Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In the Weeds

Anyone that has worked in the restaurant industry (and probably other industries, too) is familiar with the phrase "In the weeds." You know...when you're super busy and falling a little behind. Well, this past week I was a little in the weeds, so I didn't post. Sorry about that. I'm really trying to get better. Cross my heart.

Anyway, in keeping with the "weeds" theme I thought I'd share a little number I put together this week that features the dandelion image from Papertrey's 2010 Anniversary set. I'm a big fan of dandelions and I was so happy when I finally found time to get this image onto a card.

I started by stamping a Kraft base with polka dots in Fresh Snow ink. Then I trimmed out a piece of Harvest Gold cardstock and die cut the edge with the Edger #1 die. I scored two parallel lines and tied a piece of ribbon between them. I really like using score lines to define a strip of ribbon like this. It just adds such a nice, crisp detail. That whole piece was then mounted to the base using foam tape.

Next, I cut a piece of white cardstock and stamped my dandelion foliage twice (once with Spring Moss ink and a second time with Ripe Avocado ink). The two colors of ink give the leaves and stems nice depth and texture. The puffs were then stamped in Lemon Tart and the sentiment was stamped in Dark Chocolate. That focal panel was then adhered to the Harvest Gold piece already on the base.

I wanted to add a little sparkle, but I didn't have quite the right color of rhinestone in my collection anywhere. My typical solution is to color a few clear rhinestones with a Sharpie (I haven't been sucked in to the vortex that is the Copic craze), but I didn't have quite the right color of marker either. After a few minutes of scowling I decided to try coloring with a "close-ish" marker and then I quickly tapped off some of the ink with my finger. I like to think the result is a pretty good match. A little glue and my card, complete with customized rhinestones, was finis!

I hope you've enjoyed today's card. Have a wonderful day!

Cardstock: Harvest Gold, Kraft - Papertrey Ink; white
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics 2, 2010 Anniversary Set (earned not sold) - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Fresh Snow, Lemon Tart, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink
Other: Edgers #1 die - Papertrey Ink; White ribbon - May Arts; Rhinestones; Sharpie; Scor-Pal