Before I share my card for this week’s Paper Players challenge, I want to thank Joanne James for selecting my masculine, striped thank you card as her pick in last week’s Paper Players challenge. What fun! I enjoyed making that card and loved LeAnne’s sketch, so a selection was icing on the [already delicious] cake. Thanks, Joanne! If you missed that card, you can see it here.
The Paper Players have a fun theme challenge from Laurie Schmidt this week – Western. I searched the Fungeon high and low for anything that would work on a Western card. The horse from Barnyard Babies was a maybe (that would make it a Barnyard-Babies-Maybe), but that wasn’t enough. I wanted something bigger than that. I reached for some stamps that aren’t part of a Western theme to make a card that has a Western appeal. Here’s what I came up with:
And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Create a Pattern. Do you know which stamp set I used to create this red and blue background on this congratulations card? I’ll give you a hint – it’s Watercolor Wings. Oh, dang! I just right-out told you! As I was flipping through the catalogs, looking for images to create a handkerchief backdrop, I started to feel lost. That’s when I thumbed to Watercolor Wings and searched the set to find this image that could be converted to a pattern – the small “inside” of the butterflies wings. I created a fun pattern that really translates to “Western” – don’t you think? The image I used is the one to the right of “Just for you.”
- Careful Dots. After I had created a huge backdrop for my card, I added the three dots that are found above this image in the stamp set picture above. Fair warning about using these dots – the human mind wants to turn these dots into eyes and a mouth, so make sure you carefully position them on a card so that they don’t translate that way. Much better to have three dots on your card than a bunch of little faces with surprised expressions. You’ll thank me later. 🙂
- Western Colors. Although most handkerchiefs that I’ve ever seen are red and white, I used to have one that was red, white and navy blue. As such, these colors were an easy pick for me – I went with Real Red and Night of Navy on a Whisper White base. Not only are these colors patriotic and nautical, but they look great on a handkerchief. If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:
Stamp Sets: Watercolor Wings, Bravo Papers: Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White Inks: Real Red, Night of Navy Accessories: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (star), White Perfect Accents, Stampin’ Dimensionals
THERE’S MORE. I was so happy with the way this pattern turned out that I filmed a video to showcase it. I’ll share that video with you on Friday, along with a couple more tips and tricks for creating this card. YIPPEE!
I hope you’ll pop over to the Paper Players to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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