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 Baroque motifs stamp was stamped using Bashful Blue, an easy colour to overlook but a beautiful one to use especially for backgrounds. The flowers were punched out of left over pieces of Subtles and Regals designer series paper.

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!

Cx

15 comments:

  1. You would never know it's a colour you don't use often. This is stunning - very CAS and ideal for the LIM challenge Kx

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  2. Hi Claire, another fab creation !!
    love and hugs
    chris richards
    xxx

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  3. Beautiful and original, I love

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  4. Thanks guys, I really like this card and it's lovely to hear from you that you like it too, appreciate the comments and welcome Chris!
    Cx

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  5. I love this card.Beautiful blues.

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  6. Lovely card - certainly CAS

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  7. This is beautiful, so elegant
    Anne
    x

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  8. Very pretty, super use of the baroque flourish
    Thanks so much
    Diva LIM
    "Less is More"

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  9. I like the way the bottom flower draws your eye to the sentiment, and glazing the flowers really makes them pop. Thanks for the close up

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  10. Hi there, Pretty card, lots of nice clean space too, glazing the flowers makes it just that little bit more special, Gay xxx

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  11. Beautiful stamping job. Fabulous card.

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  12. Lovely idea to gloss the flowers!

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