July 4, 2013

Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge

Hello lovelies! Happy Independence Day! And Happy July! :)

July kicks off some fun and exciting things over at Pals Paper Arts! We have a brand new team and brand new color combos and sketches to begin weekly challenges! Wahoo! Ready for the first challenge of the month? We have a lovely, patriotic color combination today!

Here are the DEEtails:

Creating this card was pretty challenging for me. I had a really difficult time with this color combination - you know my aversion to red... and then, there was this very bright blue to work with... I'm sure you can see why I chose to use quite a bit of Crumb Cake on my card. But I was excited to play with some of my new goodies, so although it was a challenge, it was quite a bit of fun. For the base, I used the Positively Chevron stamp - I kind of like how imperfectly it was stamped. I offset the bright blue with some Crumb Cake card stock which I ran through a polka dot embossing folder and matted with more Crumb Cake. I'm loving this new Regarding Dahlias stamp! I stamped it in VersaMark on Crumb Cake card stock and embossed it with some Whisper White powder. I added a bit of color using my Blender Pen. I was actually a little nervous as I colored in the petals, but the dark and light bits just seemed to work. Some dimensionals help to make it really pop. I layered a bit of Summer Smooches DSP underneath, which I punched with the Scallop Punch and added a piece of Natural Trim ribbon for some texture. Finally, the sentiment from Four You was layered on top. 

Whew! That's a lot! But it is definitely a huge difference from what I started with...

My card was so blah... I sat with it for a while and finally realized what it needed - texture, depth, and color. So I added them. I added texture with an embossed background, ribbon, and heat embossed image. I added depth by expanding my dahlia image to the edges of the card, layering my ribbon, and adding dimensionals. And finally, I added color by inking my flower and enlarging it, as well as expanding the white space on my sentiment. I'm loving the updated card. Want another peek at it?

Now, won't you join the Pals this week with our color challenge? Check out the lovely projects that our Resident Artists have come up with! I'm sure you will be inspired! Then link up your creation to the Pals Paper Arts blog. 


  1. Wonderful card, Nina! Love how you added color to the dahlia!

  2. Love the chevron and the big bold flower!

  3. Lovely card, Nina! The changes you made did make all the difference. I love how you colored that Dahlia. I would never know you have an aversion to red!

  4. WOW! the embossed dahlia on crumb cake is fabulous . . . especially with the added color!

  5. Gorgeous, Nina! Love the chevron background you created!

  6. Both cards are pretty, the one you chose does remind me a bit like fireworks, which fits the holiday and challenge perfectly, Love them.

  7. The dahlia looks gorgeous in any color!!