Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tree by the Water

It's time for a new challenge at The Play Date Cafe, and the colors this week are beautifully inspired by nature. 

I knew I wanted to have a water element on my card, as well:  


For the first time, I played with aluminum foil from my kitchen.  I thought the shine would be a good representation of water.  Note to self:  use heavier-weight foil next time!  Mine is the bargain thin type, and although it took to embossing quite well, once I began manhandling it, it lost some of its crisp appearance.


The D'vine Swirls embossing folder by Cuttlebug worked great for 'waves' on the water, and torn pieces of 3 different green cardstocks stand in for grass.  I'm not wild about my marker-to-stamp rendition of the tree (from Lovely As A Tree - SU), but it's okay I suppose.  I used Handsome Hunter, Mellow Moss and Green Galore markers.  The sky in the background is sponged using Soft Sky (what else??) and Baja Breeze ink pads.


Come play with us this week....and remember, you have until 11:59 pm EST Tuesday to get your creations in!  Can't wait to see what you all do.  :)

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Have a terrific day!

Colleen

Stamps:  Lovely as a Tree (SU)
Paper:  Handsome Hunter, bright green by DCWV, Garden Green, white by PTI
Ink:  Soft Sky, Baja Breeze
Other:  Big Shot, D'Vine Swirls by Cuttlebug embossing folder, gold brads by Joann's, aluminum foil from kitchen, various markers by Stampin Up!

18 comments:

Marisa said...

Love how you coloured the tree - it looks fabulous and the silver "water" is well done too :) Great card.

Fiona said...

I was going to add aluminium foil as well this week Colleen, but opted out because I was concerned about it falling apart while I was using it! Well done for getting yours embossed! great card :)

Bonnie said...

Love the embossed foil and how it extends "behind" the design area. Great job on interpreting this!

Emily Keaton said...

What a lovely ( . . . as a tree! . . . ) card, Colleen! You translated that image and beautiful colors into your beautiful card perfectly. Wow, I'm in awe of your work with the Al foil!!! It looks pretty darn crisp to me. Nicely done! :)

Smita said...

Did you say the tree is okay?? well, I think it is fantastic!! Love the embossed foil too... I had silver CS that glittered like foil but didn't know where to put it... love how you used it!

Pauline said...

Oh such a fab card, love the embossed foil, so effective!

Benzi said...

The foil looks great and it really did emboss well. Pretty grasses and the marker to stamp is
really well done. Super duper card!!!

BNYCE126 said...

VERY VERY Fab card, love the texture and colors.

Andrea Ewen said...

Wow, this is stunning! I think I used that word on your last post, but it's true!! That silver foil is so eye catching and that embossing is divine! Great job with the colors and awesome design!

Tracey said...

WOW!!! How AMAZINGLY COOL is this!!!! LOVE all the texture and creative goodness!!!

Debgem said...

Love all the layers and textures in your card. Very pretty!

Jinny Newlin said...

What a great way to tie in the silver! So beautiful! Mine is on its way to its recipient. It should arrive tomorrow, and I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll have it posted early next week. Great take!

Michele Gross said...

Foil! Doing the head smack! Foil gives me all sorts of ideas!! ;) I love the swirls you embossed. It really does make lovely water :)

Sarah Anderson said...

I love the torn paper layers you've used Colleen, the colours are so vibrant! And yes, the foil is fab :) Have you tried rubbing black acrylic paint over, leaving it for a few seconds then wiping it off? It gives a real aged feel to the silver. Just another technique I thought you might like :) The shiny silver is perfect here though for the water. Love it.

Ruby said...

Lovely card Colleen! What a great idea to use foil for the embossing. I love how you've used torn paper to create layers, looks fab!

TuKara said...

Magnifique cart Colleen!!!!
Merci pour visiting my blog;)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHH! This is fab. I love those brads and that silver/foil! FAB idea:) Great take on the challenge--you ROCK! Thanks so much for playing along and joining in the fun at the PDCC:}

Libby Hickson said...

Colleen this is BRILLIANT!! Love the foil so much!! Can't wait to debut with you tomorrow (tonight?) - SQUEAL! :-)

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