I just love all three of the elves in the #Elfie stamp set. Color Throwdown 572 consists of aqua, green, gold, and white. I’ve wanted to do a non-traidtional Christmas color elf card, and this challenge seemed perfect for just that.
Here’s the challenge banner:
Here’s my card:
Meeting the Color Throwdown Challenge
In order to meet the ctd challenge, I used Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, and Delicata Golden Glitz.
Shaded Spruce provided the color for the base and the present. After stamping the present on a scrap piece of Shaded Spruce DSP, I fussy cut it out. I also stamped a bow in Coastal Cabana, then fussy cut that as well. The result is a fun wrapping on the present for a pop of color.
I used Pool Party blends combo for the elf’s outfit and part of the ornament. Then I used the Shaded Spruce and Bermuda Bay blends combo for the rest of the ornament. I finished it off with a touch of gold provided by the gold Wink of Stella.
While coloring the elf, I found myself wishing I had gotten the puff paint from the holiday catalog so I could give the trim on the elf’s outfit some dimension. I wound up using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and then covered each piece of trim with some Dazzling Diamonds. Even though I’d already used the gold Wink of Stella on the bell on the top of the elf’s hat, I added Dazzling Diamonds there as well.
More Than Coloring
I knew I couldn’t just put the elf panel on plain Coastal Cabana cardstock. Therefore, I ran the cardstock through my Big Shot using the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder. Snowflakes seemed to be a must embellishment, so I grabbed the three from the Seasonal Layer Dies. I already had the Whisper White circle cropped, and the sentiment from #Elfie fit perfectly.
Using gold is part of the challenge, but I didn’t want to use some of the gold foil. I finally decided to outline the elf panel and sentiment circle using the Delicata Golden Glitz ink. Just those small touches of gold really pop off the card.
Short and sweet tonight. I must grade……. I must grade…….
I came across this card posted on FaceBook by Stampincronelia – Corine van Wijk for the Colour Inkspiration Card Challenge, #159. Obviously it’s been around for a long time, but Corine’s stunning card using the colors were a fabulous combination. Therefore, I did some searching and found the challenge information on Facebook. ci#159’s color combination is Seaside Spray, Smokey Slate, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla. Gorgeous colors and the combination is stunning.
At first, I thought that I would use this colors to create a sympathy card, which I think are difficult to create. Instead, I decided to use the Colorful Seasons bundle, especially the “just breathe” sentiment. The card I created follows:
I went through all kinds of ideas, and first thought I wanted to create a window flap card. However, the retired Smokey Slate DSP is one of my all time favorite DSPs and I am getting low on the color choices left in my stash. Finally, I decided on a faux window card. The top piece of Smoky Slate cardstock was first run through the Subtle TIEF, and then cropped using the largest square in the Stitched Shapes die set. My dimensionals got a workout for this card because I popped the top cardstock up from the DSP panel. This same set of dimensionals also allowed the whole front to be popped up from the Whisper White cardstock.
I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and then cropped it using the Rectangle Stitched die set. I also cropped the branch from Early Espresso using the Seasonal Layers die set. Once again, dimensionals added the depth I wanted for the sentiment.
The final color, Seaside Spray, in my mind, was always going to be for the flowers. Originally, I had just four flowers on the front, but the even number bothered my sense of balance. The fifth flower did not quite fit, which explains why I cropped it off the side. I thought I still needed something, so I added the new In Color Faceted Dots to the center of the flowers and for the dot on the “j”.
Life is a Beautiful Thing, Even with Happy Accidents
For some reason, the inside sentiment did not want to stamp well at all. Thankfully, I used my Stamparatus so I could stamp multiple times until I liked the result. However, a problem arose when I microscopically moved the card and my final stamp was just barely off. I’d already glued the DSP on the bottom of the inside and had attached the front to the white cardstock. What to do? My happy accident created a beautiful focal point on the inside. I cropped a piece of Smoky Slate using the same large square die from Stiched Shapes. Then I just had to repeat the stamping process, again using my Stamparatus.
Finally, I decorated the envelope using the flowers and branch from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.
When I started writing this blog post, I realized I would just need to change the sentiments and this could be a sympathy card. I will remember this card next time I need one.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.
Have a Peachy Day!
Colorful Seasons stamp set – #143726
Seasonal Layers – #143751
2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots – #149607
Stamparatus – #146276
Whisper White Medium Envelopes – # 107301
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