Green Paper Collage challenge : )

close-up of "The letter"
Well, I am way behind in doing my lessons (Collage Basics class) with Mary because I've been quite busy, but this month's challenge on Mary's blog was just what I needed to get me creating! At the beginning of each month Mary gives us a challenge to use all three images she provides on a collage sheet. Read all about it and download the full size image sheet on this post found on Mary's blog: Green Paper. Below, see a smaller version of the required images & my collage response! Mary's challenge images for December:

And here is the full collage I did -it is 5" x 7" ~ click on it for more details. Once you get to the image you can click on it again for a larger version!

I used a floral background paper provided by Mary in the Collage Basics class to layer a copy of the woman printed on matte presentation paper on top of. First, I ran around the edges of her with a brown ink pad and painted her dress with shimmery Twinkling H2Os. I cut a slit under her arms so I could insert the letter. I glued the woman down to the background and then used a copy of "Presented" that I printed on vellum (sheer, almost see-through paper) over her. I had cut it so she was only half-way covered by the vellum. the black roses are a rub-on from Basic Grey. I used scraps of the vellum around the white edges of my  paper and then sewed a black & white check ribbon down one edge. 

Thanks, Mary. This creative work was just what I needed today! xo lenna