Monday, August 22, 2016

Paisleys and Posies for the Pals

Well, I got out my new Paisleys and Posies stamp set* yesterday with the intention of making a nice warm and inviting fall card, but I ended up going in a totally different direction! As I sat there staring at all the beautiful paisley shapes, I felt like I just didn't quite know how to put them all together to make a design that I wanted. I didn't really know what design I was looking for. I thought about all the paisley prints I had seen in my life and you know what came to mind most often? Neckerchiefs! That's right! The western style bandannas worn by all the good cowpokes out on the range. And hippies... all the hippies wore them, too! I wore them during the sixties!

So what emerged was a western design, with the paisleys featured on a bandanna! It roughly (ahem) fits the sketch from Pals Paper Arts Challenge this past week:

Some of the products I used for this card are current products and some are sneak peeks of products you will find in the up-coming Holiday Catalogue.

  • I used Real Red cardstock to make the bandanna, using my Stampin' Trimmer to cut in in roughly the shape I wanted, then rounding corners with the Project Life Corner Rounding Punch and making the neck curve using one of the Layering Oval dies. I arranged some of the Paisley and Posies* stamps on a large clear mount base and stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on the red cardstock. Then I filled in any gaps with a couple of the smaller designs.
  • With a Blender Pen and some White Craft Ink I added some white highlights to the paisleys on the bandanna. It really reminds me of the ones I used to wear.
  • I was dying to try out the new Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder* and originally thought that I would just have the bandanna sit over that used on some Very Vanilla cardstock. But when I added the boots and the sentiment on the Very Vanilla as well, there wasn't enough contrast. I decided to just use a strip of the Cable Knit* embossed paper on top of some of the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack* paper, which looks very western as well and that added the colour difference I needed.
  • The boots are from the Country Living stamp set in the Annual Catalogue and I used a Blender Pen with some Soft Suede and Crumb Cake ink to shade them in. The sentiment is from the Paisley and Posies stamp set* and is stamped in the Memento ink. The bottom part of this is trimmed with the Stampin Trimmer, but the boots at the top are hand snipped. Some White Thick Baker's Twine was coiled and added behind the boots for an addition touch of western charm.
*New Products from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2016.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List

Paisleys and Posies stamp set*, Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder*, Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack*

*New Products from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue, available for purchase Sept. 1, 2016.

1 comment :

  1. o.k. - this is BRILLIANT! You did an AMAZING JOB and way to go for thinking out of the box! Hands down, I now need this stamp set - the colors, the patterned paper choice...everything is WOW - over the top! Many thanks for sharing your talent this week with the challenge!


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