This month’s cue is ~ A Color Challenge
Sage, white and kraft are so beautiful together. I had tons of fun making cards with these three colors while being challenged at the same time. I searched around my craft area for anything that fit this color scheme and got to work, happy work that is!
To all Unies here, there will be a Color Challenge album in the Unity Show & Tell Facebook group. I hope you play along! It will run from September 4th-30th. Share your card and be sure to add it to the album. There will be a lucky prize winner who will receive a $25 gift card.
When I saw this image, I was immediately drawn to it’s beauty and the open book idea. First I stamped the book on kraft cardstock with Memento ink and colored it with Berol Prismacolor pencils. I die cut the image with a scalloped edge by Gina Marie designs and trimmed off the edges. Next I die cut the wood frame and blended distress ink on it. I embossed the sentiment with Brutus Monroe alabaster powder. I also added a sheer bow in the top corner and a small piece at the bottom to create balance. Finally I splattered white acrylic paint over the top.
White pencil on kraft cardstock comes alive! It shows up brighter and more vibrant than one would imagine!
Originally I stamped the sentiment in brown ink but I didn’t think it showed up enough. The white embossed sentiment looked much better and I adhered it directly over the existing one, giving it dimension.
“ Your Life Is Your Story” by Graciellie Design for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
Paint splatters help illuminate the flowers without distracting. I was careful to keep the splatters fine and not too bold.
Card #2. A beautiful statement
This poppy is so large and majestic! Stamping the poppy and sentiment with Versamark ink, I heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe alabaster powder. Next I added embossing glitter over the top of the sentiment to set it apart from the flower image. Using a Copic marker, I added a touch of color in areas where I thought it needed definition and dimension. Then I die cut the top layer with a stitched border die by Gina Marie designs and framed it on kraft. Burlap twine was wrapped around the first two layers before gluing down to the white base. Finally I lightly splattered white acrylic paint on top.
I love this massive “hi.” stamp so much!
“ Floral and Buds” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
This is one of those images that is just as amazing with or without coloring for so many occasions!
Card #3. Art is life
A mixed layering vibe! These girls are unique and artsy. I always have a great time filling a card up with wild abandonment! First I stamped the girls and face on white cardstock. Next, using distress inks, I painted and blended the clothes, hair, eye and surrounding areas. Moving on, I die cut the two opposing corners and blended oxide ink on the cardstock underneath. Roughing up the edges was next in order with a scissor blade to give it a grungy feel. Then I stamped the sentiment, die cut it out and ink blended the edges. Finally burlap twine tied on the left for the finish. Oh, I also added Stickles for the outfits and 3D Crystal Laquer on the martini glass and eye! Whew all good – it’s alot going on but fun to look at I hope.
A little Stickles adds an extra sparkle and bling on the outfits.
What is the meaning behind this face? I don’t necessarily have a story to tell, I just thought it looked cool. I would love to hear your interpretation of what this face means to you!
Supplies I used
“Windows to the Soul – Large” by Donna Downey and “Party Girls (fashionista)” by Tracy Malnofski for Unity Stamp Company
This sentiment is truly amazing. It brings so much depth and meaning to the card.
Card #4. A happy thought
This bird has the sweetest expression on it’s face, I can’t even… I stamped the image on a curvy shaped die from watercolor paper. I was careful not to ink up the tree limb edges too dark. I wanted the edges to blend into the background as much as possible. Next I painted the bird which is so quick and fun to paint. I placed a small piece of washi tape to cover the lower part of the trunk and then wrapped burlap string around the bottom. I die cut the sentiment in kraft and added a bit of darker distress ink. A sequin embellishment added for balance.
Another view of the adorable little bird.
Supplies I used
“You’re You” Uniquely Unity kit for Unity Stamp Company
Loving this sentiment die by Unity Stamp Company.
Card #5. We got this!
I used four kits to create this card. When I started I told myself I was going to make a card that didn’t involve coloring. I love it, but it has taken every ounce of restraint to keep from coloring these images. (I still might) I stamped directly on the card base. I picked out some Angie girls I thought would be interesting and fit in with the shapes of the empty space I imagined. Also I knew I wanted to use this sentiment so I planned ahead where it was going to go. I stamped the sentiment and framed it with a thin edge of kraft and sage. Finally 1mm burlap twine and a clear jewel embellishment for the finish. Maybe the recipient can color it if I don’t!
Supplies I used
“Catherine, Cecilia, Anna and Selfie girls” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
“Together anything is possible” Yes this is so true!
Card #6. Take a moment
When I think of kraft cardstock, coffee is what comes to mind. The corrugated sleeves to keep our hands from getting too hot from the freshly brewed coffee! Excited to create a coffee scene, I stamped these images with rich cocoa Memento ink. I masked off the girl and then stamped the cafe. Next I colored the girl with Copic markers and ink. I lightly washed over the cafe blurring the lines to soften the background. I used coffee stain stamps, placing one around the sentiment. I also added 3D Crystal Laquer on her eyeglasses. This scene is trimmed with a Gina Marie border die and adhered to kraft. Finally I added washi tape on the fold and wrapped it around to the other side. I added swatches of color on the edges of the card to tie it all in.
Glasses shiny and realistic looking with the 3D Crystal Laquer.
A fun sentiment that is actually quite true for myself. I go to bed every night looking foward to my coffee in the morning!
“Coffee Helps” by Jessica Pickeral and “Cafe Delights” by Angie Blom for Unity Stamp Company
Supplies I used
One more view before I go and get a coffee!
The cards I made for this hop all in one! Which one is your favorite?
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Don’t forget to comment, I will randomly choose one person to win a prize. The winner will be announced during next month’s blog hop! The winner for last month (August) is……. Robin Stanton!!!……. Congratulations Robin! Thank you so much for your comments, we appreciate you! Please message me your mailing address information so I can send out your prize!
September is here and as much as I love summer, I am going to try to welcome autumn with open arms! A good way to look at this change of seasons is the beautiful fall leaves that will surround and the more time for staying home and cardmaking! I like that!
I hope you found some fresh ideas and new styles to try. I am looking forward to seeing your cards this month for the color challenge! The album will be on the Unity (show and tell) Facebook page. Please let me know if you have any questions about my cards. I will post coordinating videos on instagram for every card you see here in the hop!
Take care, stay safe and healthy!
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“Creativity is inventing. experimenting. growing. taking risks. breaking rules. making mistakes. and having fun.” Mary Lou Cook