It's time for another Showdown challenge with my friend Lindsey (Jacksonbelle). If you're not familiar with our Showdown challenges, each month Lindsey and I challenge each other to a western themed project. One of us issues a challenge theme, we secretly work on our project using that theme as our only direction, and at the end of the month we reveal our projects on our blogs.
This month, Lindsey and I were kind of handed the subject for this month's Showdown challenge, which I'm calling "The Posse Rides".
Beth Matson recently sent Lindsey and I a surprise package with a few of these black cardstock laser cut cowboy dies made by Deluxe Cuts. She said she saw them and they reminded her of our Showdown challenges, so she bought enough to share! Wow! Thanks Beth!! Of course we had to use them for a Showdown - they're just cool! Beth recently made a card with one of the cuts as well. You can see her card in her SplitCoastStampers gallery here. Beth used designer paper from the same series of paper that I used!
The cuts are fairly large and since they are so big I kept the rest of the card size to a minimum. This finished card measures 4.75"x8.5" so I'll be making a custom envelope for it when it comes time to pop it in the mail. I chose to use designer paper by Cosmo Cricket (from the Wanted series). On the top layer of designer paper (the leather brown layer) I inked and distressed the edges and put a couple of quickly sewn stitch lines to loosely frame the cowboys. The cowboys are adhered to the designer paper with foam dimensionals to give them a bit of lift off of the card. I like the bit of shadow this creates, too.
On the bottom layer of designer paper (the sage green layer) I heavily inked and distressed the edges, then stamped the flourish from the Stampin' Up set Baroque Motifs. Have I mentioned how perfect this set is for western themed cards? (Probably...) But it's true, it is! I also ran a line of faux stitching around the outside edge of the paper. I like the subtle detail of faux stitching (and I'm kind of addicted to it if you haven't noticed...)
As a final detail on the card, I loosely wrapped some leather brown hemp cording around the card and tied on a cool western looking metal star button from my button stash. There's very little stamping done on this card, and the big die cut made it come together really quickly.
Be sure you check out Lindsey's Showdown project on her blog Embellished! This was another fun challenge Lindsey! Can't wait for Showdown #6!
If you happened to miss our first four Showdowns, here are links for you.
Showdown #1: Bronc Buster by Stampin' Up!
Showdown #2: Wanted by Stampin' Up!
Showdown #3: Leather
Showdown #4: Autumn in the Country
Watch for another Showdown next month!
Until then, don't squat with yer spurs on!