Banners are always an easy way to add interest and charm to a card face. I think that's what attracted me to The Paper Players #206 challenge. This wonderful sketch has three banners and an oval for the focal point.
Over at the SU Only blog they're holding a "theme" challenge called "Favourite New Toys" 102 All you have to do to participate is make a card or 3D project using something that's new to you in relation to stamping. That's right, it's all about bringing out the unused toys ....you know, the stash of new stamping stuff that's gathering dust on your work table. What a great motivator!
Here's My Card:
In my last order I'd purchased the Blended Bloom single wood mount stamp, some Stampin Blendabilities and the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack and they've barely been touched, so I think they qualify for the "new toys" category.
How I Put This Card Together:
Unless I've got something specific in mind or I'm creating with a colour challenge sketch I often let the designer paper I pick help me decide what the rest of the colours in the project will be.
For this card I could have used almost any one of the awesome patterns in the All Abloom DSP pack, but when I saw this small bold print my decision was made. This particular print reminded me of old fashioned wall paper with it's big flowers and tiny background print. I also really liked the blend of Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Mossey Meadow.
Creating the card front was easy. I made a standard A2 card base in Island Indigo, and embossed the front of it with the Fancy Fan embossing folder. For the next three layers, I pieced together Daffodil Delight measuring 3 1/2" x 4 3/4", Mossey Meadow measuring 3 3/8"x 4 5/8" followed by the DSP which measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/2".
Originally I was thinking of colouring the Blended Bloom image with Blendabilities, but I'd only purchased the Old Olive and the Cherry Cobbler sets and they didn't work with my designer paper choice. So I had to put on my thinking cap at this point...... what to do? what to do?
I hope you enjoyed both of these challenges today and will leave me a comment to let me know what your "new toys" you haven't played with yet. Perhaps you could do one or both of these challenges too. There's still time.
August 2nd, 2014 Just a Note:
Thanks to Mike Funk at the Paper Players, my card was one of ten cards chosen for the "Cut Above". Congratulations to the challenge winner, Paula Sievers, from Austrailia, and all the other noteables!