Thursday, September 12, 2013

Grateful Hearts ~ September Unity {be inspired} Challenge - Color/Layout

Welcome to my first blog post!  I have chosen the Unity September "Grateful Hearts" {be inspired} challenge to share with you all today.  To be honest, I am not an avid challenge submitter, too much pressure, notorious procrastinator, indecisive design - etc, etc.  Deb has been not-so-subtly hinting that I need to break the blog in and post something. Here goes...

For this challenge, we needed to follow a specific color palette and/or layout as show below.  The colors selected this month are fantastic, earthy, warm and so relaxing and calm.

I have tons of Unity stamps at home, and I encourage anyone out there to check them out if you haven't seen them before.  Choices, choices - but in the end I chose a nature set call Gratitude = Joy as it seemed most appropriate for the topic this month.   Here is the finished card.....

Not too bad for my first challenge in a LONG time.  Perhaps not the best photo as I see there is a little bit of distortion in the center.  Will try to clean up my photography techniques for the next one!!

Construction Details: 
Stamp Set: Gratitude = Joy
Paper: Stampin' Up! Barely Banana, Cool Carribean & River Rock, Vellum
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
Miscellaneous: Sizzix embossing folder,  embossing powder, bleach, ribbon, etc.

I first started out stamping the leaf pattern on the background paper using the basic bleach technique which yielded the fantastic barely banana color on the paper.  Then I ran it through the quilted embossing folder to give the background some texture.  Using the frayed burlap distress ink, I inked across the background to give it a 3 dimensional look.

To make the vellum piece I stamped the willow/ leaf stamp in the distress ink and embossed with detail clear embossing powder.  Halved the ribbon lengthwise & wrapped it around the matted background.  Added the pin + beads & button along with the metal embellishment from my stash. 

I hope you enjoyed this!  It was a lot of fun to do!!


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