Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Color Challenge UDI 14–Elegant Every Moment Stamp Set


This week’s Utah Divas International Design Team Challenge colors are appropriately inspired by a Christmas Ornament!  This lovely ornament  features colors of Basic Black, Old Olive, So Saffron, and Very Vanilla.  I hope you’ll play along with the Design Team and create your very own color challenge based card, project or scrapbook page, and then visit the UDI team blog by clicking the link in the first sentence!  Psst.. Gretchen Barron… I like this color challenge much better LOL!


Stamps and Supplies used for today’s UDI 14 Color Challenge Card:

  • Stamps:  Every Moment
  • Cardstock:  Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, So Saffron
  • Classic Ink:  Basic Black, Bashful Blue
  • Stampin Write Markers:  So Saffron, Basic Black
  • Punches:  3/4” Circle, Double Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
  • Big Shot Machine and Pretty Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder
  • Accessories:  Chantilly lace, Antique Brads, Dazzling Diamonds, Mono Adhesive, Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aqua Painters

I chose to feature the Every Moment stamp set for this color challenge… the stamp set mimics somewhat the simple elegance featured in the inspiration piece, don’t you think?  Here’s my color challenge card:


Stamping and Assembly:  Step by Step

  • I stamped both sentiment and flower with Basic Black Classic Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock.  Basic Black Classic Ink is semi-permanent ink and if you let it set a while or even heat set it before water-coloring the image, you shouldn’t have a problem with the ink running.. it’s a nice alternative to Stazon permanent ink and watercolor paper.
  • The bloom was colored in with an Aqua Painter, so saffron and old olive classic inks.  After coloring, I added dots of Basic Black with a stampin’ write marker to the flower center, and glitter to the flower petals using Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive and Dazzling Diamonds… just a little pizzazz went a long way, don’t you think?
  • A little focal trick:  I added a very light shadow of Bashful Blue Classic Ink around the entire floral image to create depth and a slight shadow using an Aqua Painter.
  • The little scalloped edge atop the pretty polka dots embossed Old Olive layer was made with the DSRB (Double Scalloped Ribbon Border) Punch.  Applying Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive back of the pretty scallop trim allowed me to align it perfectly parallel to the first row of polka dots on the Old Olive layer.
  • I used a basic black stampin’ write marker to add just a little touch of color to the edges of the floral stamped focal image before attaching it to the So Saffron Cardstock with Mono Adhesive. 
  • Not wanting to add too much bulk to the card, and yet give it a mild vintage feel, I added the Chantilly Lace using mini glue dots, with application similar to the one found in my Scrunch Ribbon Technique on the Tutorial tab at the top of the blog.   Mini Glue dots work better on lace than the customary red sticky tape because there are so many holes in the lace.  Other adhesives would be overkill, causing the lace to stick to the envelope.
  • A 3/4” circle punch of Old Olive Cardstock was used to layer and enhance the antique brad, and attached with a stampin’ dimensional… although I might traditionally use a brad layered button, I really wanted to make this card less bulky and the cardstock circle achieved that effect .
  • The entire focal ensemble was then attached to the card front with ultra thin stampin’ dimensionals – a favorite to paper crafters world wide according to a recent PaperCrafts Magazine Poll!

Hope you enjoyed today’s UDI design team challenge card!  I’d love to see your creations too!

Off Topic aka OT: 

Do you have your Christmas shopping completed yet?  I have to confess… I don’t.  When my children were young, I would panic if I didn’t have it done by Thanksgiving, and generally began my shopping in January following Christmas!   The ONLY gift I’ve purchased at this point is for my DH… LOL and he’s always the most difficult one to shop for!

Of course my kids are now adults… and busy with careers.  My DS will be leaving the country at some point in January compliments of the USAF, and all my DD wants for Christmas is her Doctoral Degree or appropriate employment for a new graduate with two Masters Degrees!… LOL can’t help her there!

With just a couple weeks until Christmas, you may want to take advantage of my online stampin up store and have your gifts for your favorite crafty friend, family member, or child delivered direct to your door!



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Andrea said...

This is just beautiful. I love the details that you incorporated, but it still has an air of elegant simplicity.

Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva said...

that ornament rocks!!!

jimlynn said...

So elegant and just gorgeous! Love it.

Maxine Conrad said...

Fabulous card Sharon! Well Done friend :)

Ann Schach said...

Great job with the color challenge! I love the scrunchy lace. Thanks for playing at Pals Paper Arts.

Linda Callahan said...

Your projects are lovely! Loved the scrunchy lace :) Thanks for joining us at PPA!

Darlene Plotinski said...

Beautiful job on the water coloring!

Stampin' Diva said...

Just love the sentiment on this card!! The scrunchy lace was perfect. Thanks for playing along with us at Pals Paper Arts!!