Saturday, October 17, 2009
Welcome to another week of my October challenges for Our Creative Corner! This week it's a color challenge: blush blossom, soft suede, sage shadow, and handsome hunter. I came up with this combo idea a while ago and this seemed like the perfect time to use it.
My first instinct was to make another Christmas card, but I decided to go a different route this week. I wanted to use a stamp set I hadn't played with much, and my eyes landed on Herb Expressions. I think these images and sentiments are so lovely. I chose the thyme image - I guess there was a little creative license since it appears that thyme flowers are white. But I covered up the name anyway, so it'll just be our little secret, right?
I colored the image with soft suede and handsome hunter markers, stamped it on very vanilla, and colored it with blush blossom and sage shadow markers. Then I cut and layered with oval Nestabilities and sponged soft suede on the edges. I wanted to use designer paper but didn't have a lot of options - the soft suede DP from Thoroughly Modern seemed perfect for the image, and the sage striped paper from Autumn Leaves (retired) added a nice contrast.
I wanted some kind of pretty bow and I played around with several different arrangements of ribbon. In the end I first put down a strip of soft suede ribbon with the solid side up, then the strip of the peachy color, then the dark green organdy bow. I have no idea what ribbons those last two are - just stuff I found in my stash! I left room for the sentiment (also from Herb Expressions), which I framed out using Frames with a Flourish. To finish off the card I added more sponging and lots of piercing - I toyed with other ideas of things to add but in the end I kept it simpler. Sometimes that really is better! :)
Be sure you stop by the OCC and check out the lovely samples from the rest of the team. And then come and play along - I'd love to see what you do with these colors!