Sunday, September 18, 2016

Christmas Card Challenge #41

It's hard to believe that we're already at challenge #41 over at 
I've thoroughly been enjoying every minute of it!

This week we have a color challenge for you. I'll be honest with you - 
I love color challenges - they can take me out of my comfort zone and 
that can be fun - but this one had me stumped! Don't get me wrong - I 
loved the challenge - I was just struggling with this one.  
I was trying to make my colors match the ones in the photo prompt below
but I wasn't feeling it. So I decided to stop trying to make them match and
to use shades of them and then the card just came together (sort of - I did
struggle along the way).

I was recently given thousands and I mean thousands of the paint sample
cards that you get in the stores. I had no idea it was going to be that much
when I said I would take them - it looked like an invasion in my craft room.
I plan on sharing them with a teacher at one of the elementary schools who
is so creative that she'll have no trouble using them in her class.

I used a couple of the samples to die cut some snowflakes and the word joy. They have a great weight to them - you'll be seeing them used a lot over here.
I sponged the background strip using different blue distress inks from
 Tim Holtz. For the sentiment I first stamped in versamark ink, heat 
embossed with white and then cut each word into separate pieces. 

This is where I had a bit more trouble. Trying to figure out the layout.
I originally had more snowflakes in different colors but it was looking way
too bus for me so I changed up the snowflakes to be one color and got rid
of some. Having everything focused around the blue piece, leaving a 
chunk of white on the right and keeping the snowflakes neutral helps to 
balance everything - keeps your eye from wondering what to focus on.

Even though there were a few struggles with this challenge, I had a ton
of fun doing it and am thrilled with how it turned out. 

I hope you're inspired to check out the rest of the DT's cards and to
play along with us.

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card stock: whisper white, basic black
stamp set: Jolly & Joyful (Lil' Inker)
big shot: joy (Lil' inker), Bring on the Snowflakes dies (CAS-ual Fridays),
             stitched stackable rectangles (Lawn Fawn)
ink: versamark
embossing powder: white
Tim Holtz Distress inks: Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire
paint samples (local hardware store)
fun foam (Michaels)


  1. Even though you were stumped by the colors you still managed to create an awesome card with an awesome design Susan! I too was stumped. These were definately hard colors to work with.

  2. Great idea for the color challenge....this was a hard one! Your card is so bright and fun...I love how you did the sentiment!