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Sunday, August 30, 2015

WWC31 Heidi's Sketch Challenge

Where is the time flying to.  Suddenly summer's over and it's time for another sketch challenge at the Watercooler Challenge.  

This sketch #WCC31 was designed by the very talented paper crafter, Heidi Weaver.  If you're into cards or layouts with lots of layers then this one will be right up your alley.  

I decided to combine this great sketch with the colour challenge at Colour Me.  It's colour challenge CMCC#86 and showcases Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Cajun Craze and Tangerine Tango with a neutral of your own choice. I chose to combine these colours with Whisper White.

Here's my entry:
My card started with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White card base scored at 4 1/4".  The first mat measuring 5 1/4 x 4" is cut from Pool Party and I sponged around the edges with the same ink.

The next mat measures 5 x 3 3/4".  I started with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 sheet of Whisper White card stock and stamped a random pattern with Sponge Daubers in the four challenge colours. Some dots were full strength and others were stamped off almost to opaqueness. I also used the dotted image from the Watercolour Wings stamp set and stamped it over the circles in Lost Lagoon ink.  Once all the stamping was done I cut the paper down to the above size for the mat.  I also die cut the three butterflies with the Butterflies Thinlet Dies. 
Note:  If I was making this card again, I think I would have changed how I used the Tangerine Tango, because it's simply too bright a card stock and overwhelms the left side of the card creating an imbalance. In retrospect, I should have have die cut the large Butterfly image and placed it as the bottom layer of the Butterfly stack. I would have then substituted a strip of Lost Lagoon for the Tangerine Tango banner and probably embossed it with the large Polka Dot TIEF, to mimic the circles on the background paper, instead of using the smaller Perfect Polka Dots TIEF which is now retired. 
I stamped the sun burst from the Kinda Eclectic Stamp set on a 2 3/4 x 2 3/4" piece of Whisper White.  It makes a nice background design.  In retrospect I should have stamped it using Versa Mark and Lost Lagoon inks and then heat set it with clear embossing powder.
Kind of Eclectic Stamp Set comes in wood or clear mount.

For the inside of the card I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment the butterflies and the border strip using images from the Basic Butterfly stamp set.
This eleven piece coordinating stamp set and matching butterfly dies come in a bundle in either wood or clear mount styles. You can save 15% off the regular price of the stamps and dies by purchasing them as a bundle.  I'm totally in love with my clear mount.
I think I've fallen in love with the Boho Chic Embossing folder.  It's one of my favourites this season.  It looks great layered over other images or on it's own.  In this picture you can see a bit more of the background paper that I stamped with all the sketch colours.  Background papers are so much fun to make.
Stamp Sets:  Butterfly Basics, Kinda Eclectic, Watercolour Wings 
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Tangerine Tango
Accessories:  Big Shot, Trimmer, Perfect Polka Dots(R) and Boho Chic Embossing Folders, Basic Butterflies Thinlet Dies, Basic Rhinestones, Silver Charm (R), Dazzling Details, adhesive and dimensionals.

Well I hope you enjoyed today's colour and sketch challenges.  There's still a little bit of time to play along so if you want to get in on the fun, please click on the Watercooler Challenge or the Colour Me Challenge or both to find out the details.   



Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Penny, love the card. I'm not sure I entirely agree with your comment about the imbalance created by the Tangerine Tango. Your patterned area balances that colour quite nicely since it also contains the colour as well as creates an equally eye-catching area. The butterflies are gorgeous. I love the way you've layered all the embossed patterns as well as the butterflies. The result is stunning. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Challenge. Don't forget, starting next Wednesday it becomes a weekly challenge.

Bev said...

What a gorgeous card, Penny. I know you think the orange is too strong, but I actually like how it draws the attention to the left side of the card. It makes you look around more. And since I have a deep dislike for orange, lol, that's saying a lot!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Heidi and Bev for your comments on my card. Made me look at it with a less critical eye and I guess it actually does balance out okay. I'm totally in love with the butterfly dies and have so much fun playing with them. Thanks again. Appreciated.
Looking forward to the weekly challenge and have it on my calendar. I'm going to try and get my group of stamping demos interested in doing it too as a team challenge.
Happy Weekend!

Buffy said...

Love your take on the challenge, Penny! Gorgeous card!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Buffy for taking the time to comment on my card. I so appreciate it!

Jinny Newlin said...

Absolutely beautiful, Penny! Love all those textural layers! Way to pay attention to the details! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Colour Me...!

Bhavana said...

fabulous card.. Thanks for joining us at Colour Me!!

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Bhavana. Such great cards on this Colour Me challenge. Loved participating! Thanks for commenting.

Jackie said...

Penny, what an amazing card. You created a lovely background, and then that focal panel with the butterfly!! So much detail and layering, yet it all works together. Thank you so much for participating in our challenge.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Jackie for your lovely comment. I've always loved stamping my own background sheets. There's never any shortage of images or techniques you can use with all the Stampin' Up! products.

Antonia said...

Hi Penny,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your card with us this week at Colour Me! I love all the layers on your card and the beautiful butterfly is the cherry on the cake!
Hugs Antonia