Today is another challenge at the Diva Coffee Break Design Team website. This time it's a color challenge and, as you probably know by now, color really is challenging for me. Sure put Real Red and Garden Green together with a touch of More Mustard, hey, I can do that! Marina Mist and Peach Parfait with a touch of Daffodil Delight – delightful! Hey, I can even do Rich Razzleberry and Pretty in Pink. But add Early Espresso to that mix, and I was just stumped. Do you have any idea how close in color Rich Razzleberry and Early Espresso are unless they're right next to each other???
But, hey, those are the colors I was dealt, so deal with it I did. To begin, I retreated to the Patterns Paper Pack, hoping against hope that the Early Espresso papers would be just a tad bit lighter than the card stock of the same color. Bingo! But then I still had to figure out the layout and stamps I would use. You might have read my newsletter where I've been talking about the book in which I've compiled all the various card layouts I've published here this year. Well, there were a few samples with papers, stamps, and embellishments from last year's Stampin' Up! catalog. So I started leafing through the book and found a layout badly in need of an updated sample. Then I looked around to see which stamp sets were still out from my last stamping project, and they were all Christmas. And I could go on ad nauseam about the process, but here is what I finally made.
All the stamps used in this card are from the stamp set, Snow Swirled. It was the tree that caught my eye, and I thought it would look pretty nice stamped in the Rich Razzleberry on the Pretty in Pink. I used some Craft Ink for this and used Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder to heat emboss it. It really shines in person. I matted the pink layer with some Rich Razzleberry Card Stock, then layered that grouping up on some Very Vanilla, and matted that with Early Espresso Card Stock. The final layer is one of the sheets from the Early Espresso Patterns papers. To help all the layers tie in with the Christmas theme, I stamped the snowflakes on both the Patterns Paper and the Very Vanilla Card Stock. For the Very Vanilla Layer, I inked the stamp, stamped it first on some scrap paper, then I stamped on the Very Vanilla, which created a more subtle pattern than if I'd used the fully inked stamps as I did on the Early Espresso Patterns layer.
Here's the original layout from my collection (featured in my April 4, 2010 blog post). I made two adjustments: the first was that the layer with the tree stamped is 2-1/4" wide rather than 2-1/8" so that I could accommodate the whole tree image without it being right up against the edge of the paper. The second was that I added a card stock layer behind the Patterns paper to give it a crisp edge. So that layer is 4-1/8" wide x 5-3/8" high, letting just a sliver of the Very Vanilla card base show around the edges. The lesson for the day here is that layouts are just suggestions to give us some ideas about how we might organize our thoughts on paper.
Colors challenges, however, are a different matter. But with a little bit of artful hunting for some lighter Early Espresso, I may have found a way to make those color challenges just a suggestion, too!
Whatever your paper crafting challenge is this week, I hope you have a lot of fun with it!