Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday #258

Hi there and welcome back!  Are you ready for another Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge?  This week, your hostess is yours truly and I have a question for you..."Wood" You Be Mine?


That's right....I am challenging you to use any wood element on your card or project!  You can read all about it here.

Now, despite the play on words...it does not have to be specifically a Valentine's card, any card or project will do as long as there is some kind of wood element present...let your imagination run wild!  I decided to do a birthday card this week and use the gorgeous stamp set Cherry Blossoms for my main image.  This is the first time I have used this stamp set, but I am already besotted.  

You may have noticed this is not my usual card style...at all.  I wanted to try something a little different for this card. I was going for more clean and simple, although simple is an interesting word choice...it was anything but simple for me.  I thought the cherry blossom branch paired with a wood texture plate would make an interesting combination.  I ended up stamping my image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on to Flourishes Classic White cardstock then coloring it in with Copics.  Next, I used the "Out of the Box" technique for my oval die cut/sentiment treatment...actually, this is the reverse of that with my fussy cut portion of the image spilling into the negative space, if that makes sense.  There is a wonderful tutorial on this on Splitcoast Stamper's website here

Next, I ran my panel through my Spellbinders Grand Calibur with a wood grain texture plate.  Now...I will just go ahead and tell you this for future reference, I will try using the texture plate first next time before I die cut my space because the little branch was so delicate, that when I ran it through to emboss....well, I bet you can guess....it tore the branch.  Soooo, I glued it back on.  I am hoping that it is not noticeable!  Live and learn, right?  The rest of the card is simply another white cardstock panel underneath the image panel and a card base of Tonal Neutrals Color Made Easy card stock.  I did pull out my trusty Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen for some of the vertical edges and I also sponged some Ranger Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass to give a little pop of color for my sentiment and some Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen for some detail around the edges.  And speaking of sentiment, it is actually from the Hollyhocks stamp set.  

For my finishing touches, I used my Atyou Spica Clear Glitter pen, a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen in white, and some tiny pearls.  I am not sure if you can see it in the photo, but there is a little sparkle on the open cherry blossoms from the glitter pen.  

Well, that is all for my card this week.  I hope you are inspired to play along with us this week....but before you go getting all Paul Bunyan on your own project, please check out what my incredibly talented team mates have created for you...and make sure you leave them a little blog love while you are there!  Don't forget to link up your project on the Flourishes site for a chance to win a prize!  I can't wait to see what you come up with....take care and thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Ranger Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass
Dies:  Spellbinders Classic Oval Large set
Other:  Wood Grain Texture plate, Pearls, Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing Pen, Atyou Spica Clear Glitter Pen, Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen in White, Foam Dimensionals
And these Copic Colors:  R000, R81, R83, R85, R89, E70, E71, E74, E77, E79


  1. Paul Bunyan???...you crack me up! But, seriously, Girl, your card is jaw-dropping Gorgeous! Your coloring with the glitter pen (yes, I can see it) and pearls is so elegant, and the woodgrain embossed over it is really pretty. I'm going to have to talk you to about the "in the box" technique you did for your sentiment. It looks amazing! I just got this set, and now I've just got to use it. I had no idea it could look this beautiful. Thanks for always inspiring me, sweetie! And, btw, have fun with your snow days! ;)

  2. Having the cherry blossom end in a negative die cut? Brilliant! Looks fabby!

  3. TOOO PRETTY KATIE!!!!!!!!!!:) Just your saying "Paul Bunyan" gave me an IDEA!!!!!!!!!!! LOL :) WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!;) This is a BEAUTIFUL IMAGE TOO!!!! :)

  4. Oh, Katie, first of all, I was chuckling too as I read your description of how created this beauty!! What fun...sort of, since it's definitely different for you. But it's gorgeous! And oh if we could count the times we end up having to redo or fix or reglue! LOL! But what a delight! It's beautiful with your lovely coloring as always, and I love the wood grain texture, along with your gold edges. Beautiful, sweet friend! And thanks for the laugh!!

  5. Oh me oh my Peach this is beautiful! Love that cool in/out of the box technique. LOL I'll have to check that out on SCS. Love the embossing, the layering....shoot the whole darned thing! Another stunner. Hugs!

  6. The woodgrain background is beautiful with the cherry blossoms! I love the simplicity, or perhaps I should say the appearance of simplicity. Sometimes the simplest cards are the most difficult. I know of but haven't tried either kind of out of the box with nesties. I must put that on my to do list. The gold edges are a brilliant touch with the woodgrain. Altogether gorgeous, Katie!

  7. As usual the golden touch (and not just with the Krylon marker) - love how you let the cherry blossoms stand out on the white background, but still managed to add the texture and not take away from their beauty. The negative space for the sentiment with the branch in it is perfect. Pure lovliness.......now if this ice and sleet would just disappear so the real Cherry Blossoms would bloom for us. Guess I'll have to enjoy yours until then. Hugs.

  8. how pretty! I especially like your wood grain background. It makes the pink Cherry Blossoms pop. :)

  9. Hi Katie,

    I actually don't know what to say. Your card is stunning, breathtaking!



  10. Classy is what this is Katie. I like these cherry blossoms and the fact that you have the wood grain texture makes it all he more real life like. Beautiful

  11. This card is so beautifully done Katie! I love how the blossom falls over the sentiment opening and soft colors to go with it. But the color of the blossom just makes it stunning over the white and subdued colors. Thanks for this great challenge!

  12. Beautiful! This has such an elegant feel... with Asian tones and the special "Katie Gold Edges" touches! Love it!

  13. I love this simple yet extremely elegant card, Katie! I love the cutting out inside/outside the shape too!

  14. Oh My! This is just Lovely! The whole look is perfect, I'm difnetly going to try embossing like you did with the wood... It's just beautiful!!