I love Thursdays! Why? Because that’s when I get to share my Pals Paper Arts Challenge project with you. Woo hoo! This week’s color challenge is filled with all the beauty of Fall – Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze and So Saffron are perfect together. I don’t pick the colors, but I get to choose what I do with them. Here’s my inspiration card for the challenge:
And here’s the challenge banner:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Finding inspiration. For today’s challenge I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to avoid the most obvious options of Fall leaves or a muted Christmas theme for these colors. I spent most of this week looking around to find my inspiration elsewhere. At work on Monday, I found it. I chirped with excitment when I saw this pillow on a chair in the lobby of our conference center at work: The shapes and colors on this pillow are perfect for this challenge! I stamped the solid images from the large flower in Stippled Blossoms in So Saffron and then Always Artichoke (a mixture of first-generation and second-generation stamping). I then covered the entire image with second-generation stamps of the detailed flower.
- Finding Balance. This card is a great lesson of how important “white space” is to the composition of a card. I didn’t want to cover up the background I had created, but WOW! it really seems to pop when a large portion of the background is covered by the central panel. Here’s how it looks without the “clean” panel in the center of it: Now, scroll back up and look at the finished card. Do you see how much the central panel changes the look of the background?
- Embellish the Envie. I masked off the panel of the envelope and created the same texture as the background on the card. When the recipient of this card retrieves this unique envelope in their mailbox, they will [undoubtedly] be anxious to see what’s inside.
Stamp sets: Stippled Blossoms, Harvest of Thanks Papers: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla Inks: So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Regals Candy Dots
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