Sorry there's been a bit of a drought with posting, but got a little busy with Easter and a Space Shuttle launch the very next day. The STS-131 launch was a beauty; probably the prettiest launch I've ever seen. It seems a shame that with each launch we have to remember that there are only a few of these awesome opportunities left. Sigh.
STS-131 Launch, April 5, 2010 (Photo credit: NASA/Ben Cooper)
Today's project is a card that I made for a challenge swap. In previous posts, I've written about similar challenge swaps for the Bold Brights and Soft Subtles color families. This challenge was to take a color from the Rich Regals color family and use it with Sahara Sand and a neutral of either Whisper White or Very Vanilla. I added to this and challenged myself to use a color that was gathering dust: Bordering Blue. My goodness! Holy cow! This one was tough!
It turned out rather elegant, don't you think? And the sentiment lends itself to a birthday or wedding theme. Gotta love the Best Wishes and More stamp set. It's just so versatile! I used the Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions embossing folder with the Big Shot to create the raised embossing on the Sahara Sand panel on the card front. Then I used the Sanding Block to roughen up the embossing so that the distressed cardstock would accept more color. Bordering Blue ink was sponged across the distressed areas to add more dimension to the embossing and a white gel pen was used to highlight the flower. The Full Heart punch was used to punch an opening in the open area under the embossing. Then all the edges of the cardstock were sponged with Bordering Blue. This panel was attached to a panel of Whisper White whose edges were sponged with Bordering Blue ink. Bordering Blue ink was sponged on the Whisper White visible through the punched heart. These panels were attached to the Bordering Blue card front whose edges were sponged with Bordering Blue ink. Lots of sponging going on...
The sentiment was stamped with (you guessed it) Bordering Blue just under the heart. The heart image was stamped (with Bordering Blue ink) on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and cut out with Paper Snips. The heart was attached to the center of the Whisper White heart with Stampin' Dimensionals. A small bow made from Whisper White Taffeta ribbon was attached to the embossed branch with a Mini Glue Dot.
The envelope flap was also embossed with the Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions embossing folder and the raised areas were sponged with Bordering Blue ink.
Just a few days after I completed this card and sent off my swaps, I read the announcement from Stampin' Up! that the focus color for this card will be retiring. While this color is not one that I use often, it will be a shame to see it go. However, I am very excited about the Color Renovation that will become effective with the new catalog release on July 1st. My next post will have more information about the upcoming changes.
In the meantime, dig down into your cardstock stack to the colors that are collecting dust and challenge yourself to create a project with a color that's outside your comfort zone. You just might surprise yourself!
Stamps: Best Wishes and More; Inks: Bordering Blue; Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Sahara Sand, Whisper White; Embellishments: Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Signo Uni-Ball White Gel pen; Adhesives: SNAIL, Mini Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sanding Block, Full Heart punch, sponge, Big Shot, Multi-purpose Platform, Standard Cutting Pads, Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Folder; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope