Friday, October 17, 2008

Bloggers Challenge ~ Color Challenge + A Craft Pad Tip!

I'm really starting to LOVE Friday mornings. I drop Alexis at school and head home to complete my bloggers challenge. I really look forward to getting that creative direction. It pushes me in a direction I may not have thought of on my own.


I'm a procrastinator for sure!


I just typed a whole long story about how I arrived at this, with the color combination I was *supposed* to use, and realize I grabbed the wrong color!! OH BOY>>> Well I don't have enough time to do it over, so here goes. I like the way this came out. I pulled out the 3 colors that I *imagined, i guess* the color challenge was. Old olive, red riding hood red, and Ruby red... Don't know how I went there, it was supposed to be really rust. Now, I knew I was sort of bending the rules a bit, because we were allowed to add a neutral as an accent and it became my base layer.. I don't know how that happened, I guess it started falling together. Plus, I had a piece already cut to the right size and I like to use all the pieces I have on the table.


Moving right along. I started looking around at my DSP to see what I had for Riding hood red, and I found This print from Bella Rose, that has Ruby red in it too.. It's the lighter color in the print.


Next, I pulled out my craft vanilla pad, and it wasn't working too well for me. I had a problem with this last week. I called Stampin' Up! to see if they had any idea on what I can do, and they suggested "priming" my craft pad. Apparently over time, the craft pad settles and separates if you don't use it all the time.

You can "prime" your pad, by taking a blunt object, I used the back of a tombo adhesive pen.

Just apply firm pressure and swirl your pad around to get the elements in the pad to mix again. My pad worked great after that for my background, which I used Clear embossing powder on for a more subdued look.

For the embossed butterflies on DSP, I used vanilla embossing powder so they would really pop. In fact, I embossed those twice. Once flat on the paper. Then again on another piece. I love doing this with butterflies. I cut the image out, and adhere it with a glue dot so the butterfly looks like it's flying off the card. (little things make me happy).

For the main element of the card, I stamped the "dreams" image in ruby red and cut it out on the "inside circle" then punched a very vanilla circle behind it to add some dimension. I tied the element on with some leftover old olive twill ribbon, and ran old olive 5/8" grosgrain the lenght of the card.

Great challenge. Maybe later I'll have time to play with the colors I was supposed to.. Duh for me! Good morning Blondie! :)

13 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

Regardless of the colors you used, it's a wonderful card. Such lovely images and patterns. You did a great job.

Chrissy D said...

I agree with Lynn. The card is LOVELY! TFS!

Connie said...

I've misread the colors before, too! Your card is beautiful! I always use the back of a plastic spoon to prime my craft pads!

Barb Hardeman said...

Nevertheless - your card turn out just beautifully. I love all the embossing you did. Very pretty.

Kerry D-C said...

No matter what colors you used, it is beautiful! and thanks for the infor on priming craft pads.

Dee Jackson said...

This is beautiful! I love the background

Kristen said...

I love your card. I need to get that DP. Perfect!

Nikki Bond said...

This looks great...even with the wrong colors! I love it...thanks or the tip too bout the craft pad...I have the same prob with my vanilla! {SMILES}

Lisa Somerville said...

We all have days like this! Card looks great with your color combo!

Robin Merriman said...

Love it Selene - so glad you misread the color combo! Great job!

Patti Chesky said...

I like Ruby Red much better than Really Rust anyway. It's a gorgeous card!!! Love all the layers!!

Ida P. Krause said...

Lovely card and who cares if you got a little mixed up on the colors. It turned out great!
Thanks too for the tip on conditioning your pigment pad. I need to try that with my Vanilla pad.

Barbara said...

LOL....your post made me chuckle! I think most of us can relate to your dilemma....I for one, have done the very same think more than I care to admit!! One time I did a sketch challenge using the wong sketch.....DUH!! Anyway...back to your lovely card: It's just wonderful.....love it!! So, what if it isn't the "correct" colors? It's perfect the way it is!! AND thanks so much for that great tip on the craft ink...learned something new today!!