Monday, May 30, 2016

The golden peaches of Samarkand

My husband been has reading up on the history of the Silk Road, so when I asked him for a crafting prompt (I just like being challenged!) he suggested the golden peaches of Samarkand. Along with a sketch from Less is More and photo inspiration from Stampin' Royalty, I was inspired to make this CAS card featuring the Flutter Tree die set from Spellbinders.

I cut the tree 3 times, once from a gold cardstock (I used the same gold for the butterflies) & twice from a textured white paper. I inked the bottom tree a solid orangey-color, but used 3 orange inks for the top tree.The background is three pieces of bright white paper; The bottom piece is completely dry-embossed, the middle layer is just flat, and I carefully embossed only a portion of the top layer. Inspired by the sketch & theme, I made a sort of migration pattern out of the gold butterflies. The sentiment was stamped in black on a banner die cut from more of the textured white paper & inked with a marigold-yellow ink. I'm pleased with the result.
Less is More #278: Sketch
Stampin' Royalty #331: Photo Inspiration

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  1. What a great prompt from your husband and a fantastic take on it. So much thought has gone into this card and the result is stunning. Fab LIM entry!

  2. Seems like we have quite a lot of layers this time, but it's a super design and the tree is fab!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  3. Well you rose to that challenge - not sure what I would do with the golden peaches of smarkand!! Love the oranges and golds on the elegant tree and the embossed background. Lots of texture and pretty details on your design. Thank you for sharing with us at Less is More :)

  4. This is a "wow" card - great prompt from husband.

  5. Those warm colours really pop against the cool white background. As Chrissie said, there are quite a few layers, but I don't think the card would work nearly as well without them. That tree is a real focal point. Thanks for sharing this with us at Less is More.
    Sharon xx

  6. Gorgeous tree die and I love the multi layered effect!
    Thanks so much for joining us this week
    “Less is More”


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