It's amazing what a few tools can do to bring a simple card to life!
With a little more crafting time this week, I ventured over to the Feline Playful blog to look through the challenges for some inspiration. Gradually I fell upon one that spoke to me (and didn't require elements that don't exist in my stash). The Everybody Art Challenge #117 - Monochromatic Brown.
I didn't think this looked too hard - that is until I started sifting through my supplies and noticed that I don't have a lot of browns in my paper supplies. I was able to find a couple of pieces of brown cardstock, and a piece of Kraft paper that I saved from a recent package I received.
Next up - find an image to use. Another Mo's digital image to the rescue - Jack and the beanstalk looked like it would work pretty well in shades of brown. I used my trusty Tombows and water brush to add the shading. And used a portion of a hand-me-down rubber stamp from my mom for the sentiment. I did mask off several other words on the stamp to keep just the one word for my design.
Growing tired of plain rectangles, I love my new ek Success border and corner punches and used them both (along with what I think is called the out of the box technique) to spruce up my card design. It's still pretty simple, but that wavy border adds just a bit of character. Oh - and that thin brown stripe along the right edge - it's the left-over scrap piece from the wave punch.
Since the card base is dark, I also added the wavy border to the inside white...
Thanks for visiting!
Paper: Recollections cardstock, kraft paper up-cycled from package filler received in the mail
Stamps & Ink: Mo's Digital Pencil - They Grow So Fast digital image; Archival Jet Black Ink; hand-me-down sentiment stamp
Other: Tombow markers; water brush; ek Success wavy border punch; ek Success corner rounder