Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Rediscovering Brown

I haven't played around with a brown palette ever since overdosing on it with Tim Holtz when he first came onto the scene. Back then, I loved the vintage, distressed look. It didn't take much to entice me to whip out a jar of walnut stain and turn all things paper into varying brown shades.

But rather like Tim himself these days, I've put this style to one side. Been there, done that, stained the T-shirt.

However, I've revisited these autumnal hues for the latest challenge over at Casology; Brown!

I stamped a sentiment onto Kraft card, using black Archival ink. I cut a dark brown stitched rectangle using a Lil Inkers die. Then I took my Dots die from Penny Black and placed it centrally within the dark card.

Then came the tricky bit. I took the dots die again and used it on a reddish brown card. This time, I took the dots and filled them in on the brown cut out.  Believe me, it's one heck of a tricky jigsaw to piece back together. Thankfully most of the dots remained in the die which made placing them easier.

The effect is worth it though. 

You know, I thought I'd have more time to craft this month. Having now seen off my Inspired Patterns challenge. But I've done it again!!!! Back in March, I designed some papers for a 30 Day Play Project. And well, it's being run for one last time so I couldn't resist joining in with this wonderful group. Which means that in my spare time, I'm still beavering away. I'm doing something different but still around the world of design. Thankfully it's not a daily challenge but I've only got thirty days to complete it. If I'm feeling confident, I may share what I complete at the end of the month. We'll see.

But I am hopefully going to find time to craft too. I'm missing it!

Hope you are all settling down to some fun projects to while away these autumn days

Thanks for popping by


alexa said...

That sounds very tricky but the effect is really worth it. There's not a lot of brown around these days, but I am very fond of it myself. Glad you are creatively busy!

kjjc said...

you are a glutton for challenges aren't you? love this card tho it looks like it could have taken forever.

wienerhoneymooners said...

So glad that you "eeked out" some time for this challenge!! I agree with you - the die process to get those dots in place, so worth it!!! Love the bold, yet simple and clean crispness of this card!! Would love to be updated on the progress of your ongoing adventure!
Thanks so much for joining us this week at CASology - so glad that you did!

Ps, the world is do much better a place with Tim Holtz, I just wish my husband was the brainiac entrepreneur that blasted that niche market open!! LOL!!
Have a super day Paul!!

Monika Reeck said...

I love your card for Brown challenge on CASOLOGY ...can you believe that I love brown...I made also a card...and your is more dark brown in Germany we said Dunkle Braun... another nice and simple card Paul...and have a great Wednesday still...sweet dream it is 23:36 in Germany...LOL

Justie said...

Very cool card. I really like Tim Holtz products. Hope to maybe get more of them in the future. Hope all is well with you so far?

Claire said...

Oh it was definitely worth it Paul - I love it. But I can only imagine how long it took to get those pesky dots out of the die. Imagine if you'd had a few glasses of wine at the same'd have a completely different look probably lol!

Michele said...

Love this card, Paul - definitely worth the painstaking placement of all the circles! Great colour combination too x

Kay Wallace said...

Love your card today, Paul, and it is most definitely worth the time and effort it took to construct it! I a brown fan, and, generally, pop in a sweet color, as you have done here!

!neke said...

It is the first time I visit your blog!
I am !neke from the Netherlands!
Love your style !
Beatiful lay-out !

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Go collect your commission, my friend, I HAVE to have that stencil - this is graphic and fun! Thanks so much for joining us at CASology this week!

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

Oops - now I've read this more carefully and see it's a die. And strangely enough, I was doing exactly the same thing with a different die this afternoon (I cut two in white, and coloured the dots with copics before trying to piece them into the other one) - I gave up, but I can see that the result is well worth the effort!

Meghan said...

Such a cool card! Amazing technique! So glad you joined us at CASology this week!

mark gould said...

This is very cool, Love the cas style here, very classy.
Nice cute button cards too ;)