Sunday, 20 July 2014

An Open Heart, Hardwood and Burlap---Oh Yeah!

Burlap makes such an impact on a card.  When you add a background of Hardwood, they make an amazing team.

I've created this card to enter three challenges.  Yes, three!  The first is a sketch challenge and, even though the sketch is simple, it allows so many possibilities:
The second is a colour challenge but instead of suggesting several colours, this challenge is simply for a Monochromatic theme:


The third challenge is for "anything goes" with the proviso that there be a 3-D element on the card and/or a background stamp:


I had already decided to use the bird from the new An Open Heart stamp set, burlap, and a base of Early Espresso.  To go along with the Monochromatic theme, I stayed within the Neutrals, adding some Very Vanilla and Baked Brown Sugar to the colours.  To take some of the starkness away from the Very Vanilla, I used the Hardwood background stamp and stamped the cardstock with Baked Brown Sugar ink after off-stamping once.  I also stamped the sentiment in Baked Brown Sugar but did not off-stamp.

For the 3-D aspect I used Dimensionals to adhere the Early Espresso layer to the Burlap Ribbon (which already had dimension to it anyway) and then also on the banners and on the bird (cutting the Dimensionals into skinny enough pieces for the beak and the feet was a challenge in itself).

I think this card could easily be for either a masculine birthday or occasion (with a change of sentiment) or even for a general-style card.  It's pretty unisex, overall.


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18 comments:

  1. Such a nice card. I haven't made one with hessian before - yours looks good

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle. The burlap makes a great embellishment for nature cards. I've used it quite a bit with the Wetlands stamp set as well.

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  2. Terrific neutral colors! Your bird focal image is lovely. So glad you shared your creation at The Paper Players.

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    1. Thank you very much, Andrea. It's the first time I've used the bird from this stamp set and it won't be the last.

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  3. Lovely creation! That bird is fabulous! Thanks for playing with our monochromatic challenge this week!

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    1. Thank you so much, LeAnne. I really enjoyed your challenge.

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  4. Love the pairing of the burlap with the Woodgrain background. How fun with the bird image. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. I love working with the Burlap Ribbon, even when I have to push two pieces together to get more width.

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  5. Love the texture with the burlap, and that bird is amazing! Thanks for joining us this week at Paper Players!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. I really enjoy your challenges.

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  6. Love the way you used the sketch. This gorgeous rustic look is so wonderful for any gender. So pretty or so handsome? Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy. I really enjoyed making this card. Your challenges are always fun.

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  7. Heidi, this card is fabulous, and the coloring on your bird is just wow! I agree that it could be used as a masculine or feminine card...now that's hard to accomplish in my book! Thanks for sharing with us at the Friday Mashup.
    Sara

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    1. Thank you very much, Sara. I love that bird and will be using it in more designs, I'm sure. I really enjoyed your challenge.

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  8. Great job combining challenges, Heidi! I love how you colored the bird and the bit of burlap adds so much texture. Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandy. I really enjoyed your challenge.

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  9. Wonderful card, Heidi! I love the touch of burlap with the rustic wood. You bird is colored beautifully! Way to rock all three challenges...Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

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    1. Thank you, Nance. You're very good for my ego. :)

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