Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Gingersnap Creations Challenges

The weather is starting to turn frosty in St. Louis... the holidays are just around the corner!

I couldn't resist creating for a Gingersnap Creations challenge this month.  Not only are the challenges No Stress (and they promise it), Cornish Heritage Farms is also sponsoring their design team this month.

GC25: Chestnut Theme Challenge - Harvest

Fall Harvest:

This card came together quickly.  I stamped the Fall Harvest image on glossy cardstock with Timber Brown StazOn ink.  I colored the image using pen nibs and my Distress ink pads (and it seemed like I used every single one of them).  :-)  To help you with the step by step process, there is a wonderful tutorial on CHF's forums to give you a hand called Vintage Photo Tinting.

After I finished coloring the image, I used a sanding block to rough up the image.  I know... it seems odd to mess with a pretty colored image.  But the truth is that Glossy cardstock won't absorb all the ink.  By roughing up the image, it hides any imperfections and gives a great vintage look.  To see a tutorial for this detail, check out the Faux Fabric / Faux Linen Technique at CHF.  I used Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress ink to age the photo... such a great technique.  It's probably one of my favorites!

I deliberately created lighter and darker areas of the sky (Broken China).  When I sanded the image, it really gives the illusion of fluffy white clouds.

To see all the great projects, be sure to check out Gingersnap Creations for more Harvest inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Fall Harvest (Saturday Evening Post) by Cornish Heritage Farms

-Timber Brown StazOn ink by Tsukineko
-Vintage Photo, Old Paper, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Spice Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Fired Brick Distress inks by Ranger

-Kraft and Dark Suede Brown by Prism Papers
-Dark orange by C’oredinations
-Glossy cardstock by Ranger

-Ornamental Iron Cuttlebug folder by Provo Craft
-felt by Prima Marketing
-flower by Fancy Pants
-brad by Karen Foster
-ribbon by May Arts
-Pen Nibs and ink blending tool by Ranger
-Sanding block

-Faux Linen / Faux Fabric
-Vintage Photo Tinting


  1. That is a gorgeous project Lise!


  2. Wow, this is gorgeous! You created such a beautiful effect with the distress inks and the sanding.. love the softness of it.

  3. Beautifully done! I love how you tinted the image. I have that stamp and it just gets used sooo much!