Thursday, August 9, 2012

Nature is Imagination Itself


"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, ans some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself." ~William Blake, 1799, The Letters

Cloud 9 is hosting their second blog hop, have you checked it out? This time the cue is a sketch challenge.

I'm going to attempt to explain how I created this card, which is a bit different for me! I grabbed some patterned paper from Artful Delight's August Card Kit and the large leaves from WPlus9's Woodgrain Silhouette Additions. I stamped onto the patterned paper the leaves in a soft pink, then layered bright red washi tape from Bazzill on top. A quick zig with my sewing machine (don't look too close because it is crooked-told you it was quick!) and I was almost complete. I stamped a sentiment from Birds and Bees and then finished the card with some bold fussy cut large leaves. I like the soft pattern from the paper against the pale pink, and then the deep contrast of the red and black against the background.

I'm excited to see the other creations over at Cloud 9!

 

45 comments:

  1. Stunning card! Gorgeous colors and love how the bright red washi tape accents the leaf silhouettes!

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  2. Love the tape, love the colors and LOVE the addition of the silhouette flowers - so clever, Karen! Beautiful card!

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  3. Love the bold impression it makes, I thought you'd stamped on canvas at first glance... will have to go digging through my AD kit for that paper, looks great. And the pop of red is perfect.

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  4. I'm in LOVE with this card! It's fabulous and great use of the washi tape...definitely need to CASE this.

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  5. This is beautiful! So many amazing details that draw the eye around the design. I really love the use of washi tape!!!

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  6. This one is a wow for me! I love the bold colors and the design is fantastic.

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  7. Karen this is spectacular! Love the soft shadows of pink behind the stunning black blooms and the red tape is just perfect here! LOVE it ;)

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  8. another fantastic card Karen. I sew just like you only mine looks like that if I am in a hurry or not.

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  9. Bold and beautiful. I love the look of the subtle patterned paper. It looks like canvas. So gorgeous.

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  10. WOW this is stunning..I have to add this to one of my favorites...great design...I love the shadow of the leafs in the background...looks like a work of art...

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  11. Simply Stunning!!! Love this card!!!

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  12. my new favorite of yours! Love the stitching, the color scheme and the design!

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  13. Wow! Fabulous Karen - love it :)

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  14. Beautiful card, love how you stamped those leaves in the back to mimic a shadow but in color. Lovely!

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  15. one word: STUNNING!!!!!! :)

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  16. well hello pretty card! I love the contrast between the black leaves and the washi tape. the colors are a perfect choice!

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  17. Fantastic Karen! The double stamped image is so elegant and the washi tape totally pops! Love it!

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  18. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Perfect. You're awesome Girlie :)

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  19. Karen this is so amazing - I don't know where to begin. I love the washi, but I also love how you stamped the background with the leaves in a lighter shade, with the black handcut ones in front. This is so gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us at Cloud9!

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  20. *gasp* Karen this card is gorgeous!!!!

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  21. Beautiful! Love the contrast between the pale pink and bold black leaves.

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  22. I super duper like this a lot! Beautifully done!

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  23. Love the color red and your card caught my eye right off! Gorgeous flowers and lovely take on the sketch!!! :)

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  24. Really great design and I love the colors.

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  25. Very pretty card. Love the colors you chose.

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  26. Ooooo! LOVE this, Karen! I so need to pull out that set again. TFS!

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  27. Another beauty!!!
    Love the sewing! Mine is never straight :)

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  28. Stunning! That black is so inspired (and the layout and the light pint stamping and the washi and the quick stitching...) Love it all.

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  29. Love this card of yours!! So pretty :)

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  30. Wow! Gorgeous card! I love the color combo and stamping!

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  31. Gorgeous!!
    LOVE the colors...
    and that tape is absolute perfection with this!!
    Such a fabulous take on the sketch...
    love it!

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  32. Wow-stunning card!! I love the colors and the wonderful contrast--so beautifully done!

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  33. Super! Love the bold look of your card, Karen! The background stamping is cool, balances the card. Great stitching as the border. Love it. Thanks so much for joining us @ Cloud9:)

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  34. Gorgeous. Dark leaves add such great feel to the card.

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  35. Beautiful! I love the dark leaves--it makes the card dramatic!

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  36. Oh wow!! you couldn't have chosen a better colour combo for your card :0)
    Jenny x

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  37. Gorgeous card Karen...Love the color... combo!!! Hugs...xoxo

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  38. i adore this beauty, Karen! love love the stamping on the patterned paper and those washi tapes are the perfect touch!

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  39. Karen, this is fabulous! I love the pops of color - especially the red! What a super interpretation of this month's sketch. So glad you joined us for the Cloud9 Blog Hop!

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  40. This is so incredible, Karen. The shadow of the leaves on the background adds so much depth to the design. I love the bold red strips of tape and your stitched frame, too. Thanks for joining in this month's Cloud9 Blog Hop!

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