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Friday, August 19, 2011

Vintage Fruit...

... is not very appealing if you happen to find it at the back of your fridge, but can be very attractive in stamps. :D Unity's Friends with Flair and the All Things Unity vintage challenge were all the nudge I needed to try another of my Vintage Fruit Bundle stamps.



Unlike my strawberry card, which translated rather nicely from imagination to paper, this one is very different from my initial idea. I started by creating an acrylic block background on my white card using two different distress inks. Then I stamped the image. Unfortunately, despite using my stamp positioner... it was just a BIT crooked. And when there are a lot of horizontal lines in the image, crooked is obvious, especially if it's not crooked enough to look deliberate. ;) So the background got cut down to a layer instead of being directly on the card itself. Then I had the idea that I'd use the darker of the two background inks with an even darker one to sponge a bit of cardstock and re-stamp the apple, so I'd have this cool gradation of colour. No, looked bad. So I sponged the same two colours and then stamped and embossed the apple with the darker of the two. Wait, what's that you say? CAS-ual Fridays is having an embossing challenge this week? It's like they created this challenge just for me! I never have moved past my love for heat embossing. Who knows, maybe it will inspire me to start using that new Cuttlebug and do some dry embossing, too. :P 
Since you're here... what do you think of my little dollar store easel for displaying my cards? Thanks for stopping in and have a great weekend! 


Supplies: Colorbök pastel card, white & black cardstock, Unity Weekly Schedule Vintage Apple image & Take Time to Laugh (Oct. 2010 Kit of the Month) sentiment, Tim Holtz spun sugar and worn lipstick distress inks, clear embossing powder, Martha Stewart border punch 










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26 comments:

Jen said...

Gorgeously cas!

StampinCathy said...

Gorgeous card. So glad you could play with us at ATU!

*Alison* said...

wow this is such a pretty card.. :) HUGS

sharon g said...

I love the fruit stamp! Nice.

Jingle said...

Very pretty!

Annette said...

awesome card...love that apple stamp.

jennifer mitten said...

Love this, this stamp is irresistible!

jackie 4124 said...

Great looking card

Maria Levine said...

Beautiful job!

Emily Leiphart said...

Even after reading this, I don't understand how you made it but it's stunning, Linds! I love how your technique looks like misting. Beautifully done! I do like how the photograph looks with the easel. ;)

Kim said...

Just beautiful! Love everything about it.

Kary said...

Hi Lindsey! What a sweet card!! Love how everything turned out. Great job!

Danie May said...

Wow, what a beauty. I love the background you have created for this.

Angela said...

Well, it might not have worked the way you anticipated, but this card sure works now! Love the colors in the bg combined with the colors of the apple!
Love the easel, too -- I had one once and the cat chewed it ;P

Nice Adams quote, too -- new?

Donelda said...

wow, you went through a lot to get this result and it was totally worth it in the end!! Love that apple. Love your easel. Love your witty humour!!

Meg said...

You are rocking these vintage fruit stamps, Linds! Love the look of the acrylic block background, and I actually like the border and the pink card base that was a result of the crookedness (gah, don't you hate it when it ends up crooked even with the positioner, though?)

The embossing on the apple turned out really well, too!

Easel is awesome idea that I may have to copy!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

beautiful, absolutely love that gorgeous red apple.

Laura Davis said...

Awesome work!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
Laura

Morissa Sweeney (SCS - stampinsweeney) said...

Loved the stamping on this!

kasia c. said...

Ha! Ha! so true, vintage fruit in real life not so good!!

So pretty, especially after all that work!! Even though it's not originally what you had in mind, it turned out great. :)

And I love that easel, dollar store huh? Cool!

Virginia L. said...

Hey Lindsey! I love how it looks--perfect or not! It looks so artistic with the background and design! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH! This is perfect--LOVE the vintage bundle stamps! And I love your inking--fab job! Thanks for playing along with us over at ATU!!

Karin said...

I love apples in real life and on cards at this time of year! Looks great on the little easel too :) Gotta love the dollar store!

Jaclyn Miller said...

That apple looks fabulous over the text and I couldn't tell it was crooked at all. :) Thank you so much for playing at CAS-ual Fridays.

Julie Day said...

Love the stamp layering here, what a terrific card :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

Jen W. said...

LOL! I found some vintage plums in the fridge the other day - very scary! It may have gone through a lot of changes but it looks awesome and the easel rocks!