This weeks sketch challenge form Can You Case It offered endless possibilities.   With it’s wide open space and the sentiment going vertical.   I knew what colors I wanted to do and I knew I wanted to incorporate some watercolors into the card.  So I finally decided on going natural with a pop of color.   As I was working on my design it just wasn’t there, so I thought and thought about it and figured out that I could use my homemade gold watercolors and add in more interest and a pop of bling to match my gold embossed sentiment.

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 Here was the sketch for this weeks Challenge.

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Steps for Creating this Card:

  1. Cut a Piece of Early Espresso or any dark color cardstock to 4 1/4 by 11 score at 5 1/2.  While you have the trimmer out go ahead and cut a piece of the same color cardstock to 2″ x 4 1/4
  2. Stamp your images,  I am using the Cheer All Year Stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.  Since I wanted this to be a fall card I used the feather stamps.   I started with the shaded feather(the ones that is just lines) using Chocolate Chip Classic Ink.   Next I stamped the other feather using Early Espresso.  Set this aside and let it dry completely.
  3. I took my strip and used versamark ink and stamped the Thankful stamp from the hostess set Six Sayings, embossed it in Gold.
  4. At this point I came back and layered my pieces together.   I added some gold watercolors that I made.   If you are interested in learning how to make this watercolor leave me a comment I will will do a tutorial on it.  I added the gold watercolor on the feather that I stamped using early espresso.   I also added some lines using my Uni-ball Signo Gold pen, then add a little more sparkle with my Wink-o-Stella clear pen.
  5. To finish off my card I added a strip of 1/8 Gold Ribbon on top of the seam to give the effect of a seamless card.

This is a great stamp set for three different seasons.  I have used it a lot this year.    I love the big bold images and it’s great for background stamping.

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You can really see in the close up how these stamps work great for backgrounds, as well as focal images.

Make sure you go over to Can You Case It #CYCI94 and check out all the great entrees into this weeks challenge.   I will see you tomorrow with another Challenge.

Happy Stampin’


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