Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tip Top Vintage Leaves PP305

It's another week at The Paper Players and the lovely LeAnne has an awesome sketch challenge for us.  Sketch challenges are my favorite as I always find the layout of the card the most difficult part of the design process.  With a sketch challenge, it's already done for you!  Here's LeAnne's sketch:
It's a fun one, right?!  Lots of different options for it.  I've been feeling a little mojo-less so despite the great sketch I was struggling.  I think it's because I [still] haven't ordered any new SU goodies--I know gasp--and am feeling less than inspired.  I went looking for some inspiration and found these pretty colors at Create with Connie & Mary:
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I also saw a prety card in the SU catalog that used the Vintage Leaves set (still a favorite) and suddenly I had an idea!  So this card was born:
I will never tire of this stamp set.  First, because the leaves are gorgeously detailed but secondly, because it is photopolymer (totally clear) and I love those!  I also like experiementing with the leaves in unexpected colors like these. 
 
The Dapper Denim base was stamped with two different leaves from the set in the same color ink.  I love this kind of tone-on-tone stamping.  It adds so much interest to the background without the bulk of  layers or embossing.  There's some added speckles in Tip Top Taupe from the Timeless Textures stamp set--a must for great backgrounds and accents!
 The biggest leaf (I think it's a maple?) was stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink onto Mint Macaron cardstock and cut with the coordinating Leaflets dies.  I scored the leaf and folded it in mountain/valley for added dimension.  I wanted to pull in the Dapper Denim from the card base but didn't have any ribbon in that color.  So.....I dyed a piece of Linen Thread using a cotton ball and my Dapper Denim ink pad!  Just held the thread on the ink pad with a cotton ball and pulled it across the ink.  Do that a few times, let it sit while you make the rest of the card and voila!  Dyed-to-match Linen Thread!
The inside is color coordinated with more Tip Top Taupe leaves and Mint Macaron leaves.  See how gorgeous the lines of these leaves are?  If you don't already have this set and coordinating Leaflets, you really must get it!

And...you really must go check out the rest of the inspiration from our Paper Players Design Team.  Always so much eye candy on display!  We hope you'll play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, July 29 at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!

The Paper Players Design Team
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16 comments:

Joanne James said...

Well for someone who's lost her mojo this is another awesome card Nance! This is a set I was in two minds about, yet once I'd bought it found it's become one of my most cherished and most used! Great for one sheet wonders and I love that it's clear too! Anyways, this fabby card - I love the paper you used for the vertical panel and the textured circle and a great tip about the custom-dyed thread - I never think to do that! A great card for both challenges (don't forget to link up to Create With Connie and Mary!)

LeAnne said...

I love these unexpected colors as well as all the interest and texture you've got going on here! What a great tip about dying the thread too...I've dyed seam binding but never thought to do thread! TFS!

Lisa Martz said...

Oh my goodness if this isn't beautiful! Lost your mojo? I don't think so! Reminds me of a cool, crisp fall day! Just stunning! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie and Mary color challenge this week!

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert said...

Beautiful! I love that you stamped the Mint Macaron leaf with the Tip Top Taupe ink. I love all the different elements on your card and how they all blend together so perfectly. THank you for stamping along with the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.

Chris Slogar said...

What a fabulous combination of textures and patterns! I didn't expect leaves from these colors, but your card has me sold on them! Beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Create with Connie and Mary!

Tracy May said...

I love your card! A great way to use the colours in the challenge and I love how you've teamed them up with the sketch challenge too! Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie & Mary this week!

Linda Callahan said...

Wow this is so beautifully detailed! Great colors, texture and oh all that stamping! Love it!

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance this is so pretty. Love it... the deep blue and layout are both FAB. Hugs

Jenny Engelke said...

This is so lovely, Nance! The outside is gorgeous, but I love all the stamping on the inside! What a nice little surprise when you open the card! Thanks for playing along with us at Create with Connie and Mary!

libbystamps said...

OOOOHHHHHH, this is a BEAUTIFUL card! I love the way you combined the two sketches, but I also love how you used the colors. This is just a wonderful card! Thanks for playing along with Create with Connie and Mary this week!

Connie Babbert said...

Wow...love how you were inspired! Gorgeous card, love the layout and the non-traditional colors for leaves! Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this time on Create with Connie and Mary!

Mary Brown said...

Oh...this is just so BEAUTIFUL Nance! I love the beautiful use of the colors on the leaves and the layout is just delightful. Love the use of the leaves behind your panel. Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

Jaydee said...

Nance, so much wonderful texture on your card. You layered it beautifully - from the embossed leaves on the background layer all the way through to the button and twine. gorgeous
hugs
jaydee

Claire Broadwater said...

Nance, your beautiful card makes me longggg for Fall. I just love this blue background! Every detail is fabulous! The dyed thread is just perfect! You certainly made me smile with this gorgeous creation, My Friend! XX

Colleen Begley said...

Beautiful card, Nance! Love the colors and how you've used them for the leaves. I love leaf sets too! They will never be "untrendy" in the paper crafting world, LOL.

Nancy said...

Another gorgeous card Nance, love the big leaf and the blue colors, so eye catching.