Yippee! I was chosen as a Splitcoast CAS Guest Designer for the fall, and this week is my week! It was based on a super sketch by kstamper, a card that was already in my faves (love the hand drawn cord border and the wonderful "glow" she sponged around the bulbs). I was a bit stumped when I sat down to make a card, so I asked my DH for some ideas. He suggested using a branch in place of the bulbs, and then this card resulted (ok, to be honest, two and half fails resulted first, and then this card):
This card makes me want to put on my fall boots! I started by masking the left side of the card with a 3/4 inch border. I also masked off part of the top, just so I could eyeball the top leaves to break the border. I used PTI's Out on a Limb stamp set, and I found it easier (read: fail number one) to stamp the leaves first and then the branch. I used SU Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, and Really Rust classic ink for the leaves, and Really Rust for the branches.
The set also comes with individual leaves, so I stamped four of those falling from the tree. I tried to be really artsy (read: fail number two) and have one of the leaves be behind the sentiment, but it ended up looking better just above the sentiment. After stamping the PTI Vintage Picnik Sentiments sentiment (ha) in Pumpkin Pie, I used a ruler and SU Really Rust marker to draw the border. Fail 2.5 involved the left side not being lined up perfectly, so some of the branches came out the other side of the border. As Ben Franklin once said, "When life gives you branches outside of the border, just make your border thicker." Such a wise man, that Ben.
The airplanes flying in formation are also from Tiny Treats, stamped on Riding Hood Red with Crystal Effects applied (a little silver and pink prismacolor pencils, too). I threaded one piece of brown and white twine through the eyelets and tied the planes on, so you can pull one down and the other will go up.
I hope you're inspired to try the sketch out this week! Thanks again to the fabulous CAS DT team for picking me as a guest designer!
(Random blog question: do you need/like/want the in-depth description of the card making? Or should I assume I'm dealing with fairly well-educated stampers that can figure most things out on their own, besides a few supplies and such? I always say I'm not going to write a novel about a card, and then I end up with War and Peace. I teach teenagers, so seriously, you can't hurt my feelings with your opinion on the matter!)