Before I share today’s card, I want to thank Colleen Begley, a Design Team Member for The Paper Players, for selecting my “You’re My Anchor” card as A Cut Above in last week’s Paper Players Challenge. If you missed that card, you can see it here. I love playing along with these challenges, and it’s always a thrill to be recognized. Thanks, Colleen!
This week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge was designed for this time of year – soft and sweet colors as we head into Easter weekend. Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride and So Saffron – Michelle Gleeson, this week’s Featured Artist, chose these amazing colors, and I couldn’t be happier. It gave me a chance to crack open Helping Me Grow, a photopolymer stamp set in this year’s Occasions Catalog. I’m also adding my card to Jaydee’s “Clean and Simple Spring” Theme at The Paper Players – these colors worked perfectly with that theme. Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:
And here are the banners for the challenges that inspired my card:
- Helping Me Grow. I don’t make a lot of “flower” cards, so Helping Me Grow was not initially at the top of my list. As I started making my list, though, I started to see the merits in these oversized flowers (they can easily cover the front of a card) and border images. I’ve really begun to appreciate the many ways I can use this set. I guess you could say, it’s helping me grow. Do you see what I did there? 🙂 Here’s a look at this set – check out how many great images and sentiments are included – no reason why I should have passed it up in the first place.
- Background Texture. To give the flowers some life, I painted So Saffron ink onto each one with my Stampin’ Write Marker. When I was done snipping my flowers, I realized my background needed a little “umph”. I reached for the background dots from Number of Years and found they were SO EASY to line up perfectly to create a subtle backdrop of dots. What a great find and a much-needed texture behind these sweet flowers.
- Framing the Frame. The sentiment on this card is my favorite part – and how I framed it. I stamped the sentiment (from Grateful Bunch) inside the frame (from Rose Wonder) and cropped it with the Rose Garden Thinlits. I then used my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker to paint around the edges (between the black frame and the cropped edge). Such a sweet detail that made all the different (and allowed me to add my required amount of pink to the card.
Stamp Sets: Helping Me Grow, Number of Years, Grateful Bunch, Rose Wonder Papers: Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White Inks: Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron) Accessories: Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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