Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fall Splendor in Purple and Teal

Hi, everyone!

When you make cards for Operation Write Home, it really is a bit like living in a time machine. Summer officially ends on July 31 in OWH-land. So, we are moving on to fall cards... and the deadline for Christmas cards is October 10! See what I mean about a time machine.  :)

So, the card below is my first fall card of the OWH season. The colors really are much closer to purple and teal than the way they photographed.

SU Blackerry Bliss, Distress Ink core Pine Needles
Hero Arts image, heat embossed in Inkadinkado gold glam powder
Sizzix embossing folder
SU tiny banner punch; garage sale brad

I used the gorgeous Blackberry Bliss paper from Stampin' Up -- couldn't wait to emboss some gold on this gorgeous paper. However, I was a little disappointed with the Lost Lagoon against the Blackberry Bliss -- it just didn't look/feel quite as rich. So, I went with Distress Ink Pine Needles. This DI paper was in the same color family as Lost Lagoon, but seemed much more saturated. And, I felt like I achieved just the right balance of colors thanks to Paula's 60-30-10 lesson from OWH Design Boot Camp.

Tip of the day: I cut a 1/4-inch strip of Blackerry Bliss and taped down the banners, aligning the left edge of each banner. That's how I managed to get the tiny sliver of purple on the left edge of the banners.

Entering this in the current Shopping Our Stash challenge to make a project featuring fruits and vegetables. No more summer watermelons for this girls' cards... at least not 'til next March.  :)

Also entering this in this week's Simon Says Wednesday embossing challenge. There are three examples of embossing on this card:
  • a heat embossed focal point image,
  • heat embossed gold border on the layer under the image layer, and
  • an embossed pattern on the bottom Blackberry Bliss layer.
Darice embossing folder
DI Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
This year, I've been trying to add a little pizzazz to the inside of my OWH cards, while not taking up much writing landscape. For this card, I used a leaf stencil (from fellow OWHer Nancy) to sponge a few leaves and an acorn in the bottom left corner of the matted writing surface.

That's it for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. The gold embossing against the purple is really striking, Sybrina, and I really like the colors together for fall! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. This is a gorgeous OWH fall card, Sybrina! I love the tiny decoration you put on the inside, too! It packs a big wallop!! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Fantastic Sybrina! The colours are gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash for the "Eat Five a Day" challenge!

  4. Beautiful card! I love the new colors, and you've done them proud with that gold embossing. I like you tip for adding the banners to a strip of card stock, too. Thanks for playing along at Shopping Our Stash!