Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Die-Namites Photo Inspiration and Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends... 
Today I'm sharing my take on the Die-Namites Inspiration Challenge!

 I love fall and all the lovely colors. So I chose to mimic the inspiration photos' deep rich colors and earthy feel. I also loved the woodgrain background so I kept that in mind when designing my card.

For my project I  I chose to make a 5"x7" sized card. I really loved that woodgrain as a background so I embossed with my Teresa Collins Woodgrain Cottage embossing folder a 4 3/4"x 6 3/4" mat.

I shaded the raised embossed image and cut a 4 7/8"x 5 7/8" piece of white cardstock to layer it over.

Then, I ran both pieces through my Xyron Creative Station.

I used Die-Namites Budding Vine and Beautiful Flowers Dies as my focal point.


   Beautiful Flowers

You don't need leaf dies to replicate the the challenge photo. Unlike the inspiration photo, I currently do not have any leaf dies (which I need to remedy... there's no such thing as too many dies if you ask me). So, instead, I opted to use my floral dies and shade them in deep oranges and reds. For me, the fast and easiest way to color and shade is airbrushing... I rarely bring out sponge daubers and ink pads anymore.

I airbrushed my flowers using an eBrush machine and orange, red, green, and brown Sharpies. 

Then I ran that piece through my Xyron 3" Sticker Maker.

And layered it over another flower die-cut I cut out of chipboard that I painted white with gesso.

Speaking of gesso...

I love how painting the buds on the Budding Vines with gesso makes them look a whole lot like pussy willows... don't you think so?!

I also love the metallic element in the inspiration photo too... but instead of wrapping my flowers I chose to mount my flowers over a bit of gold cord I looped into a circle. For a little more shine a sprinkled a bit of metallic sequins throughout.

I used an EK Success Lattice Punch for the decorative strip in the center and layered over an orange strip of cardstock, and matted over white.

Then I flicked a little bit of gesso onto my card with a paintbrush.

Once that dried, I stamped my sentiment from Pink and Main's Thankful set.

Then I fishtailed it with my scissors, added a foam dot in the center to raise the middle, and tacked down the ends with my Xyron Mega Runner.

I think this card definitely screams FALL!!

I hope you enjoyed my card and that it inspires you to join in on our Halloween/ Fall Challenge!! Enter your projects and you can win a $25 voucher to the Die-Namites website!!

For more info (details, rules, and/or to link your fabulous "Challenge" projects) click HERE!

I can't wait to see all the wonderful entries!!

Until next time...

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