Hello and welcome to some mid week crafty goodness and your next stop on the Colour INKspiration Challenge blog hop. I feel very privileged to be joining the design team this round as a guest designer. Colour INKspiration is a fortnightly challenge, run by a talented group of Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. They always have the most interesting challenges and the design team comes up with fabulous projects which provide so much inspiration. They also invite anyone to play along and share their creation, and there is a public vote for the challenge winner. I was lucky enough to be picked as a co-winner of challenge # 65 (you can see my project here), so here I am guesting it up this week with the team. Check out their facebook page here, if you aren’t already a member.
For challenge number 67 the colour scheme and inspiration is this:
Not going to lie, I found this one HARD. It’s a collection of colours that you wouldn’t immediately think of to use together, although they do work very well. And while I love me some blues and have recently had a bit of a ‘thing’ for Merry Merlot, Pear Pizazz is a little too reminiscent of bad school uniform green to be on my list of faves. In fact, I don’t even have Pear Pizazz ink! (FYI when playing along with the challenges if you don’t have one of the challenge colours you can substitute something close in colour – Old Olive would work well in this case.)
After a few failed ideas that I abandoned half way through (the creative process, people!) I landed on this design for an end of year teacher thank you card, which I’m working on creating a stockpile of for the upcoming end of term.
My card uses a base of Thick Whisper White cardstock and a half panel of Pear Pizazz Designer Series Paper from the Subtles (these papers are so versatile and great to have on hand for colour challenges!). At my kids’ school the year groups are split into ‘Green’ and ‘Gold’ classes, so I was thinking how I could use the green for that class teacher, and I can swap it for a yellow paper for the Gold teacher. The script pattern of the DSP is just perfect for the theme.
I then used two narrow strips of cardstock in Balmy Blue and Pacific Point to peak out from the Pear Pizazz panel (for a really custom touch you could use the school colours to do this part, if you were recreating this card).
For the central panel I was trying to create something like a blackboard – yes, I know, it’s been a loooong time since there were blackboards in classrooms, but it still just screams “school”. I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to make a frame and backing piece (which you can’t actually see) out of Crumb Cake cardstock, then a piece of Basic Black cardstock to inlay perfectly in the frame. Before white heat embossing the sentiment I very generously spread my Embossing Buddy across the surface so there was lots of white powder. Usually I would be more light handed on black cardstock and clean it up afterwards, but in this case I thought the white powder looked like chalk residue so helped make the panel look even more like a blackboard.
The sentiment is from the retired set Picked For You – this stamp set had too short a life, in my opinion, but is a keeper for me. The “thanks for all that you do” sentiment is such a useful one in general, but particularly appropriate for those heros we call teachers. They really do do so much, and I am very grateful to my kids’ wonderful teachers.
For the finishing touches I added a few Stitched Stars in Merry Merlot glimmer paper – the perfect sparkly accent and the last of the challenge colours – and some green twine. I love this card design and have already made a few in different papers and colours, and I think I’ll be making a couple more in the next few weeks.
Next up is my very creative Stampin’ buddy Rose Packer. Click on through to see how she has used these challenge colours, and keep on hopping right through the whole design team. I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with using this interesting colour combination. This would be a great challenge to get involved in as well, so check out the group’s Facebook page for details on how to do that.
Thanks for stopping by,