I used a special "X" fold for this card because it added dimension and spotlights the action. I thought the wonderful Floral Romance Specialty Designer paper would be perfect for the card and so I took all my greens from the paper. The hardest thing about the card, I will admit, was the fussy-cutting I chose to do along the left side of the card. I wanted those leaves hanging over the opening and love the effect, don't you?
For the base of my card I used the Mossy Meadow cardstock. I love the way it compliments the other colours and also gives a real "out-in-the-woods" feel to the card. For the narrow panel I made a background using my re-inkers and some of my Brushos. It looked like moving water--perfect for the die-cut fisherman.
For my fish I wound up using two layers. The top layer is vellum onto which I've heat embossed the trout using silver embossing powder. Then I used my Stampin' Blends to colour both the front and back of the vellum. I found that intensified the colour, which I was hoping it would. The second layer isn't stamped at all, but is merely a piece of Whisper White which I've also die-cut with the same die. It really helps the colours to "pop".
The reeds and grasses are included among the dies in this bundle but don't have a stamp to go with it. I found it was easy to colour the grasses and reeds using my Stampin' Markers. The cattails have an extra glow thanks to my Wink of Stella.
Finishing off, I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White, cut it out with my 1" punch and then mounted it on a square of Mossy Meadow, cut with the smallest of my Stitched Squares.
And let's not forget that the talented Sandie Munro is our Guest Designer this week as well. Check out her work and the wonderful creations by the Watercooler Artists over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.
I've also entered this creation in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenges #382 - Anything Goes
The Male Room #102 - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too #145 - Anything Goes
What a stunning masculine card. Love how you've created as a X-fold card. Thanks for playing along with us at The Male Room. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.ReplyDelete
I LOVE this card.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful masculine card you have created Gail! The colors and details are wonderful! Thank you for joining us at The Male Room Challenge! Looking forward to seeing your projects in our future galleries!ReplyDelete
This is fabulous. Love the dimension and the 'jumping' fish, it really highlights the action. Thanks so much for playing along at The Male Room craft challenge. Good Luck!ReplyDelete
HI there, Your card is awesome! I especially like the X fold. Is the fold also called something else I have been trying to search for it or do you know how I can find the directioins? I must admidt I am stumped. Thank you for your great card!ReplyDelete
I've added the sketch for the pattern to my post and hope that helps, Gloria. Thanks for the great comments.Delete
I am amazed at all the details in this card, and could look at it forever. Guess I am going to have to give it a try and case it, but your's is fabulous! Love the X design, and would have liked to see it closed, too.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for the wonderful comments. I've included a photo of the card held closed as well so that you can see it the size it would be to fit into a regular envelope.Delete
Can't find X card anywhere. Could you point me to a tutorial please. Love your card!ReplyDelete
Hi Jenny, I've added the sketch for the pattern to my post. I hope it helps you to try out this fun fold. Thanks for the wonderful compliment. :)Delete