Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Simply Sketched with a bit of Gorgeous Grunge

Colour challenges are a great way to push the creative boundaries - using colour combinations you wouldn't have chosen quite often sends you into other directions you may not have gone into as well! That definitely happened to me with the card I made with this week's Calypso Coral and Black palette at Dynamic Duos. In fact I'm still not quite sure where it came from! Come and see:


I started with this wonderful poppy image from Stampin' Up's stunning Simply Sketched stamp set, stamping it in black and colouring it with my Calypso Coral marker. The flower was then masked so that I could add a cross-hatched background using a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set  - which is now permanently out on my desk!


The tape image from the Grunge set was stamped over the stems of the flowers and I stamped another poppy, cut it out and layered it over the first to make a bunch. To embellish, I added a snipped-out sentiment and a piece of scrap card stock stamped with Filmstrip. The whole thing was layered onto a gorgeous scrap of Epic Day designer paper.

When I came up for air I wasn't sure what to make of it... in fact I'm still not! The Dynamic Duos colour challenge came with an option to use butterflies and I fully intended to do this but it just didn't happen somehow! Do you ever start a card with an idea and end up doing something quite different?

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Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Simply Sketched (hostess set), Gorgeous Grunge, Filmstrip
Ink: Stazon black, Calypso Coral marker
Card stock: Whisper White
Other:  Epic Day designer paper, paper snips
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Yesterday I was in the middle of making a card when my daughter came home from school. "I think I might put some little gems on the flowers," I was muttering to myself as she came through the door. "What? lettuces!" she said brightly. "That would be lovely Mummy! A card embellished with lettuces!" Hmm. She has no idea about artistic torment! (And neither do I come to think of it!)

See you tomorrow,

14 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the background and those pretty coral poppies are fab!

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  2. Great card Vicky, love the poppy stamp, gorgeous colour.
    Suzi B xx

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  3. Hi Vicky
    Love those poppies... And the background stamp.... Fabulous...
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

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  4. Wow! Love this Vicky! The grunge background and the sketchy stamp work perfectly together! Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos!

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  5. Its VERY beautiful Vicki!

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  6. GREAT colour combo and pretty card I reckon! xxx

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  7. Gorgeous card Vicky..like your masking ..I love this little stamp set..

    Anne

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  8. Love those poppies Vicky they look great against that grungy background:)
    Val x

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  9. What a great card, love the flowers and the cross-hatched background. A SUPER card Vicky.

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  10. Ooh, I love this one Vicky. Great colours and design. Xx

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  11. Gorgeous Vicky. I had to have that image. In fact it's on it's way here now. I often end up making a different card to the one I set out to make!

    Kat xx

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  12. Such a pretty card, Vicky! A card that insisted on being made just the way she wanted it to be! Happens to me all the time and I think people think I'm making it up. Glad to know we share this, too!!

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  13. This is really beautiful Vicky! I do love the gorgeous grunge set, but I think I shall wait til November for mine! ;)
    Lizy xx

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  14. Love those gorgeous poppies, Vicky! That background goes perfectly! Might have to add it to my wish list ;) Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos this week :)

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x