Dynamic Duos #8

Time for a new challenge at Dynamic Duos!  This week we are featuring River Rock & Always Artichoke.  You are welcome to use a neutral color as well. I chose Bamboo and New England Ivy from Close To My Heart, with Kraft as my neutral color.

My card is based on the sketch challenge at Viva La Verve.  The sketch looks a little intimidating at first, but I loved working with all of the layers.

I incorporated a lot of sponging and natural textures into my card.  My Colonial White base was sponged with Bamboo ink.  I added strips of burlap to my die cut along the edge and tied my wood button with a left over strip of burlap as well.

All supplies by Close To My Heart, except where noted:

D1298 Beautiful Things

D1476Card Chatter-Sympathy

D1477Universal Backgrounds

Sentimental About Sympathy by MFT

1388 Colonial White Cardstock

1301 Bamboo Cardstock

Z1375 Kraft Cardstock

X5920 New England Ivy Cardstock

Retired New England Ivy B&T

Z2103 Bamboo Ink Pad

Z2135 New England Ivy

Z1387Wooden Buttons


Fishtail Dies by MFT

Vertical Greetings Die by MFT

 I made this card with the intentions that it could be sent to a male or female.  I did not add alot of frill to the card.  Instead of adding more layers on the inside….I carried out the sponging to add texture and added a single strip of burlap to the bottom. 

Some of you old timers, might recognize the plaid paper.  Years ago, Close To My Heart sold pattern paper with various designs to match their cardstock.  You received 24 sheets in each pack.  All of the papers featured one color mixed with white.  Obviously white, was not going to go well with my Kraft scheme.  I loved this paper at the time, so I have hoards of it.  I am on a mission to use what I have.  My quick fix was to ink up the paper with my Bamboo ink…the result you will see below.  Now, instead of a stark white on green plaid…I have a nicely aged green plaid that will go well with my kraft paper.  I am sure we all have tons of pattern paper, that might not be just the right color.  Trying adding some ink and see if you like the results. 

I have also entered this card in the following challenges:

Delightful Challenges – Anything goes

Divas by Design – Diecut

Red Wagon
 – Kraft

Paper Crafting JourneyKraft

Shelter Challenge
 – Outdoors

Hurley Challenges
 – Dimension & texture

Thanks for stopping by!

19 thoughts on “Dynamic Duos #8”

  1. GORGEOUS card, Allisa!!! Oh my goodness…it is just STUNNING!!! Such a beautiful sentiment…I need to put that set on my wish list! Thank you for stopping by my blog during The Outlawz celebration 🙂 I appreciate the follow and am now following you as well! Hugs to you!

  2. Gorgeous creation, love the colours & layout!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Divas & Delightful Challenges this week, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  3. Gorgeous card love your image and your fabulous papers. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

  4. Wow! Allisa, you certainly rocked the sketch! I have to agree that it does look pretty intimidatng, at first glance. Love the tip you shared about adding ink to the BG paper, too. Very clever! Absolutely gorgeous, in every way! Hugs! 🙂

  5. What a lovely sympathy card, the sentiment is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing with us this week at Delightful Challenges for our "Anything Goes" Challenge hugs Susan x

  6. I have hoards of this exact same paper. I recently set it aside because the white background was too stark. Thanks for the reminder about inking it with Bamboo!!

  7. What a great way to make more use of your designer paper by sponging it with a different colour. Love how you have done it on this one.

  8. Oh gosh, what a lovely sympathy card this is! I really like that it is suitable for male or female–that's fairly rare. You have combined the perfect patterns to go with that tree!


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