i'm sure you've heard me refer to myself as a "technique-free zone" and i stand by that description. when it comes to papercrafting, i'm really more into the paper than anything else. also, i confess, i am not super-great at following written instructions; though nowadays most tutorials seem to have step-by-step photos, and of course youtube has at least one video of how to do absolutely ANYTHING! however, i genuinely believe that a big part of the point of participating in challenges is to try things i would not otherwise have attempted. so i did a little surfing, and a little reading, and i found this cool tutorial and decided to give faux embossed leather a shot. it turned out to be pretty easy, plus it impressed lovely husband jeff no end. score!
i selected this rich brown shade, and started leafing through my stash of vintage illustrations, thinking i'd be making a "guy card" for my uncle ron's upcoming birthday. but somehow, the card took on a life of its own, and decided to become a rather flowery, somewhat frilly, totally glittery "just because" card for my friend diane who has a big event coming up in her life. i'm always a bit bemused by the mysterious way these things seem to happen, but i usually roll with it, just to see where i'll end up.
my gorgeous faux leather went from being the central element/focus of the card to a sort of "very special guest star" role, so here's another shot that shows it a little closer up:
now i highly recommend a visit to see the amazing work of my SOS cohorts, because i happen to know that none of them are "technique-free zones" and all of them have outdone themselves creating for you this week!