So lately I've been feeling pretty down and not really enjoying stamping as much as I usually do. My cards are all feeling a bit plain and boring for me too. Sad face, right? Today I found myself a bit ahead of things, so I decided to sit down and do a challenge for fun. I wanted to add a new technique into the mix as well. I find that expanding my skills and trying new things a breath of fresh air, so I thought that might be just what I needed. I decided to play along with the Pals Paper Arts sketch and to try the Faux Linen technique. I haven't used my new Distressing Essentials kit very much yet, so it was a perfect time to put it to use!
I used the Tea Stain ink on my image panel and I don't think it was quite dark enough to allow the linen texture to show up in my picture. I know next time to go darker for that part, but I do like how the card turned out. I seem to be drawn towards browns right now; maybe because of all the dead trees we have from the drought? Or maybe cheery colors just aren't fitting my mood? Either way, I do like mixing them up. I never thought I'd be using Soft Suede as much as I have been! It is a bit of an ugly color. :) All the panels are sponged to give them some depth and I pulled out my favorite retired ribbon, Early Espresso satin.
Stamps: Best Friends Forever, Nature Walk, En Francais
Ink: Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Tea Stain distress ink
Paper: Glossy White, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Neutrals Patterns DSP stack
Tools/Accessories: Distressing Essentials kit, sponges, Early Espresso Satin ribbon