baby step, but it's a start. What box? I am such a "linear" stamper. Everything is a box, square, layered precisely. It's just how I think. But, when I'm looking at others' cards, I really love designs that are looser, abstract, for lack of a better description. So, what do you think, did a make a little progress? I hope to keep working at it.

I saw on Daniela's blog that she had posted a challenge over at Create My Keepsake to make a fall/thank you card using fall colors, ribbon, and a stamp. So I used my bucket of apples stamp, again. Yes, you may be getting sick of it, but I just love this stamp. It's stamped on watercolor paper and colored with markers and a watercolor brush. The same goes for the cut out leaves.

By the way, the watercolor paper is so thick that it makes great little cut out embellishments.

I also faux stitched my background paper (with a paper piercer and chocolate chip marker) and rolled up the edges. The sentiment was stamped (chocolate chip) on watercolor paper and punched with the word window tab.

What's In It?
Stamps: Give Thanks (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink); watercolor, retired Bravo Burgundy (Stampin' Up!); Everyday "Cherished" (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine); chocolate chip, various markers for coloring (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Purely Pomegranate stitched ribbon, word window and slot punches, Crafter's Tool Kit, watercolor brush (SU!); Giga scallop punch (Marvy)

21 comments:

Thyme said...

Gorgeous card! I love the off center scalloped circle :)

Colleen said...

This is wonderful! I too am a linear stamper...everything has to be straight and perfectly lined up...but this is amazing. I love how the scalloped cirle draws the eye up...and the ribbon is the perfect touch!

Flossie's Follies said...

What a beautiful card, glad you stepped outside your box. I am somewhat offset, story of my life. LOL

Shannan said...

Bethany, you are totally rockin the markers & waterbrush! I need some lessons, cause mine is crazy bad!

Tina said...

Totally adorable. Those apples are so beautiful!

Well Said Cards said...

Great job on the coloring. I love the way this turned out.

My Paper World said...

Really beautiful!

Dana said...

I think you are the best color-er I've ever seen. Seriously, you can make things look SO realistic Bethany! I like the abstractness of it all, and thing you did a great job stepping outside your linear box!

Theresa said...

Well done getting out of your box!!! You totally rocked it! Love it!

Lauren (mytime) said...

Your coloring rocks! And YAY for you stepping outside the box you felt you were stuck in. Reguardless your work is always beautiful.This is lovely.

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

THis looks fabulous, Bethany! Doesn't look like you had a trouble at all! :)

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

Beautiful card, I love your coloring! You should step out of your box more often, I love the layout of this card!

Andrea said...

fantastic card, I love your background paper and the faux stitching looks so real

Daniela said...

This card is beautiful, I love the colors.Thank you for stopping by and playing.

Robyn said...

This turned out so super cute! Good job!

Christina Fischer said...

Oh WOW, Bethany -- this is truly gorgeous!! Love the layout, and your coloring is over-the-top!!

sophia landry said...

I love this card! Your coloring is fantastic and I love how you stepped out of your comfort zone to do something looser. Wonderful!

Gina K. said...

That card totally rocks!! I love all those different colored apples! So great!!!

joslyn said...

love love this card. great colors, layout, and love the image.

Leslie Miller said...

I think I'm that linear kind of stamper, too. In fact, I've mentioned that in stamping conversations before. I chastise myself for it sometimes. I never really thought of that in regard to your cards, but we're the most critical of our own work, aren't we? I guess there's nothing wrong with linear. It's just another style and, gee, if everyone stamped in circles and free flowing lines then we'd be saying "I wish I could discipline myself to be more linear". I love your new card, though, and it's fun to step outside our boxes sometimes!

Joan B said...

Wow, this is stunning. That basket of apples looks real and I love the new layout.