Friday, August 8, 2014

Moments in the Garden

Welcome back!  Hope you are having a great summer!

Weekly I volunteer at our University's Botanical Gardens. It is only a 13 week assignment since our summers are so short.  But they are glorious weeks as I watch the maturing of each plant in my 2 assigned raised beds. This results in gardening being one of my favorite themes in my creative work.

With this post I am playing in a challenge named after Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.   Every 2 weeks a new challenge is selected from the products and techniques shared in the book. Out of respect for Tim each player must use there own copy of the book. Anyone found sharing information will be disqualified. So that is the basics of this challenge. You will find Linda Ledbetter, the challenge coordinator with more details at the link above.

Please let me share how I created my card-

For my background I started with cool peri,wild plum and purple twilight alcohol inks and used Tim's dot fade and burlap stencils. As I look out over the vast botanical gardens the colors blend together so beautifully and that is what I tried to develop here.  Of course I work through many trials until I finally achieved results that matched the picture I had in mind.

I used stamps from Tim Holtz's Stamper's Anonymous collection for the plants, bird and sentiment and stamped with archival ink.  Highlights on the flowers were added with jelly roll pens and a Signo white pen.  I pulled apart a loosely woven ribbon to give the bird a place to rest and to add some subtle texture.

For the base foreground, I upcycled a piece of metal, painted with acrylic paint, embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder, added Inka Gold and cut the shape needed.

Thanks to the Curiosities Crew for this week's wonderful inspiration! And another special thanks to Inspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring these challenges!

This is also a reminder "summer" is the theme for this month's challenge over at Mixed Media Card Challenge  until August 25, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT -700).

Thanks for stopping in!  Have fun getting your fingers inky!


  1. Fabulous, Jan! Love all the texture and pattern.

  2. Wow Jan. This is a beautiful card background that you've created using Tim's faded layers technique. I love the color choices and your stencils. I also like your combination of the glossy paper and the embossed metal corner embellishment. The stamping and the bird in flight also look so nice! Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  3. Great card, loving those colours you chose, they really show the technique off perfectly... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge and hope to see you again soon x

  4. I like this EEnormously!! Your background is a gorgeous example of Faded Layers and the stamps you've chosen are some of my favorites. So glad you've entered this for CC3C!

  5. What a wonderful card Jan! love the colors and all the textures - a lovely way to remember your volunteer time taking care of the garden! (that must be a nice way to spend some time!)


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