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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Stamp with Us Colour Challenge

Anyone who knows me, knows I love challenges. I find that I come up with some of my best cards doing challenges. They get me thinking out of my creative comfort zone, which is a good thing. I have been enjoying doing the challenges over at Stamp with Us, a new blog, for all things Stampin' Up!. This weeks challenge is a colour challenge using this picture....




Hmmm isn't it just Delicious LOL

Anyway...I had such a blast doing this challenge...I ended up making two cards!!!

This was the first one




Using Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip card stock and inks with the fabulous Soft Summer stamp set. This is certainly becoming one of my favourite sets from the new Mini catalogue.

While making this card my mind was racing ahead thinking about other designs I could do (does that happen to you). So as soon as I had finished this card I made this one...





This time the colours are Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa. With this card, I had the idea to do some embossing on the card. The panel on the bottom of the card is Close to Cocoa card stock that has been stamped with the stamp from the Fresh Cuts set. First use versamark ink, then straight onto Chocolate Chip ink, then stamp onto the card. The versamark allows the chocolate chip ink to stay tacky long enough for you to sprinkle clear embossing powder over the stamped image. Heat the clear embossing powder to create a lovely shiny impression, that looks just like velvet. I also decided to have a go at making the topper look like a tile. It was really difficult to get a photo of this, but if you click on the photo to enlarge you may see it better. To achieve this I ran a (Very new and clean) versamark ink pad over the whole image making sure every bit of card was inked. Then sprinkled clear embossing powder over and heated. This made the whole piece of card shiny looking like a tile. I then trimmed it to the size I wanted (best to do this after you have done the embossing as it makes sure the edges get embossed), then layered onto the card to make the topper.

Thank you girls over at Stamp with Us, I loved doing this challenge...

11 comments:

Zoe said...

Carole they are both lovely. Wish I could come up with designs that quickly! Zoƫ T

stampin abi said...

wow Carole i really like these!

yvonne said...

Such stunning cards both of them, the stamp if fab too .. yet another to my list :(

Kim said...

two gorgeous cards, and using my fave set too"!

Sara said...

They're both gorgeous Carole though I have to admit that I love the gloss you get with embossing so I guess I favour that one just a teeny bit more. Sara xx

Jo said...

Beautiful Carole - you're really working that set to it's full potential. Love 'em!

Jo
x

Emma said...

Hi Carole,

Just to let you know I have an award for you over on my blog for blogs that make me smile. You are alway so lovely and geneours with your comments and have make the prettiest cards.

Kate Lewis said...

fab cards Carole! I've just done mine for the SWU challenge and really loved it - didn't think I would! Love the embossing on the second - great idea! K xxxx

Bekka said...

I love these - great cards Carole :-)

Cheryl Walker said...

Both are very very pretty!!! great job!! :) Hopefully I can do this challenge!!!:)

lil-paper-pixie said...

Wow Carole,

Just discovered your blog via Alex's, love your cards sooooooo much, especialy these choccie ones.......look good enough to eat.

Sarah