Wednesday, April 20, 2011

DCBD224 CAS Butterfly, Sponging & Pearls

Is it just me, or are the recent color challenges a little strange?  Maybe I’m just in a stamping funk!  This week’s Diva Coffee Break Designs Color Challenge is bold and bright, featuring Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, and Tempting Turquoise.

Today’s color challenge card share is CAS… Clean and Simple, featuring the Strength and Hope stamp set and classic inks in challenge colors… hope you like it!

DCBD224, Happiness Shared, Step by Step, BCRF, For a Cure, Stampin Up

The Strength and Hope stamp set was created by Stampin’ Up! to help make a difference in the fight against Breast Cancer.  With the sale of each set, Stampin’ Up! is donating $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  The stamp set features four images, two of which are shown on the card above.  It’s also one of our founder, Shelli Gardner’s favorite stamp sets and causes (along with the Ronald McDonald House, of course!).

To make today’s color challenge card:

  • I cut a piece of scrap card stock to 3-3/4” x 5” and punched a 2-3/8” circle in what was approximated to be the middle.  This piece was then used as a mask for a Whisper White card stock piece of the same size.
  • Holding the two layers together, a stampin’ sponge was inked with Tempting Turquoise Classic Ink.  Using a light swirling motion, the tempting turquoise ink was applied within the circle… moving from the outer edges towards the middle. 
  • The resultant circle is not uniformly colored, and intentionally lighter in the middle.
  • The flourish image from Strength and Hope stamp set was stamped in the upper right and lower left corners of the sponged card stock, using Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink
  • A second mask was cut 2-3/4” x 4” and two opposing corners were rounded. 
  • TIP:  if you want a wider corner round, use a sanding block to gently ease it into shape.
  • Aligning the mask on top of the stamped cardstock, a dot was placed on the mask to approximate the beginning and end of the lines which I planned to draw.
  • Tracking the mask, the fine tip of a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker was used to draw a line around the corners, stopping and starting at the dots on the mask.
  • This stamped piece was mounted onto a 2-corner rounded 4” x 5-1/4 piece of Melon Mambo Card Stock, and then attached to an A2 Card (4-1/4” x 11” scored at 5-1/2”).
  • After stamping the butterfly onto a scrap of whisper white card stock with Melon Mambo Classic Ink, it was cut out with Paper Snips and mounted on the card front with stampin’ dimensionals.
  • TIP:  use your paper piercing tool to create a curved wing by rolling the tool across the back of each wing.  Place the dimensionals close to the center of the Butterfly and glue the center area directly to the card with Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive… it will make the butterfly pop!
  • Tiny pearls were added at the ends of each drawn line… this was an easy way to mask differences in line lengths too!
  • One large pearl and four smaller pearls were added to the butterfly ‘body’ creating the illusion of both head and body.

Here’s the DCBD official color challenge:

DCBD_224, color challenge, diva coffee break designs team, Sharon Field

Hope you’ll play along with us this week!  Visit the Diva Coffee Break Designs Team blog, and upload your creation… we love to see your creativity too!



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Brenda Hugar said...

Love your card, it is really pretty. Your directions are great, so easy to follow. thanks for sharing

Kris McIntosh said...

I think this is an amazing card. It is very simple but the attention to detail is spectacular. Just gorgeous.

Card Crazy said...

I love this. The colors are perfect, the design gorgeous.
Sue S.