I really liked this week's color challenge on the ColourQ blog and was inspired to give it a try. I paired it with the MFT sketch and had a really clear idea of which stamps I wanted to use. Once I started putting everything together, though, I could not get it to work at all. The sentiment was too big (I first used the other sentiment from the same set) and in order to not hide the text, I had to place the flower way over to the side, letting it hang outside of the card, making it unbalanced and too wide to fit in a regular envelope. Changing the sentiment helped some, but the mat seemed too wide for it and the flower was still hiding part of the wording. I finally solved my problem by placing the layers off-center. The card still seemed a little bare, but it finally came together once I thought of adding buttons. (Those are the new Designer buttons from the new SU! annual catalogue. Neat, huh?)
Another new item is the color dots that replace the brads. I am going to use those like there's no tomorrow, I can promise you that! I do like that there's no prongs on the back, which makes it easier to add them at the very end, like I did here, even after adhering everything in place, without getting prongs inside your card. You can also move them around on the project more easily until you find the perfect placement. And they come in every single colour we carry, so woo-hoo for that!
The background was created with the Mosaic embossing folder and a stamp from the Mixed Bunch stamp set, stamped in both Basic Grey and Summer Starfruit using the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig for perfect placement in the center of the embossed shapes. The center of the flower is a metal embellishment from the Artisan Kit we carried in the Spring mini, dotted with a pearl in the center.
I don't know that this is my favorite card I ever made, but since there's something for everyone, hopefully, some of you get inspired by it!
Color Combo: Summer Starfruit + Pool Party + Basic Grey + Orchid Opulence (Perfect Plum)
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Du fond du coeur (From My Heart)
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party Core'dinations, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Basic Grey, VersaMark
Accessories: Sweet Dots, Basic Grey ribbon, Scallop border die-cut (from Boutique Boxes kit),
Artisan Kit, Pearls, Designer Buttons, Label Collection Framelits dies, Pewter embossing powder,
Stampin' Dimensionals, Clear embossing powder, Mosaic embossing folder,
Papier piercer and piercing template, White envelope