I keep finding myself wanting to participate in so many of the card challenges around the blog sphere, but lacking the time, drive, or available crafting space to get anything done. But no more! (er…at least, not for this challenge). I finally found the – in this case – space to craft a couple cards. *tear* I’m so proud. 😉
This month’s Blog Hop challenge over at Papertrey Ink was to choose one of the given ‘fruits of summer’ color schemes. I opted to use ‘cherries in aqua bowl’:
I’m not usually one for such bold, geometric designs, but I love how striking it is! I had started on it with the decision that I would do something less girly (that’s what I usually seem to end up gravitating towards). By making a new layer for each of the colors, the stacked papers give it quite a bit of depth and dimension as well as a strong focal point. Creating those triangles was the biggest challenge. I don’t have a die that comes anywhere close to the size or shape I wanted (large pennant, here I come), so I had to measure and cut them by hand. I started with the scarlet jewel layer and figured out the size and shape from there since it would be my largest filler on the card front. To save myself some sanity for times of real crisis, I then wound up just tracing all the other colors to the same size/shape and cutting off the top overhang after I glued each one down. The banner really brought it all together after that.
I wanted to bring the some of the colors from the outside to the inside, so I selectively inked one of the longer stamps from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday in the top tier of colors.
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White, Scarlet Jewel, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)
Dies: Sayings With Banner (Simon Says Stamp)