Friday, December 5, 2008

Our First Clear Dollar Stamps Weekend Color Challenge!

Tomorrow, Decembr 6th, marks our first Clear Dollar Stamps Weekend Color Challenge, located on Paper Craft Planet. We hope that you will join us in the fun and inspiration!

To participate in the color challenge, visit our Color Challenge Group within Paper Craft Planet website, by clicking here. If you're not a member of Paper Craft Planet, all you have to do is register as a member (it's free) and very easy to do, then join our Clear Dollar Stamps Weekend Color Challenge Group. Once you've satisfied those requirements, you can participate!

You must use Clear Dollar Stamps on your cards and follow the color combination, with no color substitutions, unless mentioned. I'd like to say that I rarely used Stampin' Up cardstock, but I do use Stampin' Up ink pads, so, I'll direct the color combinations using Stampin' Up colors. You may use any brand of cardstock as a substitute, as long as you stay within the "color guidelines"mentioned. I will be posting the color combinations and any other requirements on Friday evenings by 5:00 pm, weekly. If you would like to suggest a color combination, please send it along with a card sample link to

The colors to be used for this color challenge are Taken with Teal, Real Red and White. If you don't have Stampin' Up colored cardstock, you may use any Teal, Dark Turquoise (not Aqua), any Medium Red (not Burgundy) as a substitute. Pictured above, is my card sample for the Weekend Color Challenge. Would you believe that I used 4 Clear Dollar Stamp Sets for this card! LOL I'll include the deets and instructions below. If you have any questions, simply post them on the "Wall". I will try to answer your questions in a timely manner.

Once you've created your card, simply upload it to the place of your choice, whether it be Paper Craft Planet, your blog or other. Reply to this CDS Color Challenge Discussion in the "Discussion Forum", (not on the "Wall"), with a short comment, your full name, along with a link to your card sample. Please have your cards submitted by 5:00 pm Sunday. At that time, I will chose one to showcase and feature on my blog the next day, Monday. If you are chosen to be showcased, I will pm you through Paper Craft Planet, asking you for your blog link and deets for your card. Please have those ready by Sunday at 5:00 pm, as well.

Remember, this challenge is a two-day weekend challenge, so take your time, enjoy the color combination and create, create, create!

Stamps Used: Clear Dollar Stamps "It's Snowing Wheel", "Deer Wishes Stamp Set", "Snowman Wishes" Stamp Set and "For Our Lord" Stamp Set
Cardstock and Papers: K&Co. "K-ology Addison Designer Paper Collection", K&Co. "Remake Ocean Blues Designer Paper Collection", Paper Trey White Cardstock
Inkpads: Brilliance Moonlight White, Stazon Black, Stampin' Up Baja Breeze Inks
Markers: Sakura Clear Stardust Glitter Pen, Sakura Souffle Pen, Signo White and Black Gel Pens, Bic Mark-It "Hot Aqua" Marker
Accessories and Embellishments: Karen Foster Click-It Hole Punch, Marvy 1.5" Circle Punch, Prismacolor Pencils, Blending Stumps, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Sewing Machine, Thread, American Crafts Dimensionals, Tsukineko Sponge Daubers
Coloring Medium: "Gamsol Magic"
Special Techniques: American Crafts Jumbo Eyelet, Hero Art's Snowflake Brad, Michael's Holiday Ribbon

The card base was cut from Paper Trey White Cardstock to 5" wide x 10" high. Scoring in half, I set aside. Mats were cut using a paper cutter to the following sizes: 4.5", 4" and 3.5". The center mat was first stamped with Brilliance Moonlight White using the Clear Dollar Stamps "It's Snowing" Wheel on 3/4 of the mat. Next, I cut freehand 3 progressive sized white snow drifts, just winging it for bumps and grooves. The largest snow drift was glued down on the 3" mat and then trees were stamped over the snow and snowflake sky using Stazon Black Ink. Using a White Signo Gel Pen, I lightly "sketched" fallen snow on the tree branches and trunks.

The reindeer and red cardinal in the snow scene, were stamped on separate pieces of Paper Trey White Cardstock, then colored with Prismacolor Pencils and blending with Odorless Mineral Spirits and Blending Stumps, this is also called "Gamsol Magic". After coloring, I hand cut the reindeer and the red cardinal out, setting aside. I attached the middle and bottom snow drift to the image mat, using American Crafts Dimensional Tabs, generating a 3-D effect for all 3 snow drifts. I glued the reindeer and red cardinal onto the bottom snow drift. To add interest and more dimension to the snow and drifts, I highlighted the ridges around the tree trunks and the top of the snow drifts first, using a Sakura White Souffle Pen, and then once that dried, I added some sparkle to that using a Sakura Clear Stardust Glitter Pen.

The sentiment was stamped onto Paper Trey White Cardstock, as well as the second red cardinal, using Stazon Black Ink. I punched out the sentiment using a Marvy 1.5" Circle Punch. Using Stampin' Up Baja Breeze Ink, I sponged around the edge of the sentiment circle. I "dot-doodled" around the edge of the sentiment circle using a Signo Black Gel Pen to embellish.

Using my Janome Hello Kitty Sewing Machine, I sewed around the two larger mat four sides for interest. All 3 mats were glued together and attached to the Paper Trey White Cardstock base. The sentiment circle was attached to the card using an American Crafts Jumbo Eyelet and glue. To embellish and finish the card, I added a Michael's Gold-Edged Red Holiday Ribbon to the sentiment circle, as well as a Hero Arts Light Blue Snowflake Brad. More "dot doodles" were added around the 4 sides of the Paper Trey White Cardstock Base using a Bic Mark-It "Hot Aqua" Marker.

1 comment:

The Stamper's Touch said...

Now this card is just way too fabulous!!!! You are one amazing designer Linda!!! So very, very creative!!