The Color Throwdown #601 challenge for this week includes the generic colors orange, green, pink, and burgundy. Part of what I really enjoy with the ctd challenges is that the colors are generic. Therefore, there’s so much variety of colors used in the gallery cards. I chose Terracotta Tile, Just Jade, Petal Pink, and Merry Merlot.
Here’s my card:
Here’s the challenge banner:
Field of Poppies
Once I had my color choices, the rest of the card just fell into place. I really like this field of poppies stamp but knew I didn’t want to just have it at the bottom of the card. Therefore, I grabbed the Flowers for Every Season DSP and pulled the vine pattern and trimmed it down to 2 inches high.
I’d already stamped the poppies at the bottom of a piece of white cardstock, which explains how I knew I needed something else on the bottom.
The Merry Merlot base is 4-1/4 inches x 5-1/2 inches. I stepped down the Just Jade mat to 4-1/8 inches x 5-3/8 inches. I trimmed the Just Jade DSP to 2 inches x 4-1/8 inches. The white DSP is trimmed to 4 inches x 3-1/4 inches, which would give me just enough to overlap the DSP.
I stamped the poppie fields from Painted Poppies twice across the white cardstock using Momemto Tuxedo Black ink and then let it completely dry before I started coloring. I used the Terracotta Tile marker to control the bleeding.
Then, I needed to make a decision about some sort of texture on the white cardstock. At first I thought I would dry emboss it, but then changed my mind. I wound up using the splotch stamp from the Forever Fern to stamp the Petal Pink. After inking the splotch, I stamped it three times before re-inking. The different hues create depth and texture on the card.
Putting the Card Together
Next, I started putting the card together, and started with the white cardstock and DSP. Once I’d adhered those two pieces together, I moved onto the ribbon.
Since I am incredibly bow-challenged right now, I only trusted myself to tie a square knot. Therefore, I wrapped the Petal Pink organdy striped ribbon around the Just Jade base and simply tied it. I actually like that because the knot doesn’t overwhelm the bottom of the card.
I am all about saving cardstock when I can. Therefore, I cropped the scalloped circle for the sentiment from the Merry Merlot bottom layer, before adhering it of course. The sentiment on the front and inside of the card came from the SAB Sending You Thoughts stamp set. I used Merry Merlot to stamp the front and inside sentiments on white. Then, I cropped the sentiment using the medium circle from the Stitched Shapes die set. I kept the retired tiny paperclips from a couple of years ago and used that to help attach the sentiment to the top of the DSP. Multipurpose liquid adhesive is keeping the sentiment layer at the angle I wanted.
I adhered the front of the card to the Just Jade layer, and then adhered that to the Merry Merlot. Then I, attached all the layers to the front of the white card base. I’d stamped the inside sentiment at the same time I stamped the front. To add interest, I stamped part of the poppy field on the bottom corner of the inside. After letting it completely dry, I colored those poppies in Terracotta Tile as well.
As long as I was already coloring, I stamped some of the poppies on the bottom left corner of the front of the envelope. They also were colored in Terracotta Tile.
I used a 2-5/8 inch x 6 inch piece of the vine DSP to cover the flap of the envelope. Usually, at this point, I would consider myself finished. However, the more I looked at the front of the card, the more I thought I needed something else.
I’ve used the fine tip glue pen to “color” the poppies on the front of the card. The trick with that is to let the glue really, really dry completely before touching it. Therefore, I left it on my desk and went to bed.
Here’s are close-ups of the now “enameled” poppies:
When I first saw the four colors, I really thought they wouldn’t work together. However, work together they did.
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