Friday, February 22, 2008

TSSC5 and Color Challenge


Here's another two-fer card! I combined Mary Jo Price-Williams' Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #5 (TSSC5) with Shannon's 15K Color Challenge over at Live, Love, Laugh and Stamp. The colors were Basic Black, Almost Amethyst and Tempting Turquoise. Check out the challenge, you could win two wood mounted Riley Moose stamps from Hanna Stamps - they are the CUTEST!! {see how nice I am, sharing the love even though *I* want Riley to live with ME??? heehee}.

I had the absolute worst time getting a photo of this card. I think it's a combination of all the glitter and the lightness of the Almost Amethyst ink & cardstock. It was either too glitzy looking with washed out amethyst, or good with the contrast of the amethyst and the glitter looked flat and dull. So this is a decent happy medium but it could be better. Use your imagination that it looks sparkly and gorgeous (in an elegant kinda way) with a nice contrast of the ink to carstock just making it look classy. Then that's what it really looks like. {if I do say so myself} :-)

I will freely admit I had some trouble at first with this color combo. I'm truly a Regals and Earths girl. But it was a CHALLENGE {right??} and I love a challenge. I think they are fabulous because they often force you outside of your comfort zone and really get the creativity going. {puts soapbox away}. Anyway...I am fairly happy with the results after much monkeying around with the elements of this card.

This is a 3-3/4" x 8" card and fits in a standard #10 envelope. The base is Almost Amethyst, which I stamped with the Linoleum Background from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. The Tempting Turquoise strip along the spine was stamped with the patterned dots stamp from Stampin' Up!'s Itty Bitty backgrounds (you didn't expect me to just leave it NAKED!?!). That's it for the stamping. The words were computer generated, then I punched them with my Word Window punch, matted them and cut to size.

I made the black piece using my Cuttlebug and the Vintage dies. I wanted to try something different, so I lined them up along the edge with a very small overlap and ran them through the 'bug. The pattern you see is what is left behind after the squared off corner piece cuts out. I kinda liked it, but it didn't have enough "POP". So I coated the whole piece with liquid glue and dumped on black Art Institute ultrafine glitter. POP problem solved!

I used Lauren's tutorial to make my own custom glittery Prima flowers with turquoise glitter (it's actually called Peacock if you can believe that one) and added a black brad. I adhered those with dimensionals. For the upper right corner, I colored some clear self-adhesive rhinestones with my black Prismacolor marker - instant black gems. Sweet!!
Think there's enough glitter on this card? I think there's an uncovered corner somewhere I could add a little more....BWA HAHAHA HAHAHAHA!

Complete supply list. Stamps: Linoleum Background from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, Itty Bitty Backgrounds from Stampin' Up!. Paper: Almost Amethyst, Tempting Turquoise and Basic Black cardstock. Ink: Almost Amethyst and Tempthing Turquoise classic ink. Accessories: Cuttlebug and die, black Prismacolor marker, dimensionals, Martha Steward liquid glue, Art Institute black ultrafine glitter, Peacock glitter, and self-adhesive rhinestones from Joann $1 spot.

8 people made my day!:

Heather said...

Pretty card!

Aaron and Jessica said...

I LOVE this card!!Great job!!

Jessica Lynn

Aaron and Jessica said...

Great card.. I love the colors!!

Hope all is well!
Jessica Lynn

Maureen said...

Just gorgeous!! When I clicked on it, I could really see the sparkle of all the glitter. I absolutely adore those glittered Primas - I'll have to try it soon!

FireCracker082 said...

love this sketch, and what you've done with it Jen, and YES< I am imagining the elegant glitter...grin

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Ok now that edge is really cool~! Neat card!

MJ said...

Ohhh isn't this pretty! Great card. I love your interpretation of the side of the card. Thanks so much for playing along. Love the sparkles.

Angie C said...

Such a pretty card and I love your blog