Today’s Bloggers’ Challenge was to use this photo as inspiration. At first, I had a tough time picturing anything…the rust tones of this bedspread bring fall colors to mind instead of spring that I’m wishing for. But, then I thought the Damask background from the new Texturz plates would be perfect for this Challenge. And, I remembered a technique from Technique Junkies that is called Cuttlebug Smoosh…I just changed it to use the Texturz plates! That is the background for my card. (Technique class – will be doing this next month!) I started with a base card of Really Rust, then layered on the Smooshed Blush Blossom/Damask layer.
One of the Control Freaks swaps I received from Alice Erickson used the Sale-A-Bration set, Botanical Blooms, in a vase. (You can get this set FREE with a $50 purchase…order online here! #113812 and don’t forget to add it to your order!)
I thought I’d recreate Alice’s vase idea, but changed the vase up a little by using the Large Oval punch and, of course, different colors and arrangement. I stamped the Really Rust "vase" with the same outline flower stamp that I used for the bouquet and sponged around the edges with Chocolate Chip ink. On Blush Blossom cardstock, I stamped Really Rust flowers and Old Olive leaves. This was all layered on Really Rust cardstock. Finally, I punched the slot punch on the bottom left and ran the ribbon around the Damask layer and tied with a knot. I tried adding various other things…but everything I tried took away from the Damask background, so I left it simple.
I think it is pretty close to the Inspiration piece, don’t you?
Set: Botanical Blooms (FREE Sale-A-Bration set)
C/S: Really Rust, Blush Blossom
Inks: Really Rust, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Other: Big Shot Texturz plate, 5/8 Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, slot punch, Large Oval punch, sponge dauber, dimensionals