Sunday, 15 September 2013

Thinking Of ... Wetlands

The challenge at SUO Challenges this week is to use your favorite technique.  I was talking to my mum on the phone the other day and she mentioned a technique I'd taught in a class quite a few years ago.  It's the Fossil Stone Technique.  I haven't done it for a while, but it is definitely a fave - it's so easy to do and the results are always a happy surprise!  I combined this challenge with the color challenge at Nacho Average Challenges and the Thinking of You challenge at Friday Mashup.



I made the fossil stone background without really knowing how I was going to use it.  I smooshed Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo inkpads into an acetate folder.  I wanted a softer look so I then spritzed with water before putting some Glossy White cardstock into the folder and pressing it with my fingers.  When I saw the finished pieces, I thought they looked beachy so pulled out my Wetlands set and some Soft Suede ink.  

The Island Indigo background piece and the banner piece are stamped with the World Map background stamp.

I used the current sketch from Mojo Monday for today's card.




Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a "Thinking of you or condolence card."
  2. Create a card/cards and "Donate it to a Charity or Organization of your choice."
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a "Thinking of you/Condolence Card and donate it to H.A.N.D.S via Heidi."

Products used:

Stamps:  Wetlands; World Map
Cardstock:  Glossy White; Basic Black; Island Indigo; Pear Pizzazz; Whisper White
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz; Island Indigo; Soft Suede
Accessories:  Linen Thread

Edited to Add:  This card was chosen as Top Nacho and Top Mashup Pick this week plus one of the Top 3 at SUO Challenges.

18 comments:

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Karren. The technique you used created a beautiful backdrop for your image ... have tried something similar using watercolor paper, but will try it with the glossy and see if the results are different. Love all the gorgeous Island Indigo paper - beautiful card. Loll xx

Tammy Fite said...

Wow!! What a great technique! And, the card is beautiful! Thanks for joining the Nachos this week!!

Kathya said...

Amazing card Karren! What a great technique to highlight the colors. Glad you joined us at Nacho Average, hope you will join us again.

Bronwyn Eastley said...

This looks like a fun technique to try. Love how it creates a beautiful background.

Jo said...

Beautiful card - just what I need to CASE for my brother & his wife, who suffered a recent very sad bereavement! Thanks for the inspiration Karren.

Yapha said...

That's a great technique, I hadn't seen it before! Gorgeous card. Great use of the colors. Thanks for joining us at Nacho Average Challenges!

Christy Lynn said...

Love your fossil stone background, it looks great with Wetlands. And I love the World Map BG on the Island Indigo cardstock, it's a subtle thing but oh so beautiful! Thanks for joining in the Nacho fun this week :)

Anne Hayward said...

This card instantly calms me. I can picture myself taking a quiet morning walk on the beach. Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with the Nachos.

Bonnie said...

Such a pretty background and so perfect for this stamp!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Karren, your card is just beautiful!I have this set and have yet to use it. You have inspired me to get it out. Congrats on being on the Merry Monday Design Team!

Heidi Baks said...

I love that background! It matches the stamp image perfectly. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

Shans Design Studio said...

Simply Beautiful! Great technique and I think you picked the perfect stamp. Nice use of both challenges. Thanks for joining us at Nacho Average Challenges and we hope to see you again soon. :)

Jenni Hogan said...

Great Card!! Thanks for playing along with us!!

Julie Gearinger said...

Love the Wetlands set and your Fossil Stone background is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing with us at SUO Challenges!

Bernadette Bliss said...

Karren, I just came over from Friday Mashup. Congratulations on your you Rocked honor!. This card is stunning. I love the technique you used it fits so perfectly with the image. I hope you won't mind me casing it sometime in the future. Bernadette

Karen Barber said...

STUNNING card - seriously a WOW creation!!

Connie said...

So pretty...love the background you created! Looks like the seashore! Thanks for playing along with the SUO Challenge this time!

Mary Brown said...

Oh this is just STUNNING!!! I LOVE the background you created and it is just perfect for the wetlands set! Thanks for joining the SUO challenge!