Sunday, April 10, 2016

Flora & Fauna + Texture with the UnstampaBelles

This month, The UnstampaBelles are challenging you to use the theme of Flora & Fauna with the twist of Add Texture. You can't use any stamps, so let your imagination run wild! I was inspired by the springtime in Arizona.

The background was created to resemble Faux Patina. What a fun technique -- you should join the fun at MFP Stamps this week. For the yellow piece, I used Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, and Vintage Photo distress inks; for the greener patina I used Tea Dye, Broken China, Peeled Paint, and Vintage Photo inks. In places where too much gold powder clumped, I sanded it down and added more ink.

The cactus is a Cricut cut I snagged from Mom's stash; she makes beautiful Arizona desert-inspired cards. I used a sort of lazy-lady's version of the smooshing technique to add several colors of green ink. I used white flowers with wood beads from Prima to decorate the saguaro.

The quail are from the Birds of Earth & Sky die from Cheery Lynn Designs. They're cut from a beautiful piece of handmade paper (Recollections).

For the sun (or moon!) element, I inked scrap paper with an orange ink, dabbed it with a watermark ink pad, and coated it with orange embossing powder. It's cut with a circle die.

I cut the banner from more scrap paper, inked it brown, coated it with a thick layer of Glossy Accents and covered it with a mix of taupe mica chips (Stampendous) & a purple/gold chip mix from my stash. While the piece was partially dried but still damp, I added a layer of Brown Sugar embossing powder (Zing).

I left the wood veneer sentiment alone, except for heating it a bit with my heat tool to enhance the dark edges. I'm very pleased with how this came together. Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teamies and hope you'll join us this month at UnstampaBelles!
Inkspirational #106: Rock
Latina Crafter #58: Sketch
MFP Stamps Challenge: Faux Patina
Scrapy Land Challenge #39: SL die (Cheery Lynn)

Update: This won the prize for MFP Stamps Week 15 as well as Latina Crafter #58!

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  1. wow amazing texture here, every inch of the card has a different feel, great card and thanks for joining Ink

  2. Beautiful background and card. Thank you for sharing with us at MFP Stamps Challenge.

  3. Wonderfully unique! Thanks for playing along with us at MFP Stamps Challenge!

  4. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at the MFPSS Blog Challenge this week. We look forward to your creative projects in the future! kReN, MFPS DT

  5. beautiful I love how you layer the desert on the patina love tfs MFPSS Lis DT

  6. A lovely card! TFS at MFPSS this week - I wish you the best in the win! Gail SR DT

  7. Fabulous card. Thanks you for participating with Latina Crafter on April's Sketch. Have a nice month!!!

  8. Cute card! The texture to the background is great and the cactus is really fun. Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  9. Not only a fabulous technique, but I'm delighted with your inspiration source: spring in Arizona! My husband and I have traveled to Tucson in the past and loved it! So glad you shared your rock-themed creativity in the Inkspiration gallery!


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