My hand was forced for this post after I realised I had made a fun fold card instead of a colour challenge card for the hop, so it has turned into a ‘quick and easy handmade card’ instead! This only took me 15 minutes to make, and that was including the design time, so this one would be great for when you need a card in a hurry.
The colours for this month’s colour challenge are Rich Razzleberry, Fresh Freesia and Old Olive, a beautiful combination and perfect for flowers, which is great for me as I have been wanting to try out the new Flowing Flowers stamp set I got recently. I must admit I love the fonts, the sentiments and the images in this set!
My card base here is Fresh Freesia, cut to 29cm x 10.5cm and scored in half at 14.5cm. The Basic White mat has been stamped with the images and then layered directly onto the card front. This type of stamp set can be a bit tricky to work with, some people find, as the quality of the image you get can depend on the ‘juicyness’ of your ink pad.
To get around that I used blending brushes to apply the ink, it just means you get a really even stamped image, and it also means you can get multicoloured images too!
Once the whole background had been stamped, I stamped one of the larger flowers onto a scrap of white cardstock, along with just the leaves from the other stamp. With my trusty paper snips I cut these out and stuck three gems into the centre of the flower for a bit of bling.
The sentiment is stamped on a piece of white card measuring 14cm x 1.5cm and this is layered onto a mat of Old Olive card measuring 14cm x 2cm. I simply stuck this flat onto my cardfront and then added the cut flower and leaves. Again, I stuck these flat to keep it low cost for posting but you could add dimensionals if you wanted to.
I stamped another piece of white card measuring 14cm x 10cm and stuck this to the inside of the card, and also decorated the envelope in the same way. Just a simple corner decoration using the same blending brush technique as I used on the front of the card. Adding both of these pieces really brings the card to life and makes a wonderful quick and easy handmade card.
I hope that you have time to hop around the rest of the team’s pages, to see what brilliant ideas they have using this colour challenge. And why not have a go yourself? Even if you don’t have the exact same colours, grab those purples and greens and have a go, I would love to see what you make.
Until next time, Happy Stamping xx
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