Friday, March 13, 2015

Color Dare #133 ~ Smoothie, Honey, Flaxen, Crystal Blue, Gypsy + Black & Colonial White

Hello! Feel like a little spring today? The Color My Heart color dare for this week made me think of spring so I just went with it!

The colors are inspired by the Wonderful paper pack: Smoothie, Honey, Flaxen, Crystal Blue, Gypsy with Black and Colonial White. My 5" x 7" card was inspired by a card I saw on Dr. Phil Scraps. I love the sponged "sky" behind the flowers!

To sponge the sky I first cut a 2 1/2" square in a piece of paper to create a mask. To hold it lightly in place while I sponged, I first dabbed some glue from our Glue Pen and let it dry. Now my mask is like a sticky note! Using a sponge and Crystal Blue ink I inked the sky making it darker around where the flowers would be stamped. Gently peel off the mask and you'll see a beautiful color background!

After stamping the flowers in black ink I got out my Shin-han markers and colored the flowers. As you color you'll see areas that indicate shadow. Just color over those spots a second time to get a soft shadow effect. I also sanded the Smoothie and Black cardstock layers to soften the look a bit. When placing the flower layer on the black cs, I liked how just having the black show on two sides looked. It kind of framed the flower layer like the sponged sky created a frame effect. The left and bottom edges were scraped over the black ink pad just for a finished look to the layer. Next was adding some twine and popping that layer with 3D Foam. A few black sparkles later the card was finished!

All products are Close To My Heart:
-A Little Note stamp set
-CS: Smoothie, Black, Colonial White
-Ink: Crystal Blue, Black
-Markers: Pastel Green, Lavendar, Golden Yellow
-Tools: Sanding Block, 3D Foam
-Embellishments: Flaxen Extra Thick Twine, Black Sparkles

I'd love to be your consultant!

Now that you're feeling like spring isn't so far away, how about putting your creative mojo to work! Join us for the Color My Heart color dare this week. Each color dare opens on Friday morning and closes Thursday at 9:00pm CST. Click here to see what the other Design Team members have to show you and check out the details in the sidebar for adding your artwork to the color dare!

Happy Creating!


  1. What a great idea to make the mask! I love the effect!

    1. Thanks, Katrina! Such a simple idea to incorporate into the design.

  2. I love the sky background and the black frame that you used to emphasize the main image.

  3. You've managed to make a complicated color combo into a simple card. Great job!

  4. Beautiful card! Love the sponged background! Thank you for playing along with Color Dare.

  5. Beautiful, Michelle. Great job with the masking. Thanks for joining the Color Dare.

  6. Beautiful, Michelle. Great job with the masking. Thanks for joining the Color Dare.