You know those projects that just flow together perfectly? The ones where everything goes exactly as you imagined it? Yeah, this isn’t one of those.
I thought Paper Players Challenge # 235 would be easy peasy. But, I just couldn’t figure out how to put all four colors together.
Here’s Anne Marie’s beautiful pallette:
I pulled out card stock, inks and pens in all four colors. I dug out my DSP packs and pulled out sheets that featured these colors. I die cut banners and sayings, stamped flowers, embossed card bases. The most I could pull together were three colors at a time.
But, then I discovered the sunflower stamp in Petal Potpourri. I had used every other stamp in this set except for this one, so thought I would give it a try. I colored the stamp with So Saffron and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write markers and LOVED it. I like that it’s a sketched look, rather than all filled in, like the one I stamped to go under it.
From there, the rest of the card came together.
I had already cut out the word “Thanks” in Wild Wasbi while I was trying to get inspired. After playing with it a bit, I thought I could use it as the stem of the flower. The only problem was that the flower and sentiment together were a little too long for an A2 card. I remembered seeing another challenge that used a 4″ x 9.25″ card that would fit into a business envelope, so I thought I would try that.
I cut a butterfly in Crisp Cantaloupe, then stamped over it with my Something Lacy Background stamp in Whisper White. I embellished the body with Pearl Accents.
I thought it looked fine on a plain Crumb Cake base, but decided to see if adding a background would be better. I chose the Hardwood background in Crumb Cake ink, even though I would have to stamp twice to cover the long card. Can you say challenging? My finished product isn’t perfect, but I convinced myself that there isn’t such a thing as perfect wood. 😀
The sentiment seemed a little flat, so I cut two extra ones and layered them on top of each other. (Thanks, Brian King for that hint!)
I also wanted to raise the flower a little higher, so I stacked two Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of each other.
Color challenges really make me think differently, which is a good thing! I’m looking forward to more.
Here’s what I used on this project: