Today's post is the second in the two monthly Blog Hops hosted by the group called the Color Fusers. What a great group it is, and the projects that everyone has posted in the challenges so far are just amazing. I'm learning so much about how to think about color from the rest of the gang! But I also try my best to give you and everyone else some ideas about how to use a variety of colors in our Stampin' Up! crafting!
This is the second blog hop where we have been challenged to use these three Stampin' Up! colors:
My project for this blog hop is just a little bit different from projects that I usually post here. What's the same is that I love layering up papers and I did that with this project. What's different is that I spent a lot of time using my Stamping Sponges to color one of the sheets from the new Irrestistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper set.
The "Irresistibly" in the name of the paper is derived from its design as plain white paper with white printed designs that resist any effort to place color on them. So, by rubbing my sponges over the paper, only the underlying paper gets colored – not the design itself.
To color the piece of the paper for this card, I inked up two sponges, one with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink and the other with Watermelon Wonder Classic Ink. Then I took turns sponging sections of the paper. I didn't try to plan the sponging around any of the patterns on the paper – I just did what I felt like doing until the whole piece of paper looked like I wanted it to look!
Once I had the piece of paper colored, I needed to work in the Smoky Slate third color in this challenge. I went back and forth with a variety of greetings and a variety of shapes for my central stamped element until I found a sentiment that I liked from the Watercolor Words Stamp Set, and the oval shape for the die-cuts, using the Layering Ovals Framelits Set.
Then there was the problem of what to use as an embellishment. There's no rule that said I had to use an embellishment. But I'm not sure I really know how to make a card without at least one! So I picked out the Smoky Slate 1/8" Stitched Ribbon, and first just tied a bow around the top two layers. That bow quickly got lost in the jumble of shapes on the sponged paper. Of course my next thought was, "Why not make a jumble of the ribbon, too?!" And so I did, and that's how this design ended up.
I have a confession to make. I never intended to order this paper set. But I was in such a hurry to place an order one morning that I typed in the wrong number. Imagine my surprise when the paper showed up in my box of new Stampin' Up! stuff. I decided to keep it and threw it into the bottom of my Designer Series Paper box. I figured it would still be there come next June when the new catalog comes out. But no!!! I was looking for paper with these colors in it, and realized I could make my OWN colored design! So now the paper is on the top of my DSP box, and will likely be close to the top for quite a while – until I use it all up!
I do hope that you will take the time to visit all the wonderful Stampin' Up! demonstrators who are a part of this Blog Hop! Here is a list of their names, with links to their blog posts. And after that, there is a list of the main products that I featured in my project this time. Don't forget to click on any of the pictures that interest you (the paper?)!
Robin Messenheimer – You are here!