Color Dare #329 - Love of Color
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I had planned to do a Valentine's Day blog... showing some of the various cards I made for this holiday centered around love, but sadly I goofed up! I took the pictures, thought I had loaded them on my blog, and promptly deleted said pictures off my computer. I don't generally keep pictures of my cards longterm because who has enough computer memory for that!?! Sadly, the pictures didn't upload to my blog (and I have already mailed the cards) so now the only people who will be able to see this year's handcrafted Valentine's Day cards are the recipients of the cards themselves!
So, to have at least one "love themed" card up on my blog this month, I decided to participate in another Color Dare! This Color Dare is a "pick three" style challenge. I chose to use Carolina, Peach, and Smoothie (grey and whites are free). If you would like to see the rules and/or join the Color Dare then click on the link below this Color Dare colors image.
I started off by cutting a white cardstock card base 4.25" x 11" and folding it in half. This will create a standard A2 sized card.
Next I cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.75" x 5.5". I then covered the entire surface with some shimmer using a shimmer pen.
Using a blending sponge I then took a scrap piece of white cardstock and shaded it with the Carolina blue on top, faded into the Smoothie in the middle, and finished with the lighter Peach at the bottom. I didn't mind using scratch cardstock for this as I was going to die cut the "love" out of this piece.
Next I pulled out my Cricut Cuttlebug and started cutting out a lot of "love". I cut five out of the shaded piece of cardstock and ten out of white cardstock. This is always a great way to use up those scraps of cardstock.
The next step requires adhering the "love" die cuts together. I like layering at least three (two white and a colored piece) to add dimension to the completed card.
Use tiny drops of glue.
The two white layers are adhered, now for the colored top layer...
All three layers are now adhered together.
Once the "love" components are dry enough to work with I adhered them to the shimmered piece of cardstock. I use a glue that dries clear, however, I still make a point to use tiny drops so as not to have a lot "squishing out" around the die cut.
While the shimmer/love piece dries it is a good time to add color to the base card. Once again I used the Carolina, Smoothie, and Peach inks to blend the color. Knowing that the middle was going to be covered up with the shimmer/love piece I did not worry about adding a lot of color to the middle, instead, I concentrated my even blending to the out edges. I used blue tape to both hold down the cardstock base to my workspace and to keep from going over the edges with my blending of color.
Once done it was time to add the shimmer/love piece. I used a tape adhesive for this step.
For the inside of the card I shaded another piece of scrap cardstock in the same color order, but then cut the die cut out from side to side. This allowed for all three colors to appear on the "love" die cut. Since this "love" was going inside of the card I left it as a one layer word.
I stamped the sentiment and added the single layer "love" to the inside of the card. The word "Sending" is from a Crafter's Companion set. The "Celebrate Every Tiny Victory" is a CTMH stamp, C1713 - Notes of Inspiration Sentiments stamp set. I have a friend going through a rough time right now and felt this was perfect for her as she works through her life's journey.
Although I tend to keep my cards clean and simple (CAS) I felt that it still needed a "little something" to complete it. So, working within the color challenge rules, I chose to use some white pearl embellishments to finish off the front. Pearls are CAS but also add a bit of elegance to the project.
And now the card is completed. Photographing "shimmer" is always a problem, however, in person, I am rather pleased with how it turned out both in technique and aesthetically. What do you think about it?
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