This card has a tan base that has been stamped with a secondary image (meaning I stamped once on scrap paper and then several times on my card for lighter images) of my floral branch (the stamp set is the retired Eastern Influences from Stampin' Up!). The main branch image was stamped on white cardstock and then cut out. As you can tell, it wasn't the best candidate for cutting out - lots of detail work later, it still doesn't quite have the clean silhouette I wanted.
This past month, Cheryl had a challenge for her stamp class: bring a card inspired by a magazine layout or similar item (check out her card for an example).
When we were on our trip, we were given this flyer for a winery across the street from our hotel. Even though we didn't go over there, I kept the flyer with my trip memorabilia because it was just so pretty. On the afternoon of stamp class, with nothing to bring for challenge, I finally realized that was exactly the sort of thing that could inspire a card.
I painted in the branches with Twinkling H2Os by LuminArte , which has a pretty shimmer that doesn't really show in the photos. The cut out branch was still too wet when I tried to adhere it (hey, class was about to start!) so I tore it in a couple of places! I glued it on ok, though and "accented" the torn spot with some gold Stickles.
The bottom third of the card has the Woodgrain background stamp. I used some flourishy stamps to barely decorate the edges of my white circle for my "Thinking of You" sentiment and put a scrap of leftover ribbon in the bottom corner.