September 6, 2011

ColourQ #101


Good morning!  After the long weekend here in the U.S., I nearly forgot that today is Tuesday and time for another fabulous ColourQ challenge!

Are you loving the new SU In Colors as much as I am?  Luckily for us, Arielle has included two of them in this week's color combo, which is inspired by a delicious fabric tote.


I haven't had much time to play with my newest stamps from Papertrey Ink, so I couldn't wait to ink up the gingko leaves from Harvest Berries.  *swoon*  I thought they would be perfect for a get well card for a co-worker who is having surgery this week.  

Usually when making a card, the sentiment is one of the last things I add, and often I don't even know what type of sentiment I'll use until the card is nearly finished.  For this card, I stamped the sentiment first for two reasons.  

First, I knew it would be a get well card, so I chose a phrase from PTI's Healing Touch Sentiments that I thought was most appropriate.  

Second, I wanted the sentiment in the "sweet spot", that intersection of imaginary lines that divides a card into thirds.  This is most appealing to the eye and draws your attention to the message immediately.

Once the sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry, it was fairly quick and easy to frame it with gingko leaves stamped in Pool Party.  Next I added some texture with PTI's Linen & Canvas impression plate.

For a bit of dimension and contrast, I die cut two gingko branches, stamped them in Lucky Limeade, and popped them up with foam adhesive.

To balance out the Razzleberry sentiment, I added a scattering of stamped purple berries, then adhered the panel to a lavender card base.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Lavender Moon, white)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Harvest Berries, Healing Touch Sentiments)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (branch dies, Linen & Canvas impression plate)

I love the composition of this card, but if I made it again I think I would stamp off once before stamping the aqua leaves so they would be a little softer and fade more into the background, because as-is it seems a little busy.  But I adore these colors together and hope you'll find some time to take up the challenge using them this week!

Thanks for paying me a visit today!  I hope to catch up on comments and visits to your blogs very soon!

16 comments:

Jean Martin said...

This is beautiful Christina! I'm still waiting for it to arrive in the mail! :)

Maureen said...

eek!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Christina!! It is the perfectly laid out card!!! It all works so beautifully :) I didn't get those leaves and berries stamp set and dies, but now think I should have!! The blossom die is great although I had to use my metal shim to make sure it cut all the way through...they popped out perfectly. I know some people said they've used felt, but I like the layered paper look :) Hugs to you!!

Tracey said...

So BEAUTIFUL!!! I am so needing this PTI set!!!!

Nerina said...

I love the way you thought this one through and the final balance is absolute perfection - colour and weight! This card makes me happy :0) Love the way you've used the colours with an unexpected twist!

Lindsay said...

Be still my heart girl! This is divine! Great job!

Lynn said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Christina!

Karen B. said...

Stunning. Beautiful. Lovely. And any other adjective that could convey this awesome card in all its glory.

Nance said...

Pure gor-juss-ness! The balance the colors, the sentiment, the leaves...it is absolutely perfect and stunning! Fabulous use of the colors, Christina. Just beautiful!

Smita said...

Very pretty! Love the dimension...

Stamper for fun said...

You're great at taking challenges and coming up with such beauties. I love this card.

**June K**

Lisa Petrella said...

Those gingko leaves look soooo pretty the way you stamped them in two different colors and popped some of them up!! Beautiful work!

Laurie said...

Holy cow this is gorgeous! I love those leaves! The texture looks amazing too! you did an awesome job with this color combo!

Dana said...

I just love, love, love your card!! Perfect take on the colors!
I was wondering if you'd consider adding the Follow by Email gadget to your sidebar so I can keep up with your posts!
Thanks!!

Marlena M. said...

I love the 3D look of your card. It's beautiful! ;)

Andrea M said...

Oh my freakin' word… this is BREATH TAKING!!!! WOW! I think it is perfect just the way it is :) I did not get this stamp set at the last release but now I. Must. Have. It. I am absolutely drooling...

The Paper Parade said...

I love how you not only take the colors into consideration, but you always use the picture and pattern to the fullest extent, too. WOW!

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