23 January 2014

The Card Concept - Challenge #2 Texture

Hi there! Well, what a wonderful response we had to our first challenge. The cards went across the styles from CAS to Shabby. Congratulations to the winners, and to everyone else, what amazing cards you shared with us.

Tracey and Lesley have set up a Card Concept Facebook page to run in tandem with the CC blog. You can, like, share and comment to your hearts content!! Find it here.

We are following the first challenge using Colour, with a second Challenge to use Texture . Have a look at the inspiration image for the Card Concept Challenge this week.


I was very struck with the texture of the roof, and the strong contrast between the greenery and the bright terracotta house.
When I thought of Texture and the image, stitching, and this lovely woven paper that I have had for years sprang to mind. The idea for the stitching came from a Stampin Up stamp that I am yearning after named 'Off the Grid'. I thought random crosshatching might have a similar feel to it. All threads are tucked inside. I really like how it looks. 

Another wee bit of texture was added to the flower by stamping it twice and cutting the top layer slightly smaller than the bottom layer. The flowers were then dry embossed with a wee dot folder.
There is also texture in the grey base card.
That's all touchable or physical texture, the visual texture comes from the different printed or stamped patterns. You can use just one, or both on your card.





Stamps: Papertrey Ink Rose 'Life is Sweet' stamps and dies. 'Me' is a Hero Arts Alphabet set.
Dies: Memory Box PARKER LOWER ALPHABET SET Craft DIE 98363, Spellbinders Circles, PTI Rose.
Card: Kaisercraft grey and black, Kaisercraft frame, Leaves from an unknown paper.
Embellishments: Ampersand Prima

Have fun creating texture on your card this week.
Hugs Karen

14 comments:

Hannelie said...

A feast for the eyes!
Thanks for the inspiration Karen, think I will join the challenge this time!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Texture, you nailed it! And depth and dimension and style and design! It's easy to see why you are on the DT, Karen! Hope you're have a great week! Hugs, Darnell

Loll Thompson said...

Always love your designs Karen. This is amazing! Such a fabulous mix of elements that all come together beautifully. Loll xx

Cathy Weber said...

I can see why you saved that woven paper for so long Karen...it would have been hard for me to cut into! Love what you have done to create texture on your card...and that rose? Wow. Stamped and lined up perfectly...I am in awe of your talent!

Joni nina Andaya said...

This is a Beautiful card Karen! So loving that big bold rose, so very Pretty on your card :)

KayM said...

Wow, Karen that's beautiful!! Your layering of all the pretty elements is amazing! Love that woven paper you used!! Lovely work!!

Bonnie said...

Wow, Karen, this is gorgeous! You have achieved so much texture with all these techniques!

Lee-Anne said...

This is absolutely stunning...the colors, the design...just fabulous!

Greta said...

One of my favorite stamp sets & you've made it into a gorgeous & unique card--love it!

Lesley Croghan said...

This card is SO cool...love the bold rough circle mixed with the beautiful flower!

Geri said...

WOW!!! A stunning creation that seriously needs to be framed and hanging on a wall! That woven paper is gorgeous - you did a fabulous job showcasing it! I haven't sewn for ages now but when I saw your stitching...it warmed my heart!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

I just love this card! Everything about it- wow! The dark gray base is so cool, with that gorgeous pop of red. I love the stitching that in some ways resembles drips. Just amazing!

Carol L said...

There is some fabulous texture to this beautiful card, for sure! I love the "you & me" and how you spaced the words around the pretty flower and frame! Very pretty!

Judy1223 said...

Karen, that is some amazing texture! Gorgeous layers, this is eye candy!