Now that the anxiety of the Build-a-Card posts over the last two days has passed (you know you secretly liked it more than you’ll ever admit), I’m happy to share my submission for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge – a simple card designed with three colors selected by a panel of designers. Every other week, the Pals challenge us with colors and sketches. Anyone can participate, and I encourage you to give it a try.
You’ve heard me talk about challenges that are challenging – novel concept, huh? Well, this one is probably the most challenging color combination I’ve encountered to date: Pool Party, Summer Starfruit and Lucky Limeade. Say what?! I pulled out three sheets of card stock (one of each color) and placed the side-by-side on my desk. Yikes! I was hard-pressed to see how these colors could ever work together. One is soft and light; one is bright and bold; one is rich and deep. How could I ever pull this off? After playing around with these colors for a bit, I came up with this card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Face the color challenge. The challenge is to create a card that is composed of all three of these colors. There’s no rule that says you have to maintain an equal balance of the colors. I couldn’t see how the colors fit together, so I made the background of my card with mostly Pool Party paper. I also reduced the impact from Summer Starfruit and Lucky Limeade by embossing the crowns in white embossing powder (white and black are typically “allowed” by most color challenges). The colors are definitely there, but their impact is muted by the white embossing.
- Find unique ways to use your stamps. OK, so I didn’t exactly turn these crowns into something other than crowns, but I think I successfully changed the images from childish and playful to sophisticated and beautiful. I’ve had this set since the Spring Catalog was released (I bought it because it has my last name in it – how silly is that?). I have tried to incorporate it over and over. I’ve not seen one with pearls (they are showcased with rhinestones in the catalog), so I thought it would be cool to make one of each to represent the king and queen. Also, part of what I’ve never liked about the set is that the opening at the base of the crown is stamped the same color as the other parts. It looks silly to me (this won’t make sense to you, but somewhere along the way, I started to feel like the base of the crown looks like frog lips). Changing the color sent the frog lips packing.
- Add texture. I absolutely love the texture created with the Core’dinations card stock. After I embossed it with the Chevron Textured Embossing Folder, I ran my sanding tool over the surface to break away some of the Pool Party card stock, revealing the filament underneath. Very cool!
Stamp Sets: You Rule!, Ciao Baby! Inks: Summer Starfruit, Lucky Limeade, VersaMark Papers: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party Core’dinations Accessories: Embossing Powders (Pool Party, white and clear), 1/2″ Circle punch, 3″ Circle Originals, 1″ Circle punch, 1-1/4 Circle punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Pearl Basic Jewels, Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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