Friday, December 12, 2008

CDS Color Challenge Card Sample

This card was created as a sample for the CDS Weekend Color Challenge 12/13 & 12/14. This week's CDS Weekend Color Challenge colors are: Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink (may substitute Pirouette Pink), Stampin' Up! Real Red and Stampin' Up Sage Shadow. You may use White only as a neutral. You're welcome to use any embellishments and/or punches/dies, etc. Remember, you have two days to create something beautiful, but more than anything, I hope that your goal is to relax and ENJOY! When done creating your card, please leave a comment to this discussion (not on the wall), along with a link to your card sample by Sunday, 12/14 at 5:00 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time). To learn more, follow this link:
Stamps Used: CDS 'Bountiful Branches"
Cardstock and Papers: Colormates Medium Autumn Red, Colormates Deep Fairy Tale Pink, Paper Pizazz Soft Tints Green Stripes, Paper Trey White Cardstock
Inkpads: Stazon Black, Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White, Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink & Real Red Inks
Accessories and Embellishments: Cuttlebug, Snowflake Embossing Folder & Vintage Die, Regular & Scalloped Square Nestabilities, Paper Piercing Tool, Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Blending Stumps, Sewing Machine, Thread, Favorite Findings Snowflakes, Michael's Self-Adhesive Gold Pearls, American Crafts Dimensionals, Zots, Tsukineko Sponge Daubers, Michael's Holiday Ribbon.
Special Techniques: Dry Embossing, Sponging, Paper Piercing, Machine Stitching

A 5"x10" piece of Paper Trey White Cardstock was cut for the card base. Two square mats were cut to size: Using Colormates Medium Autumn Red Cardstock, I cut a 5"x5" mat, and another mat was cut from Colormates Deep Fairy Tale Pink to 4.75"x4.75". The pink square mat was run through the Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder, and then using Tsukineko Sponge Daubers, I sponged Tsukineko Brilliance Moonlight White onto the elevated snowflakes for added texture. A strip of Paper Pizazz Soft Tints Green Stripes paper was cut to 5" wide x 1" high. Using my Janome Hello Kitty Sewing Machine stitched the pink and red mats together, stitching along all four sides, and then stitched down the Paper Pizzaz Soft Tints Green Stripes horizontal paper strip to the two stitched mats, and set aside.

The image was stamped onto Paper Trey White Cardstock using Stampin' Up! Sage Shadow Ink and Real Red Inks. Using Prismacolor Pencils, I added highlights to the stamped image and blended with mineral spirits and blending stumps. The sentiment was stamped onto the stamped image mat using Stazon Black Ink. The stamped image was cut out using the Regular Square Nestabilities Die Cut and a Cuttlebug. Using Tsukineko Sponge Daubers, I lightly sponged around all four sides of the stamped image mat. Using my Cuttlebug and the Regular and Scalloped Nestabilities Dies, I made three mats for the stamped image mat. The smallest mat was cut from Colormates Medium Autumn Red, the middle mat was cut from Paper Pizazz Soft Tints Green Stripes, and the largest mat was cut from Paper Trey White Cardstock. Using a Paper Piercing Tool, I free-hand paper pierced the large scalloped mat and the smaller red scalloped mat. I glued the stamped image white mat to the red, green and white scalloped mat and set aside. Using my Cuttlebug and the Cuttlebug Vintage Corner Die, I cut two scroll corner embellishments out of Colormates Medium Autumn Red Cardstock. I glued one of the scroll corner embellishments to the stamped, matted image, and the other to the lower right hand corner of the card.

A strip of Michael's Holiday Red Sparkle Ribbon was run across the Paper Pizazz Soft Tints Green Stripes horizontal paper strip and then adhered to the back of the card base. Using Favorite Findings plastic snowflakes, I glued them to the white sponged, Cuttlebugged snowflake pink background using Zots, adding one in the corner of each red scroll corner embellishment. I put a center pearl in each snowflake using Michael's Self-Adhesive Half Pearls, using Zots. I popped up the scalloped framed, stamped image onto American Crafts Dimensionals over the ribbon strip. I tied a Michael's matching Holiday Red Sparkle Ribbon Bow to the ribbon strip to finish.


Gracie said...

Talent, talent, talent!! I LOVE your cards!!!

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!!

-Gracie at

Barb said...

Wow! I love the colors and the composition of this card! It is fun to come by and visit --- your creative style has so much energy.

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Wow!!! Such beautiful detail! Those little snowflakes are very cool - I love how you layered them on the vintage corner dies!!
hugs, Jami