Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Harvest Challenge Card

For the month of October I have the pleasure of being one of the Guest Designers for Sweet N Sassy stamps and today I have a great little card to share with you that uses the stamp set designed by Korin called Happy Harvest!

This card meets a couple of challenges. I was able to play along in my first Dirty Dozen challenge at SCS this month! The challenge is called "You want a {Paper} Piece Me?" and it is to use paper piecing on our card and to incorporate Fall (or Christmas) colors as well. The other challenge is a sketch challenge and I based my card's layout off of this week's Mojo Monday sketch which you can find HERE! I didn't follow it exactly, but I definitely let my design flow from that one so I wanted to give Julee the credit!

Here is a picture of the Mojo Monday sketch 109...
And here is my card based (slightly) on the sketch...

When I knew I was going to use the scarecrow image from the Happy Harvest stamp set sometime during this month as SNSS GD, and I saw this DP, I knew I had to incorporate it into the design. I felt like the DP compliments the feel that I was going for on this card. The DP is from K & Co. I paper pieced the scarecrow's face, shirt and the patches on his overalls. The rest of the images were colored with my Copic markers.

Obviously this card is a fall-themed card that is designed to give to some one over the Thanksgiving holidays. So it was important to me that through this card I could elicit feelings of a farm, raggedy fabrics and warmth.

I want to share with you the ways that I tried to accomplish those things...

To create the feel of a farm, I simply used the masking technique and created the scene that you see here. I stamped the scarecrow on the image panel and again on a piece of scratch paper. I placed the scratch paper over the stamped image and then created the cornfield by repeatedly stamping the cornstalks to make the scarecrow to appear that he is in the middle of a cornfield. I colored the ground to look like dirt.

To add to the feel of a farm, I chose to use Burlap which I frayed on all edges and placed under the image panel. Certainly a burlap sack makes you think of a bag of potatoes or vegetables that are harvested from a farm.

Raffia is another accent that can be used to add to projects that are rustic, or country-like. I added the orange button and the orange ribbon to add flair and whimsy to the otherwise muted colors on the card!

To continue on with the rugged feel, I also added staples to attach my image panel to the card base.
I hope you like it and maybe even got some ideas from me on how to carry out your card's themes as far as you can on your projects. Try to think things through and see what you can do to improve upon the theme of your card by adding extra touches!
Don't forget to stop over at Sweet N Sassy stamps! Korin has some wonderful Fall and Thanksgiving stamp sets that are perfect for your projects for this time of the year! And to see some more of the cards that were created for this month's Dirty Dozen challenge by some of the other DD or DDAlumni, enter DCPOM1009 into the SCS Galleries search bar.
Please have a wonderful day and may your bucket overflow with your own happy harvest in your heart!


Teri said...

This is fabulous! Just love all the texture you added to the card!
Have a great day!
Teri x

PaperCrafty said...

This is FABULOUS!! I love the scarecrow image and the burlap and raffia are awesome fall embellishments!!

Katie Skiff said...

That is so cute!! I love the burlap...that is awesome!! I am going to see what you did for the DD!! YAY!!!

Jeannie said...

The burlap, the raffia, luv it all!

Peace and Luv,

Barb g (WV) said...

Fabulous Fall Card! Love the addition of burlap...fantastic for the theme.