Here is my entry for the Stampin' Up Online Guest Designer Challenge! The topic is SUMMER and when I think of summer I think of vacations, camping, and relaxing so this card was inspired by all of my favourite summer passtimes!
I made the adirondak chair first from a quick sketch I did at work on some scrap paper! When I got home I took a piece of SU glossy paper as it is stiff enough to bend into any shape I have EVER wanted to make for a card.
I then ran some SU paper through my Big Shot with one of the SU texturz plates. I used an SU brayer covered in River Rock craft ink to ink the plate. You can find the SU Texturz plate I used here in the 2010-2011 SU Idea Book and Catalogue on page 215 at the bottom. It is one of 3 double sided plates in 6 designs! I LOVE these plates as I love all the plates in Kit #4. I am not sure if these plates are retired or not, but if they are not I suggest that EVERYONE buy Kit #4 as the effects of all of these plates are just fabulous! I used a crease pad and it was hard to push through the SU Big Shot but the effect it made was lovely. I then cut the paper with my SU craft scissors into the shapes I wanted and used my SU corner rounder to round the corners out on the chair back. The paper I put through the Big Shot was left over from another SU project so if you look closely you can see the edges of the framelits used with the cutting side up and scratches made with my SU paper piercing tool. I used Soft Suede on a SU sponge dauber to spread that lovely brown colour on the chair and I also just took my Classic Soft Suede pad and pounded it down hard on a few spots to get that darker concentration of colour. I also ran the edges of the chair on the ink pad hard to get that darker, crisp line.
On SU Naturals paper, I stamped some trees from the "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set. I used Pear Pizzaz and Always Artichoke classic ink for the trees and then out lined a few trunks with my SU espresso marker. To stamp out the checkered blanket underneath I used the "Solid Stripes" wood mount stamp with Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke ink. This layer was tombowed down onto brown SU textured cardstock from my neutrals assortment! The flower in front of the chair was cut out from my newest SU flower punch on Beau Chateau paper. I used more soft suede ink to stamp out the sentiment from the "Tea Shoppe" set and then used my small scallop punch to punch it out. The leaves are from a sizzlit called little leaves. Hope you enjoyed learning how I made this adorable card. Must head off now! Take care! ~Happy Stampin'