Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #114 - A Sponged Pear

This week Ann is our Hostess at the Paper Players, & she has created this fun sketch challenge for you to try out:-

I knew exactly what my "any shape" would be, as I had been playing around with my new Cannery Dies.  I have to admit it though, the three lines in the sketch gave me grief, as I wanted them to be subtle, so my sponged pear was the focus of attention.  I think I achieved that by layering pierced vanilla strips on the embossed vanilla background.

I used a white gel pen to add a delicate pattern to the jar cover & finished it off with a twine trim.

Here's a close up of the pear, complete with speckles!  I have to thank the lovely Christine Blain for inspiring/enabling my recent purchase of a spritzer - thanks Christine ♥.  I die-cut the pear in Very Vanilla, then gently sponged it all over with River Rock, then Pear Pizzazz.  I added a hint of blush to the left side with Peach Parfait & then spritzed the pear with Early Espresso.  The stalk was trimmed from a leaf from the Bird Builder Punch & attached with Crystal Effects:-

When I was experimenting with the pear, I also tried a sponged apple, if you are interested, I've added that at the end of the post.

We hope you can join us at The Paper Players this week.  As always, the Design Team have a fabulous array of projects to inspire you, & you can find them here:-

Lesley Croghan (taking a well earned break) - Always Playing with Paper
Ann Schach - The Stampin' Schach
Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne
Jaydee - Jaydee's Stamping
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts
Amy White - White House Stamping
Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz
Jen Arkfeld - Stamped Silly

See you at The Paper Players.  :)

Card Components:  (all SU)
Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Inks:  Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, River Rock, Peach Parfait, Versamark
Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved
Other:  Cannery Dies, Small Oval Punch, Essentials Piercing Kit, Bird Builder Punch, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, lots of Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder (Jar Label). Crystal Effects, Espresso Marker & Spritzer, Linen Thread, White Gel Pen

&, if you are still with me, here is the apple:-


Nance Leedy said...

Oh Helen, that pear is gorgeous! So realistic. i am in awe of the sponging--especially the highlighted blush and the speckles are just perfect! Love your subtle banner strips too--plain on the embossed background is a lovely effect. Gorgeous card!

Fiona Harrison said...

Wowsers, that pear is amazing. the apple is very clever, but the pear is incredible!

LeAnne said...

That is the YUMMIEST-looking pear I have ever seen! I think you have challenged me to try one of these myself! I like your subtle strips; the whole card is beautiful! The apple is pretty too!

Melissa said...

A stunning card, that pear is just gorgeous too.

Christine Blain said...

Helen, this is simply delightful! (I wanted to say gorgeous, but it seems everyone else has already said that!) I am very happy to be an enabler, any day - and you have put your Color Spritzer to great use, giving that divine pear an amazing finish. LOVE the crisp white background, and that you've used Early Espresso for the jar 'lid' - it looks great. I love this card!!

Lynne Armstrong said...

LOVE this Helen...the pear looks AMAZING (nice apple too!). The all-white background really makes the pear pop. The whole card is brilliant :)
Hugs xx
PS BOO on the silly spammers :(

Crealotte said...

Hi Helen,
Very nice card! I was wondering, what do you use for sponging? I just never get this wonderful look!

Kim S said... looks edible. You were right to showcase the pear.

Amy White said...

Wow, that sponged pear looks amazing Helen! And I love how you've layered the pierced strips over the embossed background - so delicate and pretty!

Ann Schach said...

Wow! Your pear is absolutely gorgeous, Helen! I love the texture and the paper pierced strips! This is a fabulous card, my friend!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Sorry I have been MIA again! Just LIFE! Love this card, Helen! Those cannery dies are fab! So far have resisted ... But you are making it mighty hard! Hugs xxx

Nikki Spencer said...

These look good enough to eat..:0) That pear is wonderfully life like, well done! I love the bold splash of colours on the