My very good friend Nicole Watt hosts a blog challenge on her blog, Pixel Maven’s Retreat. As Nicole specialized in My Digital Studio, Stampin’ Up!’s amazing digital solution, the challenge blog started as a digital challenge blog, but she has opened it up to traditional designs, as well. I was so inspired by the color selection that I couldn’t stay away from this week’s challenge. Here’s my card:
This card is all about the gorgeous textures, so my three tips, tricks and reminders are going to focus on the elements of texture I used to create it.
- A Subtle Texture with Hexagon Hive. I have seen a lot of great projects with the Hexagon Hives Thinlit Dies – there are so many ways to make these hexagons pop with contrasting colors or background patterns. I wanted to create a texture with the hexagons, but I wanted the flowers to be the focus of this card, so I layered Pool Party hexagons on Pool Party paper. Voila!
- Added Contrast with Core’dinations. I didn’t just use Pool Party card stock for this card – I used Pool Party Core’dinations card stock. Wooo! Before I cropped the top layer, I sanded it with my Stampin’ Sanding Block. This gives the hive cutouts a slight contrast between layers but nothing jarring to the eye.
- A Smooth Pattern Creates a Faux Texture. As I have mentioned before, I like to feel satisfied with all components of a card before I glue anything down. I want to make sure there’s no room for regret once I’ve started gluing down the components of the card. When I was about to start gluing, I had cropped a couple of leaves with Pear Pizzazz card stock, but I wasn’t happy. I decided to crop the leaves from the beautifully patterned Gingham Garden DSP. The faux texture in this pattern adds the perfect pop to these leaves. “Woo hoo!” for not gluing as we go.Stamp Sets: Simple Stems, Perfect Pennants Papers: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Pool Party, Subtles Core’dinations (Pool Party) Inks: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz Accessories: Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die, Secret Garden Framelits, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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