Sunday, September 09, 2012

One Layer Card with Foliage and Gratitude

Hello everyone !

I'm back sooner that expected.   My craft room looked like a cyclone hit the last few days as I was putting together 85+ kits for my classes coming up at Crop Circles.    But I've finished most of the work ahead of schedule and had some time last night to create a quick card.   Single layer cards are not my 'regular' style, but I enjoy venturing into the world of clean & simple.   I admire the simple elegance of what I see out here in blogland and I had fun creating this card which I've combined for two challenges.  

The challenge this week at Less is More, where you will find inspiring creations by the DT & friendly participants, is to create a single layer card using foliage.

One of my blogger friends, Darnell, suggested that I use my IO C3541 "If you are grateful" quote that I used in my last blog post for this week's challenge at Simplicity.   The current challenge criteria is to create a single layer card expressing gratitude and here you will also find beautiful enteries.  

I used Designs by Ryn's beautiful Leaves Set - CM-F5 to create this card.   I love the movement in her leaves design (3 in the set).




I drew pencils lines to mark the area that I wanted to ink.   Next I embossed the three leaves with Metallic Bronze Embossing Powder.    I used cardstock as a mask and blended Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks to create the background for the leaves.   I carefully stamped the quote with Vintage Photo Distress Ink (hoping to get it straight) and it's done !    

Below is a close up that shows the shine of the metallic embossing. 



If you have a chance please visit  Eileen's Blog.  Eileen is a super talented lady who also designs for Designs by Ryn.  She has created the most gorgeous tag using Ryn's popular & unique Water Droplet stamp here at Eileen's Crafty Zone

Thanks for your visits & kind comments, they are always appreciated.  Have a great day !
Shirley

39 comments:

Jean said...

This is absolutely beautiful ~ you should do CAS more often! Congrats on getting 85+ kits put together!

sally said...

Love your card! I shall be back to see more soon :-)

Sally

Gay Peplow said...

Gorgeous card Shirley, I love the embossing and colour, Darnell was right it's a super sentiment and fits beautifully! Great job on all your preparations quick or what!!! LOL well done, Gay x

Kathyk said...

Delightful combination of the colours, images and sentiment - FAB

Kathyk

Sue said...

This is so elegant and simple Shirley I love it ! xx

GinaA said...

what a beautiful card, your design is just super, fabulous stamps as well.

Karin said...

wow its gorgeous, i love the metallic embossed parts and the color is also beautiful! Have a nice sunday!

Kaz said...

This is a beautiful card, I love the embossing.

Caroline said...

very nice, nice colours and the idea is very good. I will keep it in mind
Greetings Caroline

Violets Corner said...

Fabulous card Shirley!

Warm hugs
Maarit

Samantha Elliott said...

This is gorgeous Shirley. The colour panel and the embossed leaves are fabulous. Thanks for popping by the other day as it meant I could come back to visit you.
x

Chrissie said...

This is gorgeous Shirley, the metallic embossing looks wonderful!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Ryn Tanaka said...

Hey Shirley, you really do have a knack for creating clean and elegant designs. I love it! The orange strip with the embossing is beaituflly balanced. I also like the sentiment you chose :)
85 kits! Wow! So much work!!! Congrats on finishing them for your up coming classes :)

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This is gorgeous Shirley, the clean simple lines and the leaf stamps are wonderful. How very different this card with the grateful sentiment is compared to the last one. 85+ kits, thats a lot of work, sounds like you've been extreamly busy the last few days.

Hope you've had a great weekend.

Sue x

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

This is so gorgeous Shirley. Less is more - less is more beautiful.
Love it.
My lovely greet and big hug
Marja

Sophie said...

Eine total elegante und feine Karte... :-)

Liebe Grüße und eine schöne neue Woche xx

Gery said...

Beautiful card you created, Shirley.
Can you tell me what foliage means??
Have a nice week.
Groetjes Gery

Nora MacPhail said...

Beautiful Shirley. Great composition with one of the leaves emerging past the colour. Lovely.

Shirley said...

How very elegant, Shirley!!! Wow!

Eileen said...

Fabulous, fabulous, I love this. So elegant Shirley and such high quality work from you as normal ... The colourful card below this one is just gorgeous as well ... All those kits!!!!! rather you than me matey!

Thanks for the link.:) E xxxxxxxx

Ellen said...

CAS is tough for me but it looks like you nailed it Shirley! Love the rich colors and embossed leaves. Very inspiring!!! Have a marvelous day my friend!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Very beautifull , elegant card, love the colours and I really love the words!!! Great piece of ART!!Thanks for sharing Shirley!!!

Greetings
Maria

Alie said...

Very impressive Shirley...how elegant with so little color. Gorgeous text and the leaves on the background are great!

greetings, Alie :-)

Vicky Hayes said...

This is gorgeous Shirley! I love your inked panel with those golden leaves and the overlapping sentiment is just right. Vicky x

Miranda said...

Lovely 'LIM Fall theme'card Shirley, always a pleasure to look at, warm greet Mirandax

Ardyth said...

Love that the tones of the sponging and embossing are so well matched - gorgeous OLW card!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm so happy, Shirley, that you, well, that first you were super speedy and got your chores done, and second, that you took my advice on entering OLW! No one would ever guess that you were not a single-layer card expert and I wouldn't be surprised if it's not the LIM favorite this week!

Your card is a pinned fave of mine, that's for sure and defies the normal adjectives, truly. I love every single thing about it.

Deanna said...

Shirley this is so elegant and such a beautiful sentiment. Thanks for your lovely comment~Hugs Deanna

Mandi said...

Fantastic card Shirley
Love the layout
Thanks very much
mandi
"Less is More"

jane brown said...

This is a lovely card, I especially like the way you have done the background for the leaves.
Jane x

shirley-bee said...

Fabulous card, Shirley! Love that metallic bronze.

Marn said...

Hi Shirley!
Wow what a great card! Really elegantly simple with that great leaf creation! Wow so impressed with how you make this look quite perfect! Great sentiment, and love the great fall colours of the leaf and background! Very nicely done!
Warm greetings, Marlene :)

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Your "Less is more" card is a beautiful elegant composition, I'm very impressed.
xox Anja

Pauline said...

This is so beautiful! Just stunning!

Linby said...

Just beautiful. I wish now I had let my leaves go over the masking - great effect.
Linbyx

Shannon White said...

Soo Beautiful Shirley!! Love the Pretty Fall leaves and the masked inked strip! Just So Elegant and Lovely! Definitely going to give that a try! LOVE the look! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Linda said...

Simply stunning! I love the colours, I love the stamp, I love the layout. Great job! xx

Marybeth said...

Wow! This is gorgeous , love the golden colors and the stamp you used. Just beautiful!

Loli said...

Hola Shirley, to late this week my friend but i'm very busy, start school return to de routin...i'm glad to see you.
Soooo beautiful card shirley, i think you're the sponging queen, fantastic work and the golden embossing is amazing, well done as always.
A warm hug frm Palma