I decided recently to try and enter a few more challenges. This is for two reasons – to get me to blog a bit more regularly and also because the challenges tend to stretch you. Being set colours or a sketch really does make you think in new ways. I would never have put the card for this post together if this colour combination hadn’t been set by the Pals Paper Arts:
I don’t really “do” pastels – this family was the last I bought as I’m more of a bright, bold and in your face colours type of girl. The 2014 in-colours? Much more my thing! So, as you can imagine, I found this colour combination a bit daunting. But in the end I came up with something I’m really pleased with.
I’ve wanted the Happy Easter Bunny stamp for ages and finally added it to my most recent order. The dancing bunny is so joyous! And I decided the subtle colours would work well on an Easter card.
The base is Soft Sky – I rounded the corners with the envelope punch as I don’t have a corner punch. I then used my brayer to colour the star paper from the Irresistibly Yours specialty DSP with Soft Sky, which is free during Sale-a-bration (for every £45 spend you get to choose from a great selection of free products). I built up the colour by going over the paper several times and then left it to dry. I rounded the corners of this layer, as well as the Pistachio Pudding layer I placed on top. I stamped the image in black Memento ink (although now realise I should have used Stazon- luckily it still worked) on Whisper White and then coloured it in using Blender pens and ink squeezed into the lids of the Soft Sky, Pistachio Pudding and Pink Pirouette ink pads. I cropped the image using an Oval framelit and the Big Shot. I took a length of (non SU!) white ribbon and tied it in a small bow around the star layer. When my sister saw that I’d made a bow she was extremely impressed – we’re both normally a bit rubbish at tying reasonable bows! Finally, I put all the layers together, discovering as I did so that the Oval worked better at an angle and then put a small diamante on the bunny’s ribbon – who doesn’t look better with a little bit of bling?
I embossed the flap of a Whisper White envelope using the Stars TIEF and my newly acquired Texture Boutique (it’s so nice not to have to keep swapping the magnetic and multi-purpose platforms over on the Big Shot!) but then I realised that the All Abloom DSP stack has a Pistachio Pudding pattern in it and covered another envelope flap:
I can’t decide which I like best! When I come to send the card I’ll probably just choose one at random.
Hope you like it.