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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

In honor of Virginia Tech

Today's SCS color challenge was to use Pumpkin Pie & Bravo Burgundy, with Always Artichoke an optional color. I pulled out the paper and said "YUCK"!! What ugly colors to try and use together on a card!! I also decided right away that I was definitely adding the artichoke. But since the colors were chosen for a good reason - in honor of the Virginia Tech tragedy - I decided to forge ahead and try to make them work. (Sorry JenA - I'm sure they are lovely on football jerseys and college sweatshirts, but I don't think I'll use them again on a card!) But actually, in the end - I hope I don't sound too full of myself if I say - this card is gorgeous!! I *really* love how it turned out!! And here's why: I tried a super cool but totally easy technique I learned on Leslie Miller's AWESOME blog (you may notice, she's moved to my idols list!)!! :-) I used TP (yes, that's right, toilet paper!) to dab color onto the cardstock! The result is so rich and amazing looking. Why can't I ever come up with these ideas myself?? At any rate - I highly recommend you try this out immediately! You need to see it IRL, the photo isn't even doing it justice. For the image, I used the sand dollar from the retired Stipple Shells set, coloring it with watercolor crayons and then spritzing before stamping (actually, I just used my aquapainter because it was handy). I dabbed on a little burgundy with the TP here too. The orange piece has Pumpkin Pie & Bravo Burgundy "TP'ed" on, and also French Script in Always Artichoke. The sentiment is from the retired hostess set Small Script, stamped in black. And I added a few artichoke brads as well. Lesley, if you happen to be reading - as I'm sure you can tell, this card was totally inspired by the card I sent with you for your little French stamp party! :-) I've been using retired sets a lot lately - I've been trying to decide if I can part with any of my massive collection of retirees - turns out the answer is no, I cannot. :-) But I'll try to use some current stamps next time!

ETA: The other part of this color challenge was to actually send the card to the family of one of the victims of the VT tragedy. When I first made this card & posted it, in my sleep-deprived state, I didn't really think this would make a good sympathy card. But, thinking about it more the next day, I decided it would - so I actually am making a second copy of the card, stamping "with sympathy" rather than "wish", and mailing it off. It was hard enough to hear about this on the news, I can't imagine actually being touched by this horrible event.

A side note - my stamp room is such a disaster right now, I can't even find basic things like dimensionals!! In the past that would make me avoid going in there, but I'm trying not to care - I'm just shoving everything to the side of my desk and working on my half a grid sheet not buried...! But I need to set my goal for the next few days - CLEAN MY STAMP ROOM!! So I may not be stamping for a bit, need to focus on cleaning. :-) Maybe I'll have to share some before and after photos...! (although I suppose the "befores" would be super embarrassing!)

Ok, time to stop rambling and hit the hay. Thanks for looking!


  1. Hi, Libby! I'm so glad you tried out this technique and enjoyed it! Your card turned out beautiful. I love your watercolored shells. I'm glad I'm not the only one who uses retired sets!

  2. Perfect card for this challenge!

  3. I have been thinking all the last week how I couldn't imagine maroon and burnt orange together, but you pulled it off very nicely! Pretty card.


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