This week we have a color challenge:
These are the new Stampin' Up! InColors for 2017-18. I'm not a demonstrator any longer, so I placed my order with my bestie, Wendy Weixler with the rest of the hoi polloi on June 1st and hoped to get them in time to use them for this challenge. Luckily, they came in plenty of time! I decided to use a new stamp I had gotten from Concord & 9th via Ellen Hutson recently. Lookie:
GOJUS! This is a unique stamp, something I've never seen a company do before. Basically, you start by stamping the stamp once, then turning the paper and stamping it again, and repeating that until you have 4 different colors. It's really fun to play with! You really need a MISTI to use this effectively. I started out by stamping the circle background with four of the InColors and letting it sit overnight. The next day, I decided it was just way too busy for the entire card front, so I decided to make it into this circle element.
I decided that the greeting would be a die cut, and I've had this awesome die from Ellen Hutson's Essentials by Ellen collection for a while. My daughter, Emily, got me into watching the show Parks and Recreation, and this makes me laugh remembering a particular episode. I decided to die cut it from the only InColor I had not used to stamp the background, Tranquil Tide. It was pretty dull looking so I decided to add some clear Wink of Stella as well as using my favorite Sakura Stardust pen to outline the edges of the die. I cut this out 2 more times so that I could stack them to create something with more dimension. I layered it over the stamped circle with a die cut circle of vellum card stock so that it wasn't fighting so much with that background. I also added a punched heart from the Berry Burst card stock, also covered with Wink of Stella.
For the Powder Pink background, originally I had tried an embossed background, but it just didn't GO. So I decided to make a monochromatic stamped background to match the one I had done for the circle. My first stamping I double stamped the Powder Pink ink. The second stamping was Hero Arts Unicorn White. My third stamping was one stamping of Powder Pink. And my final stamping was of Versamark for that subtle watermark effect. I think you get the best effect when you alternate light and dark colors in your stamping.
In the midst of stamping this I had a brain wave. Since this card had a gift-giving theme with the Treat Yo-self die, why not make the card front the holder for a gift card? I assure you I don't normally have $100 Amazon gift cards laying around. In fact, this is empty, a card that was given to my son which he used up. I kept it in case I would want to reload it. To create the holder for the gift card, I simply turned over the circle element and laid the card where I wanted it to go, then boxed it in with foam tape . It's in there fairly loosely, and if that is a problem, you can always put a glue dot under the card so the recipient would have to pop it off the glue dot.
For the final touch, I grabbed a set of Reverse Confetti dies I bought not too long ago. I'm a sucker for dies that create small embellishments or accents for cards. These dies I believe are meant to function for tags or gift bags, but I like the way they add a certain somethin' somethin' to a card front. I added more clear Wink of Stella to the little flower.
I love how this turned out! I would like a gift card for this that matches the card a bit better, but when you're stampin' in the middle of the night, you use what you have.
Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC, Scrapbook.com, Gina K, Sizzix, and Blick Art Supplies. Buying through these links costs you nothing extra and helps support my blog and my artistic endeavors, and I thank you. Stampin' Up! links lead to their website, and you can choose your favorite demonstrator or check out as a guest.
You'll be able to see all of the Fab Friday team's creations and post one of your own by visiting the Fab Friday blog. You can also visit the other DT members' blogs and see what they've done with this challenge: