Thursday, March 22, 2012

End of The Week Technique #25 Color Wash / RHSSC #28 / My Challenge #15

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Hey y'all. Happy Thursday! Just one more day till the weekend.Woo-Hoo!

3 more days till my best friend arrives from Yuma for 2 weeks of class. I can't wait to see him! I have been a busy little bee in my stampin studio, getting lots of new cards and projects ready to go for you, because I don't imagine I'm going to have much time to stamp after Saturday.

Today's card is not the one I had originally planned to do for this weeks EWT. I was going to do my team swap card that I'm swapping tonight. However, I still needed to do a challenge card and when I saw this challenge over at Red Hot Stampers, I knew the technique I wanted to do.....Best Laid Plans and all that. So, next week you will get my swap card for the EWT. But, for today you get a Two-Fer. LOL! :)

Here's today's card-

This is way outside of my comfort zone, and it took quite a few tries to get a card I was happy with, But I have no doubt that was more me than technique driven.

Here's the sketch I was going by-

As you can see I stuck pretty close to the basic sketch. I simply moved the ribbon section over and added a stamped image. I think the concept with the sketch's "flags" was to use DSP and there would have been no need for an image, but as I used straight color instead, I felt I needed to put something else there.

I really struggle with Clean & Simple cards. No, wait, let's try that again...

I really Struggle with Clean & Simple cards!

In fact, I posted my first one layer card, just last week. This one has two layers, so I could wrap my Bakers Twine. I'm trying to do these a little more often especially since they are so hard for me.

*I'm not sure what this technique is really called, I'm calling it Color Wash, for obvious reasons. I saw it one day when I was trolling the blogs on my reader feed and thought "that's pretty cool!" I think it worked out well with this sketch. I don't remember who's blog I saw it on, but if it was yours or you know who's it is, please let me know so I can give credit.

I used Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, and Wisteria Wonder for my colors and sponged them onto my Whisper White c/s. I first masked off the edge with 2 sticky-notes using my grid paper to make sure it was straight. This gave me a crisp border. Then starting on the sticky-notes and sponging towards the other side, I sponged back and forth until I got the desired depth of color. I think this would probably be a little easier to control with daubers and you could control the lines a little bit easier too. I guess I could have used some sticky-notes to make clean edges in-between the 3 colors and make them all the same width, and maybe I will try that on another card, but I have to say that I actually kind of like the "raw" feel to this look. I wish I had bigger image to stamp so it fit more in all three colors...oh, well maybe next time.

I stamped the image from Bordering on Romance in Black Stayz-On because I wanted a crisper, cleaner image and I think that turned out to be a good move. I stamped the image a second time on one of my "Ooops" attempts to use as my little punched flower.

I "fussy-cut" it out, punched a hole with my Crop-A-Dile and then let Tink have at it. I secured it to my card with some Calypso Coral Bakers Twine that I wrapped a couple of times around my card and knotted off. I frayed the ends (something I never do) to give the look of more fullness to the ribbon layer, since I didn't add a bow.

Here's the inside-

 I used the greeting from Everyday Elegance, one of our Sale-A-Bration sets. I love the font, so elegant! Don't forget to get your set while you can. SAB ends in just 9 days so don't delay!

The border of flowers along the bottom is also from Bordering on Romance. I used my Stampin Write Markers to color it, in the same colors I used on the front.

Well, that's my card for today.  I hope you liked both the card and the technique, I know I sure enjoyed making it, once I got over my usual it has to be perfect and the oops I forgot the challenge "flags" weren't all the same length...DUUUUUHHHHH! *headdesk*

I hope I've inspired you to try something new today. As always if you do I would love to see what you create. If you liked today's card, I would love it if you left me a comment. It's great when I get to hear from you! Also, if you liked it, please feel free to +1 or Pin it. I've added the buttons to my side-bar for your convenience. Friends and Followers are also welcome. :)

Till next time-

Remember- Life isn't about Waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,
Shan Pin It


  1. Love your take on the sketch, especially how you used just straight color for the flag-ish parts. Thanks for playing along with the Red Hots.

  2. Hi Shannon,
    Cute idea using the ink the way you did on your card. I also like how you added the flower on your twine to give it a little bling. :) Thanks for playing with the Red Hot Stampers!


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