Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer Grapevine

I like grapevine motifs.  My bathroom and kitchen both have wallpaper borders with grapes on them.  They were my inspiration for this card.

I created a 'wall' behind the grapes using Sahara Sand paper, sprinkled with a background stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds, then used a Versamarker to create 'bricks'.  

My 12 YO doesn't like the white peeking out behind the grapes.  I did not want to stamp on Sahara Sand because it would affect the colors of the ink I chose.  I also tried using masking to help me layer images upon one another but I learned a lesson.  Do NOT create your mask out of cardstock.  It is too thick, sits up too high above your images, and won't let all the ink down to the paper where you want it to go.  Usually I use a sticky note.  Guess that's what I'll need next time, too.

This card meets a couple of challenges:
The envelope

The leaves in top left corner are popped up on dimensionals.
These grapes remind me of my husband's homemade wine.  Don't let those words scare you!  It is truly awesome stuff, using bonafide equipment from a home brew place.  He makes Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and I can't remember what else.  It's ALL good!

Happy Stamping,

Stamps:  Gorgeous Grapevine (retired SU), Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Bravo Burgundy, Vintage Violet, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Other:  Stampamajig, dimensionals, sharp scissors


Marisa said...

Oooh, love it! Makes me feel like in Italy at some cafe with a tile wall and cascading grapes. Lovely card and wonderfully done!

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, Colleen! This is a fabulous card--hard to believe that it is handstamped!! I think you did a wonderful job on it. Marisa is right--this looks like something you'd see in Italy, either growing in person or as a fresco. Your brick wall looks awesome!! Nicely done :)

Benzi said...

Colleen, you really did a smashing job on this card. What gorgeous grapes and I love your background. Don't forget to put your keyword in
on the SCS gallery. you forgot. A new one starts tomorrow but that is o.k. You can go ahead and do it. It is too pretty to not be in the gallery.

Andrea Ewen said...

Simply stunning! Love the way you popped up some of the images, really adds great dimension! Very rich and classy looking.

Priscilla said...

Love love love this card :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

This card reminds me of the vineyard in Italy or somewhere in CA, very pretty, I bet a lot of work and effort had put into this creation, thanks for sharing Colleen. Your husband make wine, really? thats very cool, where? at home in Jersey? Hey, I used to live in NJ for almost 18 months. Should have know you earlier! : )

Lynn McAuley said...

Beautiful work with these gorgeous grapes on the brick wall!! So very pretty, Colleen!!

~Tammy~ said...

Wow, this is so rich, vibrant, and classy! You really turn out works of art! I am so happy to be able to follow you!:-) Thanks for the congrats! I was shocked when I was checking for the next update before I went to bed last night to see my name! That never happens! A very happy surprise! Again! Love this card!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous card. I love the grapes image, and the stone wall you have made is so effective. Love the envelope, too.

Ha, I have done the exact same thing with masking! The first time I tried it I had carefully cut around an image for my mask and was so disappointed when the image didn't reach the edges because of the thickness of the card, lol! Mind you, most of what I have learnt has come out of making mistakes first! x

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