Monday, May 24, 2010

Spring Ferns


Every spring ferns start to grow right next to the back side of our house. I enjoy watching them start as little sprigs sneaking up through the frost and fawning out their rays of green. Every summer my husband makes his attempts to cut them down, thinking it'll be the last time he has to see them. I secretly smile inward that the ferns are resilient-they grow back bigger, better and greener every year.

The Etsy Inspired Challenge features Made By Michelle Brusgaard. Every single piece in her shop is amazing, but I was drawn to the tone on tone, silhouette flowers of this card. I cut some watercolor paper down to size, spritzed it lightly with water before stamping the flower images. After the base was dry, I stamped the sentiment in a darker green ink, rubbed the edges of the paper with the lighter ink for definition and added some rhinestones in the center of the larger flower for interest.


Supplies Used: Watercolor Paper (Archers) Stamps: Treasure Life (Close to My Heart) Small Script (Stampin' Up) Pigment Ink: River Rock and True Thyme (Stampin' Up) Embellishments: Rhinestones (Prisma) Tools: Aqua Painter, Corner Rounder Punch (Fiskars)

23 comments:

  1. This is stunning. I love the simplicity of it, yet you still created the perfect visual triangle. And I love ferns too- as they delicately unfurl it seems such a contrast to their tenacity! Also happy to see someone else using that sweet script- I have it to & still love it!

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  2. I love how 'simple' this is, yet how stunning it still looks. And the little things that make a huge difference like the bling in the flower, or the fact that you only rounded off one corner. I continue to learn and be inspired by your work :-)

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  3. A very simple, very beautiful! I love this card.

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  4. wow! simply beautiful! love love love this fabulous card, girl! =)

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  5. Karen, simply and stunning - love your card!

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  6. I love the soft ink color you chose.. this is a beautiful card.. simple, but so striking Karen!

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  7. Perfection - plain & simple! Never thought of stamping on watercolor paper - I'm going to need to give that a try.

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  8. wow...simply stunning karen!

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  9. This card is simple yet stunnig!! You are so creative!

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  10. WoW, love this gorgeous and elegant card, Karen! So beautiful and clean ... one-layer-perfection!! Sending hugs!!

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  11. such a soft and pretty card:)

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  12. Hi Karen! What a great card! I love the softness of it - with just one curved corner! Your story about the DH vanquishing the fern and your secret joy at it's return is delightful! I'm so glad you shared - gave me a smile.

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  13. So gentle and soft. Love the subtle texture of the paper. Its simply beautiful.

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  14. WOW! I'm way behind on my blurfing but had to stop and comment on this card. It's absolutely perfect. The texture, the tone-on-tone, the visual triangle...perfect. I'm inspired by you!

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  15. I LOVE how you used these stamped images! BEAUTIFUL!

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  16. This is one gorgeous CAS card! I love the stamps you used! Thanks for playing along with the EtsyInspired challenge this week, it means a lot to me!

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  17. You always nail the inspiration piece! Great Job

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  18. beautiful.... I love your simplicity work ;) great job...

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  19. Gorgeous CAS card perfect for this shop! This is beautiful!

    Thanks for playing EtsyInspired this week!

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  20. Beautiful! I've been away from reading your blog for way too long!)
    Now just imagine a whole set of these cards. You'd be the most popular of your friends.

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