Hi Everyone. Happy Saturday.
It's the fabulous Nance's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a fabulous color challenge for us:
The minute I saw this I knew that I wanted to do a flower card but..... hang on.... there's no GREEN!!! How can I do a flower card without green? Help! Well, you know what, it's about time I got out of my literal zone and decided that this is my fantasy crafting world and I can have any color leaves and stems that I WANT!!! Yay.... for breaking the mold of conformist colors :-)
I'm attending the new onlinecardclass called Stretch your Stamps 2 and the talented Debby Hughes used balsa wood as her focal point base. Now, I have NEVER used balsa wood on a card and decided it was time I tried something different.
I had to go searching for it at JoAnn's, but it was so worth it. In case you are wondering, it's actually in the woodworking section :-)
I began by die cutting a piece of balsa wood with my Lil Inker stitched rectange die. (I LOVE these dies!) It went through my Big Shot beautifully and created a perfect rectangle for me to stamp on. Following Debby's lead, I used white embossing powder to heat emboss the image and then went about coloring it with the colors from the challenge.
As it was balsa wood, I decided to find the matching Copic markers for the colors. One word of advice... be VERY careful and very lighthanded when coloring on balsa wood, it will bleed if you don't!
I was thrilled with the outcome and decided I would certainly use it again on cards. I think it would be a great idea for a masculine or boy card. :-)
Here's my card:
Isn't that a pretty color scheme? Does it bother you that the leaves and stems are a mixture of yellow and grey and not green? I had to set my conformism aside and decide that I was actually totally OK with it!
You are probably wondering where the Blushing Bride is? Well, it's on the tips of the flowers. I promise you it is there, but the Calypso bled a little and makes it harder to see.
Don't you love the texture that the balsa wood gives? I really think it is very pretty.
One of the other things that I had to "let go of" for this card, was the need to have everything straight and square! I've noticed that many people are doing tilted angles for their cards and decided it was time to try it. There was something very freeing about letting go :-)
The design team have, once again, created some amazing cards for your inspiration. Don't forget to check out their blogs and then join us this week.
On a personal note:
It has been chaotic this weekand I haven't even gotten close to my stamping space until about 2.30 today! On top of that, I have an iMac and an AirMac and neither of them are working properly and it is making it pretty difficult to manipulate my photos and update my blog. I'm going to have to take both of them in to the Apple store and leave them for a week to get them fixed! One of them reboots several times in an hour.... I've never known Apple's do this. PC's yes. All the time. The infamous blue screen of death. Well, I learned, that with the Apple, you get the grey screen of death!
I do hope to be back with another card tomorrow, and to answer some of your questions. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
- Card stock: Whisper White. Basic Grey
- Stamps: Peaceful Petals.
- DSP: Moonlight