Monday 7 July 2014

All this scratching is making me itch

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week is "from scratch".  I make a lot of cards and I always use pre-scored 5x5 square cards that come with envelopes.  I decided that for this project I'd make my card from scratch, in a different size (bye-bye comfort zone!) and make my own envelope too.  Why not enter the challenge yourself?  What will you make from scratch?  An embellishment?  Your own patterned paper or a card like I did?  I'm sure you're brimming with creative ideas!  Remember, you could be the winner of a $50 voucher to shop at Simon Says Stamp!

My card is 6.5" x 4.5" (ok, so maybe not a million miles outside of my comfort zone, but far enough!)  I believe this is called an A2 card to our American friends (happy Independance Day for the other day btw).  I started out with a 9" x 6.5" piece of shattered Kraft-core card, which I scored and folded.

I've used a few recent stamp purchases here, the first of which was Tim Holtz's Artful Tools set.  I stamped the rulers with black archival ink and spritzed it with water before applying several colours of distress paint and drying it with my heat tool.  Hero Arts Winter Trees is another new stamp to me and I stamped it with black archival and painted the sky with a water brush and Stormy Sky distress ink.  The quote from Tim's Random Quotes set was the perfect shape to sit nicely on a torn piece of card.  I assembled the card using my trusty ATG gun and finished it off with the cute couple from Tim's Custom Fasteners set.  To be honest, I'm gutted to have used them because I've hoarded that particular image for a long time until I finally decided that if I kept it any longer I'd just never use it!

Of course, any card needs an envelope to go with it, and thanks to the WeRMemory Keepers Envelope Punch board, making an envelope of just the right size was a breeze! :)

Supplies I used included:

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)


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Suzanne C said...

Beautiful card!

misteejay said...

Great card Dan. I love that Winter trees stamp - very effective.

Toni xx

Michelle said...

I love the trees with the stormy sky color. Beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Really really cool card! Love the trees and the sentiment is just perfection :)

Simon Says Stamp!

Linda Kunsman said...

this is such a wonderful card Dan! Love the winter trees stamp, and of course there's no better inspiration than a new stamp or product :)

canadian_liner said...

What a great stamp that "winter trees" is, and your collage card is lovely. I especially like the combo of that sentiment and the little photo of the couple.

barbarayaya62 said...

As always you interpret the challenge at your own way! And this is always so original and creative!BArbarayaya

Margik said...

Fantastic card!

Anna-Karin said...

Gorgeous card Dan! Love the tree stamp (I have it, but haven't inked it up yet).

Emma Williams said...

A great card Dan and I love that stamp...lovely interpretation of the theme!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I always enjoy the very artistic flair you bring to all of your projects. Blessings!

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