Sometimes it is sad to say good-by to our old friends. I always thought of the Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper, which is being retired, as an old friend. It was my "go-to" paper for all of my fall cards and many of my masculine cards. In fact, I used it on this masculine card which was designed for my first Dirty Dozen gallery, "All Creatures Great and Small". I entitled this card, "Coming Out of My Shell", since it depicts the "Turtle" from Nature's Nest doing exactly that! I had a great time watercoloring this little reptile, once again armed with my trusty Blender Pens and inks. I hope that you enjoy today's card, and the subsequent revisiting of two cards made with this lovely Designer Series Paper, which is still available on The Last Chance List.
The Stampin' Schach Design Tips:
- Easy-peasy! Nothing is easier than watercoloring with Blender Pens and inks. I just load the tip of the Blender Pen with ink from the corner of my Classic Ink Pads. For this card, I used Basic Brown, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, and Always Artichoke inks. And for those little white highlights on the turtle's shell, a White Signo Gel Pen did the trick. Tip: There are options for those inks which are retiring. I would use Early Espresso or Chocolate Chip in place of Basic Brown, and More Mustard for Crushed Curry.
- Customize your dies! Use only the section that you need. A few precise snips with my trusty Paper Snips converted the Lattice Bigz Die into the perfect embellishment that was needed for the right side of this card.
- Men deserve bling, too...albeit not so flashy! Simple Gold Brads add a touch of glitz without being too glam!
The classy "More Mustard Abstract" pattern used in today's featured card was just one of my faves from the Autumn Traditions DSP. I also loved the "Always Artichoke Vines" and the colorful "Autumn Leaves". They were stunning for autumn cards!
Remember, if you loved Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper as much as I did, there is still time to stock up!
And the Winner is...
Everyone loves blog candy, especially when it involves a generous helping of retiring Stampin' Up! products!
And the winner of this round of Stampin' Schach Blog Candy is:
Beautiful card! I really need to put some ink to that stamp.
That is some awesome blog candy!
Carol will have until Thursday, 3:00 PM CST to email me with her address! Congrats Carol!
Please let me know what you think about today's masculine card by leaving me a comment. I do appreciate your comments and reading what you have to say. And of course, as always, if you ever have a comment about the cards that I create, or the techniques that I use, please do not hesitate to email me. Until next time...
Stamp Set: Nature's Nest (113826); Ink: Basic Brown (104315), Old Olive (102277), Crushed Curry (115659), Always Artichoke (105219); Paper: Chocolate Chip textured (108697---Earth Elements assorted), Chocolate Chip (102128), Olive Green textured (108697---Earth Elements assorted), Naturals Ivory (101849), Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper (115668); Tools: Big Shot (113439), Stampin' Up! Lattice Bigz Die (115958), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Corner Rounder (109047), Paper Piercer (116631), Gold Brads (104337), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Blender Pens (102845), Paper Snips (103579), Signo Gel Pen (105021)