Saturday, January 24, 2015
Waffle Flower Challenge - 1 Hello, Friend
"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want."
---------------Joseph Wood Krutch
I am here with the first of two cards that I made for a fabulous challenge from Waffle Flower.
Here's the photo inspiration. Isn't that an awesome color palette??? I was just fascinated with these deep rich colors. They are so different from what I usually use that I couldn't resist giving them a try!
My card is a big departure from my regular style of layers of papers and lots of embossing. Awhile back, I found two plastic French curve tools for a dime a piece at our local thrift store. I couldn't pass them up because I knew I could use them somehow, eventually. Ha! (The "somehow, eventually" justification is why my stash is overflowing!!!)
The other day, I had this idea to use one of these tools to draw a graceful curve across a card front and informally stamp small images following the curve. When I saw the interesting palette for this challenge, I knew I wanted to give this idea a try using these colors.
I knew I wanted to use a solid heart as one of the little images, but looked in my stash and couldn't find a suitable stamp. I did have one from a cheapo thrift store grab bag with a circle around the heart, though. So, throwing caution to the wind, I carved off the circle with my utility knife and had the heart I wanted.
A previous owner apparently stamped this with some kind of paint that left a wavy residue and wouldn't wash off. I didn't realize that it would show up when I used it, but it does.....and I totally love the texture it adds!!! In the photo below, you might notice that during my carving, I accidentally took a small chunk out of the heart...OOPS! But, you know what? I LOVE how that looks, too. :)
My other little images are from a discontinued Clear Dollar Stamps set called Blooming Bouquet. To go with my informal look, I used Distress Inks for stamping: Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Chipped Sapphire, and Stormy Sky. The lovely scripty sentiment is from Inky Antics - Script Sentiments #1 that I also stamped in Aged Mahogany. I wanted to keep the clean look to this card, so I made a very narrow mat with some deep blue Core'dinations cardstock.
So what do you think??? Is this a style I should try more often? I really love the graceful and casual look of the little images stamped on the curve. It almost might make a CAS girl out of me....at least some of the time! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by. I have another card for this same Waffle Flower challenge, so I will see you soon! Have a lovely rest of the weekend!!!
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration Challenge January 12-25, 2015
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Have a Heart
3. Add a Little Dazzle - Dazzling Diva Challenge #59 - Music or Anything Goes
4. Vandicrafts Artistry Challenge - January 2015 - Anything Goes