Friday, May 8, 2009

Easy Breezy

There's just something about wicker that I adore, so when Karen Lockhart told me that one of her new images was a wicker chair, I just sighed happily. Wicker for me is just instant comfort, and this brand-new image is, too!

I wanted to take a minute to tell you what I did with this image, because when you think of wicker, you probably think white. You could easily leave this image untouched, but I really wanted to give it a little dimension. I grabbed my French Gray Prismacolor pencils and started adding some subtle shadows, starting with my 20% and working my way up the darkness grade. The majority of this was done with 20% and 30%, though, so you don't have to do too much! (If you click on the picture, you can see a larger image with some more detail.)

The cushion was simply pieced in and then I added some shadows with more French Gray and Lavender pencils. If you're not familiar with how to do this, it's really easy! Just stamp your image again on the patterned paper of your choice. Now, with a craft knife and/or fine-tip scissors, cut out the parts that you want (in this case, the cushion). Apply glue (I like the Sakura Quickie Glue pen for small, detailed areas such as this) and place it over the original stamped image. See how it really gives the perfect touch?

Since wicker is so light and airy, a clear card base was a great choice to give the card continuity. There are a lot of details on this card without it being too busy, I think. There's some machine stitching (to create the pleated ribbon and the borders on the Spring Moss cardstock), painted edges on the clear base, and a punched border. I love adding special touches like those to create a card that enhances the image even more.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend! Be well,


Sharon Harnist said...

Absolutely fabulous, Jenn -- love the stitching and clear card base!

liannallama said...

oh, that is a great card! I love the plaid cushion and shadowing you added.

Stacey said...

Oh I just LOVE your cards! You have so many creative ideas!

Stac said...

This card is great. The chair looks so comfy and inviting. You know how to add just that right touch. :o)