Thursday, January 3, 2008

shades of chocolate

When I saw this photo in a Linen Source catalog last year I just knew I would have to use it as an inspiration for a card. Isn't this bedding yummy? I really love the simple stripes in shades of brown and the lovely flowers embroidered on the vanilla fabric.

Up until a few days ago I didn't really have the right stamps to try to mimic this look, but then I got the Embrace Life set.

I used Chocolate chip card stock for a base, with a stripe of creamy caramel and brushed gold. I then used some of the chocolate chip satin ribbon for the last stripe. The satin ribbon is not available on a roll any more, but you can still get it as part of the Theater ribbon originals!

For the main image I stamped the cherry blossoms in chocolate chip on a piece of very vanilla card stock. On a separate piece of very vanilla card stock I stamped the larger flower in chocolate chip ink, cut it out, colored it with a creamy caramel marker and accented with the gold zig painty. I could have stamped the flower on creamy caramel card stock, but I wanted a little variation in the color. I adhered the large flower to the cherry blossom background with a dimensional and added a creamy caramel mat, which I edged with the zig painty. I have to thank my friend Karen Salsini for the idea to add a gold edge -- great idea Karen! I attached the image to the card front and stamped the embrace life sentiment right on the satin ribbon with encore gold ink. It's a fun card that shines nicely when it catches the light!

9 comments:

sandie carter said...

This looks great - I have to make a conscious effort to use brown on my cards and even then it is usually with pink. TFS

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

This is beautiful. I think I may need to try a card for your inspiration picture. Love this color combination.

Juliann said...

Very pretty!!! Love that you stamped on the ribbon!!! I bet it is very shiny IRL!

Elizabeth said...

Lovely! I would like to have that bedroom set up..

and I really like the way you stamped on the ribbon!

Liz

Denise... said...

Love it.

dd2njoy said...

I love how and where you get your inspiration from!!! It looks fabulous Diane!!!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Yup! Couldn't resist. Here's my version:

http://lacyquilter.blogspot.com/2008/01/chocolate-anyone.html

Kristie Parkins said...

Diane,

I found your blog through Hope (Stampin' and Scrappin'), and now I check back often! You make some great cards. I have ordered this set and can't wait to use it. I love what you've done with it. I've seen a lot of samples using the colors from the Ginger Blossoms paper, but I love this look too!

Thanks for sharing, and hope you have a great time at Leadership!

Crafty Connie said...

Very beautiful card!