For the design of Dad's card I turned again to the yummy Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection set of stamps I recently bought. This time I've used the splendid acorn image and kept my colour scheme autumnal.
Firstly I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then used Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo and Crushed Olive to distress the whole layer. I used a water brush and the same DI's to add more colour to the image. I then added the image layer over a slightly larger layer of SU! Early Espresso cardstock and attached this over a layer of 'So Saffron' cut just a little smaller than the base card. A length of dark brown grosgrain ribbon tied around and a SU! sentiment stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink finished off the design.
I also handmade Dad a gift for his birthday, this lap quilt should keep him cosy through the winter months I hope.
This is the first quilt I've made from pieces I cut myself rather than ready cut pieces and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. It has an eclectic mix of colours as I used some fat quarters I'd bought when I first got interested in trying quilting, they all have the same design just different colours so I think I got away with it !
The design looks far more complicated and than it actually is to stitch, my inspiration came from a video I found on YouTube called 'Ten Minute Blocks'. I find the 'Maths' of Quilting as detailed in all the quilting books I've studied a bit intimidating so I just jumped right in with both feet and hoped that all the pieces would fit together as they were meant to. I can see where I went 'wonky' in a few places, but it was a great learning experience and now that I know what NOT to do, I can hopefully improve my skills on my next quilt.
That's it from me today folks, hope you've enjoyed your visit and come back again real soon to check out more of my projects.