Monday, February 22, 2010

We're The Perfect Pear...



It's no secret that my favorite color is green. I love all shades of green--but honestly, I tend to really love the odd end of the scale--olive, chartreuse and lime. Last night while keeping tabs on the all-absorbing Winter Olympics from Vancouver, I worked on this card. I was ready for something Spring-y and Kermit-y.

The base cardstock is Papertrey Ink cut at 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scored at 4 1/4" with the Scor-Pal. I used my Stampin' Up! ticket corner punch to shape the card. All along, I knew I wanted to make this wonderful Unity Stamp Co. pear stamp the focal point of my card. But, I also knew I was going to need "something" more to keep the card from swallowing up the stamped image.

I stamped the image with a Versamark pad onto Stampin' Up! Whisper White cardstock and then heat embossed it with a fine black embossing powder. I used my Stampin' Write markers to color the embossed image and then trimmed around it. (TIP: I found through trial and error that sometimes using Copic markers to color a heat embossed image is a bit tricky. The alcohol based ink can tend to smear some embossing powders, putting unsightly black streaks into your coloring. However, the Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write markers do not smear any embossing powders that I have tried thus far.)

To set-off my pear image, I decided to use a Cricut cut from the 'Picturesque' cartridge. I chose a swirled tag image cut at 4" from some dark green textured Bazzill cardstock. I used another piece of Papertrey Ink pear colored cardstock to create a backing shadow cut for the open swirl tag. For the hole in the top of the tag, I chose a polka dotted Making Memories brad, cut off the backing prongs, and used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere it to the tag. Finally, I found a piece of scrap Stampin' Up! designer series paper in a green houndstooth pattern and cut it down to creat a horizontal mat to break up the tag and add another layer of visual interest. Now, it was time to put everything together using my ATG714 adhesive gun.






After I finished the card, I was getting ready to pull and envelope and a poly storage bag to file it away. But, I decided to try something a bit different--and I have to say I really like this idea for presentation purposes. Instead of using an envelope, I chose a glassine envelope/pouch to put my card in. It fits perfectly and I love the fact that you can see some of the card detail through the glassine paper. I picture this stuck in a wicker basket of fresh Bartlett pears as a wonderful neighbor/housewarming gift.





As always, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by and see what's crafting on my blog. Wherever the day takes you, I hope you have a pear-fect one....

Keep Crafting!

10 comments:

Ohhh Snap said...

Ohhhhhhhh, I love those greens, especially houndstooth and the glassine!! It's a lovely card. TFS : )

Probably no surprise that I love to wrap my sandwiches in wax paper lol.

Jeanette T. said...

I like this card. Very cute. TFS

Sharon said...

Wonderful card!! Love the greens and that pear is just great! :)

Ladybug said...

Albert, that card is simply adorable. Love the colours/patterns you chose!! TFS!

flowerdisco said...

very nice colors and the pair; what a great job you did on it.

Kristie said...

I really love the way the swrily cut sets off the pear on the card. Great idea!!!

ShawnfromMN said...

Love this card and your choices of colors - so bright! Trying hard to think Spring in Minnesota

KateB said...

hi-am new to the blog via way of Julene...and I love how you aren't afraid to use colors AND patterns (that coordinate not all matchy matchy)...hope you'll let me feature you on my blog since I'm looking to do a feature on guys that craft!

KateB
http://kateblue.blogspot.com/

Micki said...

I do love the colours that you used. It's lovely!
Micki

Jana said...

My favorite color is green too. So naturally I just love this.

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