Before I share today’s project for The Paper Players, I want to offer a big THANK YOU to Nance Leedy, who chose my Western Congratulations card as her Cut Above at the Paper Players last week. I love playing along with challenges to get my creative juices flowing – but it’s always nice to be recognized. Thanks, Nance! Not only did I create a bandana-styled background for the challenge, but I created a video to go along with hit – if you missed those, you can see the card here and see the video here.
Joanne James is hosting this week’s Color Challenge for The Paper Players – and she’s selected FOUR colors to challenge us – Melon Mambo, Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow and Pumpkin Pie. What a combination! I used the colors to create a super-fun background on this bold, modern card. Here’s my card:
And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Bold Stripes. You already know how much I love to play around with backgrounds on my cards, right? To create this bold, graphic background, I simply cropped 1/4″ strips of cardstock and then glued them to a piece of this Whisper White cardstock. I used a 2-way glue pen to add glue after each panel so I could easily add the next. The hardest part? Spacing out the colors so I could achiever a random look while still balancing the weight of the colors. This was such a fun technique to execute and a great way to use these three, very different colors.
- Perfect Flower. While playing around with the Tree Builder punch for another project, I realized that this tiny flower is a perfect accent for a bold sentiment. Pair it with White Perfect Accents to double the perfection. This Melon Mambo flower not only accents the Mossy Meadow circle but pulls from the Melon Mambo base of the card.
- Pops of White. I do love a fun background and a bold circle, but those needed to be separated from the backgrounds that each was placed on. Because I used all four colors in the background, I separated the layers from the layer behind with a thin border of Thick Whisper White. Not only does the white separate the layers, but it adds a huge pop! The white sentiment (embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder) really pops here, too. If you missed my Heat Embossing Tips video, check it out here.
Stamp Sets: Suite Sayings Papers: Melon Mambo, Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow, Pumpkin Pie, Thick Whisper White Inks: VersaMark Accessories: White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Tree Builder punch, White Perfect Accents, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to The Paper Players site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with Joanne’s colo(u)r challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!