Mynnette, the crafty whirlwind that she is, is starting up a new challenge blog called Inkspirational. She is having a DT call - details can be found here - and there are four fab challenges for you to enter if you want to apply for a place on the team. Mynnette's first DT call challenge is to CASE this pretty card of hers.
I love Mynnette's card, the layout is very versatile, it's great as a CAS design but I think it lends itself to being stepped up also. Some things that stood out for me to bear in mind when I made my CASE version were the subtle patterned paper, the texture and dimension of the flower and leaves, the different greens used for the leaves and the rounded corners.
I made a 5 3/4" square card using textured white CS, added the green patterned paper and the red strips. I then used my SU! Blossom punch to cut three flowers from Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations CS. I embossed each blossom with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder and scuffed the embossing. I was really surprised, the scuffed embossing not only looks good, it adds a touchable texture to the CS, it feels almost like suede or flocking! I stacked the three flowers and joined them together with an Antique brad. I die cut some leaves using Lucky Limeade, Gumball Green and Always Artichoke CS. The die I used is 'Fresh Leaves' from Memory Box - the die has a subtle embossed leaf detail which I love. I glued the bottoms of the leaves flat to the card but I've added dimension by placing 3D foam pads under the leaves as well. I glued the flower to the card front and rounded the right hand side corners of the card. I stamped and die cut a sentiment panel and added bling to this to finish the card front.
Damask patterns always appeal to me and I couldn't resist this patterned paper - I bought a few sheets in different colours! I've used more of the paper inside the card and on the envelope flap. I debated whether to add a sentiment inside or not - I decided to leave it for now and possibly add one later when I know what I'm going to use the card for. So, one challenge down - I'm looking forward to tackling the other three!
Stamps: SU! Sincere Salutations set
CS: Craftwork Cards 'Alabaster' Softies CS, SU! Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Gumball Green & Always Artichoke, SU! Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations CS
Patterned paper: Echo Park Style Essentials Green Damask
Ink: SU! Lucky Limeade
Tools: SU! Blossom punch, SU! Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Memory Box 'Fresh Leaves' die, Ellison Frame Window Cuts die, Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Antique brad, sanding block, rhinestone jewels, 3D foam pads