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Friday, November 16, 2007

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Thanksgiving isn't too far away, so here's a card in a style that would be nice to send to someone you can't be with to let them know you think of them. Sorry I can't include this one in the weekly drawing as I designed it for Wood-n-Paper, Ink and it will be going there shortly. Just couldn't resist sharing it :o)

Card measures 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"

I started with a cornucopia stamp (Wood-n-Paper Ink), stamping it in Palette Burnt Umber on a cream cs piece. I colored it in with colored pencils, and stenciled the same ink around the edges.

I used a torn post-it to cover the main image, and then dipped an old wet toothbrush into a black pan watercolor and flicked it over the panel. It lacked a little definition so I just ran the Burnt Umber pad around the edge to darken it up.

To make the background panel, I used the TechniqueJunkies Milkpaint technique. This is a free sample technique with a link on the main page (see link on sidebar) and looks exactly like the online tutorials you will have access to every day of the year with a really reasonably priced subscription - less then a magazine subscription price and SO much more worthwhile! PLUS, you can belong to the online email group and get the most amazing artwork in your inbox every day to inspire you, and share your's with others who appreciate it.

Okay, so this technique is SO quick and easy but gives a definite feel to the card. It calls for white ink, but I wanted to stick with my color palette, so I used Fresco Medici Marble instead, and then a dark brown marker instead of black.

Don't worry too much about the plank ends with nails yet - I had to place more on the card once I had the other elements glued down for balance.

On top of this background I layered an orange scrap I had run the Burnt Umber pad over lightly, and on the brown piece I used the Tim Holtz distressing tool to rough up the edges. I put antique copper brads in the corners of the main image panel, and then pop-dotted it over the colored layers.
When you need to pop-dot a large panel, consider using the foam tape that comes on a roll, usually 3M, I got mine at an Office Max. If you use the dots and don't get enough on in the right places, your panel can eventually 'sink' in these spots and look uneven.

For the phrase (Wood-n-Paper, Ink) panel, I stamped it on cream cs in Burnt Umber and then stenciled the edges with the same ink. (This stamp is so cool - if you click on the picture to look at a close-up you'll notice that the letters are made up of wheat!) I pop-dotted this and tucked some of my bargain leaf embellishments around LOL from my Joann's pile a week ago, using Glue-Dots.
Thanks for looking!


Digital said...

Nancy -- I love this card! It is your best ever, as usual. I can't wait to try something similiar. LOL Mom

leenda said...

I'm crying in my diet pepsi that you can't include this one in the drawing....of course that's only if I should be chosen!! lol

This is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love that stamp too!