Monday, November 15, 2010

November 15, 2010: 'Shrooms :)

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One of my coworkers recently had a medical scare with his oldest son; under the impression he was enjoying wild mushrooms on a hike, he poisoned himself with toadstools instead. Now that the danger is safely past, he is undergoing a considerable amount of chiding and teasing from his relieved family. As part of the teasing, they are treating him to a mushroom themed birthday party (much to his chagrin, I would imagine).

This card was commissioned as part of the theme; and what a tough one! I didn't have the slightest idea how to make a mushroom card, and they wanted it sized to fit a #10 envelope. I struggled a lot, but finally decided to do a paper pieced mushroom.

I found a free downloadable coloring book page (huge thank you to Ina Jane) and cut it up for my pattern. I cut the caps from Kraft paper and the stems from Vanilla. The stems and tops of the caps are sponged with Close to Cocoa ink, then I masked off the "gills" and sponged those with Timber Brown Staz-on. The lines for the gills are a dark brown Marvy marker. I was pleased at how realistic it came out. :)

I couldn't find the paper I wanted for the moss, so I dripped a bit of Handsome Hunter and Mellow Moss reinkers into rubbing alcohol in a mini mister and prayed down a scrap of Kraft. Then I punched it out with a geranium leaf punch by Punch Bunch.

I liked the look of the moss, so I used the same spray on a piece of white cardstock to make my green base card. The mushroom stamp on the custom Kraft envie is by Recollections.

Thanks for looking!

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