Hello, and happy Monday!  It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next couple of weeks, we have a challenge theme of “When Nature Calls”.  Your card should feature something found in nature.  Remember to make it A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and thin enough to fit in an envelope.

I pulled out a lot of retired supplies for my card – the stamps, the multicolored ink pad, and the red and mustard cardstocks.  I made the focal panel by liberally spritzing water onto a piece of natural cardstock, inking up the leaf stamps with the multicolored ink pad, and stamping onto the wet cardstock, which caused the dye ink to run and blur.  After the cardstock dried, I stamped the leaves again, providing the detailed veining in them.  The layout of my card is OWH Stars & Stamps sketch #253.  I’m also going to enter this card into the current Retro Rubber “Anything Goes” challenge.

CIE 05-04-2015

sketch 253

Now it’s your turn!  Show us your own card depicting something found in nature by linking it to the Cards in Envy challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 17.  We’d love to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by today.

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Autumn, Always On My Mind
Cardstock: Ruby Red, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Pumpkin Patch Spectrum pad
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

7 Responses to “Cards in Envy – When Nature Calls”

  1. This is gorgeous!! Those leaves are life like!! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber!!

  2. Gorgeous watercolor style effect. What a beautiful card! Thanks for doing the RR challenge!

  3. What a fabulous stamping technique, Patricia! These leaves are just gorgeous!

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  4. I love how you added the detail after the watercolor effect dried… very pretty! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber this week!

  5. Hi, Patricia!

    What a lovely interpretation of this week’s Operation Write Home sketch — as well as the CIE When Nature Calls challenge! Love how you created those pretty leaves. I’ve never tried spritzing the paper before stamping. And, what a creative idea to then stamp again once the paper has dried. Definitely going to have to give this a try. 🙂

    Thanks so much for playing along with our OWH Sketch Challenge!

  6. It is always great to learn new techniques to use with stamps. I will need to remember this! Thanks such much for sharing with us at RRBC!

  7. Very colorful and pretty card! Interesting technique!! Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber this week!

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