Friday, September 4, 2009

Stamping 411 - Saturday Sketch Challenge #SSC115

Welcome to our 15th week of Saturday Sketch Challenges! As one of the Operators over at Stamping 411 I know I speak for all of us when I say, we are so glad you are checking in each week and playing along with our fun, easy sketches!

Speaking of, here is the sketch for this week:

And here is my take on it:
I was inspired by the fall-like weather in Virginia this week, it has been so gorgeous here, bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds and just a little 'nip' in the air at night and in the mornings. I like to wrap up in a blanket and drink my morning coffee on the deck as the sun comes up - that's a start to a perfect fall morning for me!

Anyway, I started my card with a piece of Naturals Ivory 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock, cut in half to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". This was folded in half to make a finished card base of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

I then inked up the oak leaf cluster stamp from the Lovely As a Tree stamp set with Basic Brown ink and random stamped it all over the card front. Then I used my Sponge Daubers to rub ink from the Really Rust, Crushed Curry and Close to Cocoa ink pads on the leaf clusters. Then, I took my Aqua Painter and dipped it in a bit of Taken with Teal re-inker and brushed it lightly over certain leaf areas. I allowed the cardstock to get pretty moist and as it dried, it curled up a bit, giving it the rustic feel. The water from the Aqua Painter also caused the rubbed colors to run together a bit - my desired effect.

Next, I used the new Jumbo Texture Wheel inked with Close to Cocoa and rolled it all across the card base. Lastly, I used a Stampin' Sponge and rubbed it on all the edges and lightly across the card. Basically I created my own Designer Paper/Cardstock.

For my middle layers, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 3 1/4"x 3 1/2" and stamped the Tres Chic Background on it in Really Rust ink. The oak leaf cluster was stamped on it as well in Close to Cocoa ink, but only after inking it and stamping off 3 times on scrap paper to lighten the image. Then I ran it through my Big Shot with the woodgrain texture plate. Next, it was sponged all over and on the edges with Close to Cocoa ink. The cardstock layer under it is Really Rust cardstock cut at 3 1/2" x 3 3/4" .

For my focal point, I chose to use Chocolate Chip cardstock for my border layer. It's cut at 2 1/4" x 5". The sentiment is stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 2" x 4 3/4". It's from the new Hard to Say stamp set and stamped in Close to Cocoa ink.

Next I layered a piece of Really Rust cardstock cut at 2"x 4 3/4". It's torn and distressed with the Distressing Edger in the Cutter Kit. I've also inked the edge with more Close to Cocoa ink.

The top layer is a piece of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper cut at 1 1/2" x 4 3/4". It too is torn across and inked with Close to Cocoa before being layered with SNAIL adhesive. I then inked the entire piece with Close to Cocoa and a Stampin' Sponge.

The final touch is done with a Mini Library Clip that has a small piece of Linen Thread tied in an easy bow through the top. It's just clipped to the Really Rust cardstock to the left of the sentiment to accent it.

I really hope you've enjoyed the project today. I haven't done much vintage-y stamping lately and I've missed it. It's one of my favorite styles and it feels good to be working there again. Leave me some comment love and tell me what you think! And then....head on over to Stamping 411 to see what the other operators have created for your viewing pleasure. They are a fantastic group of stampers and I'm so honored to be working with them!

Have a great Labor Day weekend, everyone!



  1. This is super cute.. i love your color scheme here.. Really feels rustic and fall.

  2. Wow Robin! I love the colors going on in this card. It's feeling like Fall here too (esp at night). The library clip is the perfect touch to finish off the card.

    Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

  3. Beautiful, the vintage feel to do that style well!

  4. I love everything about this!!! The color, the composition, the little touches....everything. Great job!!! It's so shabby chic'!

  5. Hi Robin -- wow -- this card is just fabulous! I love all the distressing and the different colors and images. Great job! Blessings, Gretchen


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