Sunday, 3 July 2011
Shades of blue
Good evening bloggers, I've been having so much fun entering competitions this week that I couldn't wait until one of my favourites, Less is more released their challenge on Saturday. Once I'd seen it, however, I was truly stumped. The challenge was for shades of blue, not a colour I use a lot and certainly not more than one shade at a time.
I started thinking about flowers, inspired by the gorgeous bird on a branch card made by one of the members of the design team. The Itty Bitty Shapes punch was perfect to make the flowers but I needed some sort of branch to go underneath. Originally I thought of the trailing plant from Hopeful thoughts but then my eye wandered to one of the first sets I got as a demonstrator, part of my starter kit in fact! It was none other than Baroque motifs. I inked it up and then stamped off the edge of the card. I need to learn to clean up after myself though as once it was stamped part of it was on my blending mat, upon which I promptly set my pristine white card! (d'oh)
The centres were punched out of left over pieces of Marina Mist and Night of Navy card stock using my Crop-a-dile.
I alternated between sticking the flowers straight on to the card, and using Dimensionals to raise them up. i decided that they still didn't "pop" enough so I added a drop of Crystal Effects to them to make them stand out more
As the challenge is for clean and simple cards I stamped the sentiment directly onto the right hand bottom corner of the card. I used to be very nervous about doing this as I would spend absolutely ages making an elaborate card only to ruin it at the end by stamping the sentiment on wonky! This time, however, I used my trusty Stamp-a-majig to ensure that it would be straight.
I do hope that you like this card as it is rapidly becoming a favourite of mine, I must try it in different shades (and clean up after myself so that I don't end up marking my cards with unused ink!)
See you tomorrow!