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Sunday, January 30, 2011

An Easel Card for Two Challenges

I seem to be on a bit of a challenge kick at the moment, and since I had a new stamp set to try out, a challenge or two seemed the way to go.

Easel card -- closed

Easel card -- open
First, I have to admit that I bought the Unity August 2010 Kit of the Month when it came on sale only because it came with a Dickens quotation. The chance to own a Dickens stamp was just too good to pass up! But to justify my purchase, I thought I'd use an image from the set, too. I tried the trees first all in black, but they looked a little stark, so I inked the foliage in Almost Amethyst ink and the trunks in black. Then I didn't like them just floating on the white square, so the ribbon came out. I like how the polka-dots echo the trees.
The colour scheme of my card is for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge #66, black and white with a splash of lilac/purple. (My kind of colours!) Over at All Things Unity, the challenge (#23) is to create either an easel or tri-fold card. This is my first try at an easel card, but the tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers made it easy. I did have to do a little mental visualization to make sure I got the textured cardstock base facing the right way. ;) I'm not sure I'll be making a lot of easel cards, but it seemed to work well with the stamps I'd picked.
Charles Dickens. Happy sigh.

Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up textured almost amethyst cardstock, Unity August 2010 Kit of the Month (All You Need) & Bevy of Butterflies, Memento tuxedo black and Stampin' Up almost amethyst inks, scallop border punch, dollar store ribbon Pin It Now!

16 comments:

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, this is gorgeous, Lindsey! It might be my most favourite thing that you've ever made! I also think easel cards are your thing... or at least card insides! Both the front and inside are so perfectly matched. I love everything about this!

DAWN Braun said...

awesome use of the colors...the easel portion gives it such a special touch, love those trees!

Fiona said...

Wow Lindsey this is a fabby card! Love the clean look of the design :) Thanks for playing along at the Play Date Cafe.

Angela said...

Yay! Dickens in action!
Love your take on the colors, and the design is just super-clean and fun. Great job.

lynn said...

oh, my, this is as cute as can be!! love the colors and that you tried the easel card! thanks for joining us at all things unity, lindsey!

Gwen said...

I really like how you did the trees and the color combo is stunning! Great easel card!!

Donelda said...

the easel card is awesome! I've never tried one before even thought I think they look awesome. And yes, your polka dot ribbon is a perfect accompaniment to the trees!!

Meg said...

Fabulous! You definitely couldn't hide that quote on the inside of a card now, could you?!?

I love it even with the fairy vomit. :)

Amanda said...

Cult *cough* *cough* member! ;)

Of course that's why you would buy the set. For the same reason I bought this one...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=110641633402&si=FeHCjXegS3Q6Fh%252F16BwX%252BNAEw5s%253D&viewitem=#ht_6201wt_990

Phew, the link wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

StampinCathy said...

This is so pretty. Great colors and just love the stamps you used. Thanks for playing along with ATU!

Karin said...

I love easel cards and have bought sets for less reason than a great quote ;) Totally justified in my book if it makes a card this good!

Jinny Newlin said...

What a great easel card! LOVE that row of trees wrapped in a lilac ribbon! Thank you so much for playing along with us, this week, in the Cafe!

Michele Gross said...

How cute! I love those trees and your easle card is super! Great splash and glad you shared it with us at The Play Date Cafe!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I love that you used Unity--and I love those trees with the lilac tops! LOVE that ribbon! LOVE that you combined two of my FAV challenges:) FAB JOB all around:)

Thanks so much for playing along with us and for joining in the fun at the PDCC!!!

Thanks so much for joining in the fun over at All Things Unity!! I really like making easel cards! FUN!!!

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marilynprestonn said...

I love your card! The trees and the fine ribbon. Fancy looking easel card too. :) Peggy