Monday, October 15, 2007

Basic Silhouettes

I apologize for the dark picture. It has been rainy and gloomy here for the past 2 days and the forecast is the same for the rest of the week. If the sun comes out a little bit, I'll try to get a better picture. Anyway - I just got Stem Silhouettes late last week so I wanted to try it out. I didn't have a lot of stamping time, so I decided to keep it fairly simple and used Beate's weekend sketch challenge for my layout.

I used a 4 1/4" square of Basic Grey for my card base. My focal image is a 2 3/4" square of Whisper White. I used the Reverse Masking technique to create a square of Basic Grey in the center and then stamped the stems twice in Basic Grey. I then stamped the stem again with Basic Grey on the stems and Purely Pomegranate on the buds. Since we don't have a Purely Pomegranate marker, I just used a blender pen to pick up ink from the pad to color directly on the stamp. I then used my Versamark pen on the buds and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder to make them stand out a little more. This piece was then layered on a 2 7/8" square of Basic Black and a 3 1/8" square of Purely Pomegranate. After layering, I added the Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon and the 2 brads. The brads are from Target's $1 spot and coordinate very well with Purely Pomegranate. Some of the other brads in the package coordinate nicely with Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue. Unfortunately, there are only 2 of each in a package. I did buy 2 packages when I picked these up a few weeks ago, but maybe I'll have to see if Target has any left and pick up a few more.

After adding the focal image to my card base, I stamped the sentiment "Blessings brighten when we count them" to the bottom of the card in Basic Grey and added a line of paper piercing right above the sentiment.

I didn't really give this set a second look when I first saw the Holiday mini, and even after it went on sale last month I was still planning to pass on it. I'm so glad I didn't though. I've seen such beautiful samples on SCS (of course), and I think it will be such a versatile set. I'm looking forward to playing with it more in the next week or so. And, I really love this color combo. I just got Basic Grey, and I think it goes so well with Purely Pomegranate.

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Stem Silhouettes
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Whisper White, Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate
Ink: Basic Grey, Purely Pomegranate, Versamark
Other: Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon, Brads (Target $1 Spot), Clear Embossing Powder

Technique: Reverse Masking


Flossie's Follies said...

This is such a pretty card, love the simplicity and elegance of it.

Melissa said...


Nancy Riley said...

BEAUTIFUL, Carol! The colors you chose are so very perfect!

Jenn D said...

This is gorgeous! What a great card.

Andrea said...

Beautiful card

beate said...

Oh...this is so pretty! Love how elegant it looks. Wonderful card! Hugs and smiles

beate said...

Oh...this is so pretty! Love how elegant it looks. Wonderful card! Hugs and smiles