Thursday, March 26, 2009

April Showers Bring May Flowers

This week’s challenge at Mothers and Daughters Creations is a color challenge – they've challenged their blog readers to create a card with a spring theme with the colors light blue, yellow, and black. Now that IS a challenge for me, since black is not a color that comes to mind when I think of spring. I had to make a concerted effort to use it as an accent color on one of the two cards I made for this challenge. It would have been a lot easier with a bumble bee stamp!

When I think of spring, I think of April showers and May flowers and Stampavie’s Lily and Milo “Rainy Day” stamp is perfect for this theme. I used different shades of light blue to create two very different cards with very different personalities.

Using a light navy blue as my primary color for my image for this first card, I matted the rainy day friends first on a delicate floral pastel Imaginisce paper and then onto yellow and black card stock. I added a layer of light navy gingham checked paper and then another layer of black card stock. I punched the edges of each layer with one of Martha Stewart’s lace edge punches. A thin sheer black ribbon provided a bold but not overpowering place to anchor flowers in black and yellow. I used Prima’s Heavenly Cut flowers which have flowers in both silk and a thin, organza-like material which I topped with a small yellow Prima flower. I used Kaiser blue pearls to embellish the umbrella with a larger pearl on top and smaller pearls on the curlicues, on the little girl's hair bow, and in the center of the flower.

For this second card, I used both sides of the double sided “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” patterned paper from the For Peep's Sake Collection by Imaginisce and overlapped them to create a pastel blue stripe and floral background.

I stamped the image in Versafine Black Onyx ink, my token “black” for the card challenge. Watercolored in pale yellow and aqua, I mounted my rainy day couple on a background of solid light blue card stock embossed with Cuttlebug’s “Bubbles” folder. In the original image, the children are standing in a small puddle and I cut and layered their “puddle” from pieces of vellum.

The corner embellishment was cut with a Cuttlebug victorian corner die. With its central tulip, it’s the perfect compliment to the tulip print paper. Light aqua and yellow Prima flowers, some punched yellow branches, and a yellow button from the Sugared button collection finish the right lower corner.

On the inside of the card, I added a panel of the same floral paper, edged with a lace edge punch and embellished with a corresponding corner treatment.The stamped sentiment, "Feel Better Soon" brings the colors in the floral panel to life.

As much as possible, I try to embellish the inside of the card to coordinate with the cover. It's just one more thing that makes a hand made card stand out from the crowd.


Christi said...

What sweet cards!!!

Cindi said...

aww.. these are both so sweet!!! great cards

Lily said...

Fantastic card....Love your color combination. Love the stamp too.