Friday, November 4, 2011

Our Craft Lounge - Distressed and Stressed Challenge #90

Good Friday Morning!!  I'm so excited to be here with you today bringing you my first "official" creation as a Guest Designer for OCL

Today our challenge was to Stress and Distress!!  This is challenge #90 and we'd LOVE for you to come play along right here

I've used the beautiful and serene Shades of Fall set.  It's a clear acrylic stamp set with seven gorgeous images and six lovely and very versatile sentiments all for $14.99.  It's a FABULOUS and must have in your seasonal collections!

I've used a mish mash of papers from my scrap drawers to create a flurry of Autumn on my 5.5" x 5.5" card.  I layered my matte papers, sponged the edges with distress ink and then stitched them together using a zig zag stitch.  I then curled the edges up using a toothpick.  I used more distress ink and my ink blending tool to get the curled edges inky as well. 

I used my Cricut to cut a giant oval and layered tags out for my central focus point.  I used a Swiss dot embossing folder for the large oval and then sponged the edges of that layer.  I did the same with my central focus tag elements after I stamped "gratitude" "blessings" and "peace" on in black Colorbox ink and heat set with black embossing powder.  I added some dark grey, satin ribbon to the tags to finish that layer off.

I then set to work on my leaves.

I stamped the various leaves that come with the set on kraft and vanilla cardstock.  I then took a bunch of my distress inks in a variety of fall colors and patted them onto my Kraft sheet.  I sprayed them with pearlized water and water colored each one.  When they were dry I carefully trimmed them all out and layered them as surrounding focal points to the top left and bottom right of my main layer.  I added a few different color die cut flourishes on the lower right in addition to a few sparkly, self adhesive rhinestones and a bit of rustic twine. 

I had such a blast creating with this gorgeous set!!  I hope you come join us over a at OCL for this awesome challenge and come and check out what's new in the fabulous OCL store!!


Lori Barnett said...

Well THANK.A.LOT!! I didn't even notice this awesome stamp set till NOW...and NOW I WANNA GET IT! UUUGH! I guess that's one of the things about these challenges...showing you what amazing stuff can be done that you never thought of....AND the stamps you now GOTTA HAVE!!! LOL! Another item on my growing wish list! Beautiful card! Oh...and a big WOOP WOOP for being a Guest DT! :)

lisa808 said...

Fab card! I never noticed this set before either. I love your leaves. Congrats on your first official OCL post.

Basement Stamper said...

very pretty card, the leaves are gorgeous and I love the rolled edges of your sentiment tag.