Hi Everyone. Happy Saturday.
It's the fabulous Anne Marie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and it's a corker!
She managed to choose 4 colors that I rarely use. Now, my initial thought was to run for the hills, but then I realized... that's what color challenges are for. 1) they make you give a little love to inks that are normally covered in cobwebs! 2) they push you to try something new 3) the force you to get the creative juices going 4) sometimes, you might actually end up enjoying using them! Just like I did with this challenge!
For some reason I had it in my head to use DSP for the colors. Initially I really battled getting the colors to work for me. There was something about the dark blue that just wasn't working. After 2 hours of fiddling and pfaffing I decided I was just going to live with it and got ready to assemble my card. STOP! REWIND! I'd used Pacific Point instead of Island Indigo. No wonder the dark blue wasn't working for me! Back to my big shot to start all over! Note to self: next time, don't get distracted!
Here's my card:
I am really not that fond of Rich Razzleberry. I wasn't fond of it when it was an in color, and I am still not fond of it now that it's back as a core color. I don't know why. It just doesn't work for me. So, I relegated it to a color in the umbrella. However, I realized that the tones of the razzleberry dots really echoed the pinky tones in some sequins I had bought recently. VOILA. A way to add a little bling and interest without overpowering the card!
I ran the umbrella dies through my Big Shot - once with Island Indigo card stock and the next time with the umbrella pieces die and the Patterns Pack polka dot DSP for Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry and Baja Breeze. That allowed me to incorporate the colors into my umbrella and choose the color that I wanted to highlight. In this case, it was definitely the Island Indigo. So I cut the umbrella handle using Indigo, and used it again for the sentiment.
I decided to shower the recipient with love - so stamped the heart raindrops in Crumb Cake at the top left of the card and added a couple of sequins (secured with Crystal Effects) to add that pop of interest and shine.
All that was left to do was to tie a little bow around the handle of the umbrella. This helped to bring the eye back down to the level of the sentiment, and added a touch of softness. I adhered the umbrella handle directly to the focal point layer and then mounted the umbrella head on dimensionals and adhered it over the top of the handle.
You will notice that I dry embossed most of the background. However, I needed to have a flat area to place the sentiment. To do that, I ran the embossing folder through my Big Shot, but stopped just shy of where the sentiment was going to be. I also ran it through at a slight angle. That allowed me to get the embossed chevron dots where I wanted them, but left the bottom left hand corner non-embossed - perfect for the sentiment.
Don't forget to pop along to the Paper Players to check out the fabulous design team cards. Oh... and we would love it if you would play along with us this week.
On a personal note
Well, it might be the 14 April. But we still have snow on the ground. Take a look at this
Now.. I know that we live in the mid-west and it's possible to get snow in April. However, we have had snow on the ground, non-stop for 5 months now. As you can see, it isn't just a dusting of snow either! Seriously, it's time for spring!!!! :-)
I'll be back tomorrow with another challenge card. In the meantime, thank you for visiting! Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight. Special prayers for Beverlee.
Card ingredients - Stampin' Up! unless noted
- Card stock: Island Indigo, Very Vanilla
- Ink: Island Indigo
- DSP: Patterns Pack: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze
- Stamp: Umbrella die and stamps (MFT)