Thursday, October 25, 2012

Simple Hello

Here’s my card for the current Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect challenge. I took my inspiration from the photo’s color scheme and simple outline images and used those elements to create this card.

I heat embossed the tree image from the Gently Seasoned set, using white embossing powder against a gray background. I made a few attempts at embossing the bird in yellow, too, but couldn’t get as bright a color as I wanted, so in the end, I embossed the bird on a scrap of yellow cardstock and cut it out, then added it to the tree. It’s hard to see in the photo, but I used a dot of Silver Pearl Liquid Pearls to make a tiny eye on the embossed image.

The rest of the card is very simple. I matted the image to copy the look of the framed picture in the inspiration photo. Instead of using a piece of yellow cardstock, I used a piece of colored paper from a Carta Bella paper pad. The new paper pads include coordinating solids and they’re perfect for layering. Once all the layers were in place, I stamped the “hello” sentiment from the Chit Chat set in gray ink on a white notch ended strip and added that to the card, accenting it with a piece of knotted white ribbon.

I can't wait for the next challenge to start--it will be my first official one as a member of the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge team!

Materials Used:
from i {heart} papers: Paper Smooches Gently Seasoned and Chit Chat stamp sets, Tsukineko Memento Gray Flannel ink, Carta Bella Traditions 6x6 paper pad, Ranger Silver Pearl Liquid Pearls, May Arts white ribbon 

Other: Barely Banana, Basic Gray, Basic Black, and Whisper White cardstock, Winter White and Crystal Clear embossing powders (Stampin’ Up!); Vivid Straw ink (Clearsnap)


  1. This is just stunning Lori - FAB design & colour combo!

  2. So cute, Lori! The little bird is just precious:) CONGRATULATIONS on making the team! I can't wait to see your creations, I always love your work :)

  3. I love your take on the sketch! Thanks for playing along with the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge and congrats on making the new Sparks DT!!

  4. OHHHHH! I love that little birdie in that tree! FAB take on this inspirational photo:) THANKS so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge:)


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