Monday, August 20, 2012

Second Card for Challenge

Here is my next card.  As mentioned, I am going to enter this in the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge and the Platy Date Cafe Challenge.

It fits the "Splish Splash" theme of CAS-ual Fridays.

And it is based on the color scheme of the Play Date Cafe.

Let me explain the genesis of this card.  I wanted to enter the Play Date Cafe challenge.  But when I went to see the new challenge, I thought, Ugh, not my favorite color scheme by any means.  I do think I have some cardstock in that color, though.

Looking at the necklace shown in the middle example on the left, something about its texture and colors made me think of seashells. And the blue-grey "slate" color also made me think of the sea.  I thought, I could use those seashell stamps I got recently, I haven't used them yet.

And then I thought, Distress Stickles when dry look like sand -- beach sand.  And I think I have Distress Stickles in those colors!

So I rooted around to see if I in fact did, and I did.  And so then I could see how it would come together.

It's rather subtle, more subtle when it's all together than the components looked separately.  The trumpet shell and the cockle shell are "burnt sienna" and the starfish is "mustard." And the card base of course is "slate."

And the Stickles really do look like sand.  You have to let Distress Stickles dry completely -- a day or two, to really see the mica particles stand out.

For the record, the Distress Stickles colors I used are Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade. And the ink colors on the shells are Inkadinkado pigment inks Ochre and Terra Cotta. I heat-embossed the sentiment in white.  I put two of the shells on pop-dots and glued one flat for contrast.  The inside of the trumpet shell looked very white, so I colored it in with a slate colored pencil, to take the starkness of the white away and complement the card base.

I'm pleased with how it turned out. It is just a happy coincidence that I can also use it for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge as well.

Well, enjoy, and thanks for stopping by my blog. :)


♥Jan♥ said...

I just happened to see your gorgeous card linked up at PDCafe - and wow. You have some real talent ! This is really your second challenge ? Come and play with us at Papercraft Star ( one of these days - we would love to have you !

~amy~ said...

excellent the beach theme! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

Connie Mercer said...

so sweet~love the beach and sea shells!!! Thanks for playing with us at the PDCC!!!

Kimberly said...

Kirsten - I love what you've done with these colors. The Stickles are perfect sand! Thank you so much for playing along with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Veronica Z said...

I LOVE this card! Your design is amazing. And I am loving the way you used the colors this week! Thank you for playing along with The Play Date Cafe!

Christina said...

I wish the sand on all beaches was so pretty! What a great idea to use the Distress Stickles, and you did a wonderful job with these colors. Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card! I love the sand and shells. Great colour combo. Thanks for playing along with us @ CAS-ual Fridays:)

Loli said...

Hola Kirsten, speak you spanish????.
Thank you for your commet:D is nice to see you.
All yours cards are beautiful Kirsten, the first one is gorgeous i love the design and the colours, fantastic!, well done.
A hug from Palma de Mallorca

Bernardine Cuttino said...

Fabulous beach theme, beautiful colors. Cherry Lyn is a die, very thin and intricate. Joan's Garden sells them. Thanks for your visit and sweet luv. Hugs