The card I have to share with you today was inspired by this weeks beautiful Tuesday Trigger over at the Moxie Fab World and the Viva La Verve Sketch week 1.
Here is the card I whipped up last night merging these two challenges together:
Here is the Viva La Verve sketch...
...and the beautiful Tuesday Trigger.
I am just in love with those soft colors. When I was looking for colors to match up with the Trigger I kept I kept coming up with blue mixed in with the colors I wanted. Then I noticed that If you look closely at the Trigger you will see just a smidgen of blue rickrack.
Not only was I inspired by the colors from the Trigger but also by the chipboard that the rickrack is wrapped around. I remembered some cute embossed chipboard that I had and pulled out a bird shaped piece.
Now I had tried to use this bird before and messed it up but didn't throw it away, it was just too cute. Now I am glad I didn't. I just flipped it over and embossed it using Versamark Watermark ink and white embossing powder. I love it when I try a new technique and it works! I also love that you can still see the detail of the dry embossing on the bird. I wish I could remember who's blog I found this technique on. Sorry :(
After adding all the design elements to the card and the bird I thought the card still looked bare so I added the tree to the top banner stamping it a bit off to the side and embossed it with white embossing powder.
I found the yellow pattern paper border scrap and used it along with the sentiment which I stamped with Broken China distress ink.
Thinking that I was done and ready to clean up my desk something was still nagging at me. It still needed something.
So I stamped a couple of leaves in Shabby Shutter, cut them out and added them around the bird. Aah, much better.
So this morning when I took the photo to post it here on my blog I still had this nagging feeling that it still looked a little on the bare side. Now I am a CAS kind of gal but I still felt something was missing.
So out came the pearls and a bit of Shabby Shutters ink around the edges of the card and that did the trick.
Here is how I finished off the inside by using the tree stamp again and using bits of paper I had to trim off for the front of the card. I stamped the tree, which by the way is from Hero Arts, in Shabby Shutters Distress ink.
I will be linking this to Tuesday Trigger and Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge June Week 1
So why don't you head on over and join the fun!
Thanks so much for the visit and have a great Thursday!