This was inspired by Shelly Hickox and a "Western Bandanna" card she did. I've been very intrigued by the Bandanna technique since I love to doodle. I was also intrigued by the wrinkle free distressing she had talked about, and I adore that look and the colors.
The distressing takes some time...but the results are so worth it. But I liked the background so much I couldn't bring myself to "Bandanna" it with the white pen!
I loved the colors, and thought a bare tree would look good with them. So I made another background, a little lighter than the last and made a card out of it.
I used carpet tape to put this card together. It's pretty heavy duty. And of course, as I was trying so hard to put the background on the black card base...painstakingly trying to make sure it was straight...and wouldn't ya know....it's crooked! Then when I was putting the orange mat on the tree piece....and this part seems pretty fool proof because I use the Perfect Layers ruler thingies from Stampin' Up. But for some reason the left side of the orange cardstock cut EXTREMELY crooked. I have no idea how it could even happen. And since all the very many layers of this card are held together with a foot of carpet tape...I couldn't pull it apart and redo it without wrecking it. So, this card is a little wonky...but I really like the colors! I really like the wrinkle free distressing too, and think I will be doing more of it.
I'd love to give you details on the stamps I used...but most of them are all some old UnMounted stamps I had in my binder and have no idea where they came from. The only ones I am sure of are the swirls or flourishes...they are clear stamps from Autumn Leaves.