Friday, 17 March 2017

Merry Monday - #239 - colour challenge

The current challenge over at Merry Monday uses the most fabulous colour combination - copper or bronze, gold, and turquoise. And the DT cards are really gorgeous too - those colours work so well together! As I write this, I'm surprised more folk haven't entered as it's such a beautiful combination of colours - and one I'll be using again for sure.

This is the card I made, and it was almost impossible to photograph, sigh. I tried all ways with my camera and it was Len, using his camera, who ended up taking this photo for me:
The rich vibrancy of the 'peacock turquoise' is still more vivid in real life, but I think 'the boy done good' - considering my best efforts came out dark blue!

I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- piece of matching white card, into which I die cut the set of three baubles using a Memory Box 'Clairmont Ornaments' die - keeping the little die cut pieces to one side for later

- then I backed the aperture with double sided adhesive paper (medium strength) and set it to one side as well

- die cut the ornaments using a snippet of matt gold card and then popped the outline part of the die cut into the sticky aperture on the card front piece of card

- added in the relevant little pieces of white I'd saved

- die cut the inerr part of the holly leaves from a little snippet of copper matt mirri card and popped those in place

- then die cut the baubles themselves using turquoise glitter paper from the Xcut self-adhesive 'darks' glitter sheets - and popped those in place

- now I could see how much space I had to play with, so I die cut the word 'noel' from another little snippet of copper card, backed with Stick-it double sided adhesive sheet

- the die I used is actually the Poppy Stamps 'Noel Snowflake' stamp - but it's a piece of cake to just snip the (only partly cut to save card!) snowflake off of course

- stuck the sentiment in place onto what was to be the front panel of the card

- then I could position a Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangle' die as I wanted and die cut the panel

- added the panel to the card front, sandwiched with white fun foam to lift it. Gonna have to pull back on this idea else I could be headed for Large letter post costs at Christmas!

- finally added three sequins, one gold and two turquoise to finish off

The sequins came from packets of 'shaker card' fillings I bought at the end of last year - this is where I got them from - (Little Things by Lucy's Cards). Be careful if you go and look, the choice is just so tempting! Lucy is based in the UK but her overseas shipping costs are very reasonable. The packs I dipped into are called 'Caribbean Dream' and Rose Gold' - bet that's got you drooling!

One tip I think a few of you have mentioned in the past is that it's a good idea to run an inlaid (or otherwise) die cut completed (before any fancy embellishments like sequins of course!) image through your die cutting machine just to flatten everything evenly. It take those little bumps out of die cuts that you sometimes find (where the release holes are in the die), adheres everything beautifully and looks much more professional. For the life of me I can't think why I didn't do it before now!

Oh, and I was going to make a set of four identical cards - but when I was making the first one, even though it was 'semi-batch baking', I knew that making four was going to be too much - but I did make two the same!

I'd like to enter this card into the following current challenges:

Merry Monday #239 - 'Colour Challenge - copper or bronze, gold, and turquoise (of course!)

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #324 - 'Anything Goes' (I skipped the option of 'vintage')

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for March - 'Always Anything Goes'


34 comments:

scrappymo! said...

This is so beautiful! I LOVE the colour combo and the pretty sequins too.
Great tip about running thru the machine again!

Preeti D. (aka Preety) said...

Beautiful !! Love the color combination :)

Juls said...

Gorgeous!! Loving the sparkle xx

AlisonC said...

I agree it's a scrummy colour combination but no time! I did have an idea so must try and get it made. Your card is very elegant and sparkly. Len saves the day again. X

ellyscard creatief said...

Gorgeous colors , beautiful card.

Aquarius said...

Love that colour combination and thanks as always for the detailed 'how to'

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A stunning card Di, I love the gorgeous blue glitter of the baubles.

Sue xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Fabulous card, Di. Love the color combo.
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Sandra H said...

So pretty l love the colour and self-adhesive sparkle paper used Di for the baubles so talented you are have a lovely weekend x

Carole said...

Beautiful card Die and so well worth all your hard work.

Fiki said...

it's wonderful!
have a great day!

SARN said...

Love the look of this sparkly Christmas card Di. TOP TIP about the inlaid die cutting too! TFS.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

scrAPpamondo said...

It's really a fabulous colours combo and the sparkling turquoise adds other interest!! Amazing card and great way to use the die, love so much the inlaid diecuts!

Pat said...

This is a beautiful die and what a bright and pretty card you have made with it Di, and I simply adore that gorgeous turquoise glitter paper which certainly adds some pizzazz. x

Heidi Stamps said...

You knocked this color challenged out of the park! Really lovely Christmas card, I love the glitter!

Jeanne H said...

Just a lovely, lovely card!

Kath said...

A beautiful card, love the die and fabulous colours.
Kath x

Kathleen said...

Don't know what the heck is going on here tonight with Blogger, having a dreadful time trying to comment.

Love this card, as you say great colour combo and love the baubles and Len has certainly caught the colour here, I have a few cards that will be difficult to photo, so could you send him up with his camera to take mine, cards that is not photo's of me.

Kath x

Petra said...

Oh my!!!beautiful glitter and the combo with the gold, sooooo nice

Janice said...

A gorgeous card Di,mImlove the colour, glitter and sparkle!
Janice x

Craftychris said...

Absolutely blingtastic! Awesome colours! xxx

Susan Joyce said...

So elegant, a gorgeous Christmas card. I love all of your design elements Di, thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

La Papera Gialla said...

Lovely!
Thanks for joining us at CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for March!
Monica - DT

Colleen said...

Diane, I agree these are gorgeous colors together...you card is so very pretty,the ornaments really shine through and I wouldn't mind having that color hang on my tree! thank you for sharing this at Merry Monday!

Chantal said...

Great card, love the colors. Great die.
Hugs, Chantal S

Lia said...

You are right: this colourcombi is gorgeous. I would never have thought about it and I like your card very much!
Lia xx

Marcia HIll said...

Lovely, lovely card Diane! These colors really do work so well together don't they?! Glad you enjoyed playing along and thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!! :0)

Lynne in NI said...

Ooooh beautiful card Di, your sparkly baubles are absolutely gorgeous!

Bonnie said...

WOW! This may have been hard to photograph, but the beauty came through! LOVE IT!

Hazel said...

Love, love those baubles! Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Stunning card, Di - just love your sparkly turquoise baubles with the gold & copper holly! Great job with the MM color challenge!!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful card, Di. The turquoise baubles are stunning. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Loll said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Great card Di ... beautiful colour combo (I had fun playing with it too). Love the shimmer and sparkle from your glittery ornaments. Good job by Len to take the picture. xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Such gorgeous sparkly baubles! What a fantastic card.