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Monday, 24 August 2009

Crafty Cardmakers 2nd Challenge

It's Challenge time again at Crafty Cardmakers and this is the second DT card I have made. This week we have a colour wheel challenge. There is a great tutorial on there which Vix has done which gives some background on different colour schemes and we were asked to make a card using colours at the opposite end of the colour wheel.

I chose purple and yellow which are individually 2 of my favourite colours, but I have to admit I would have NEVER mixed them together in this way. This is why it's called a challenge ain't it?

First things first I decided to use a sketch for the layout from Di Hickman. This is the 2nd July sketch. She does 1 a week and they were the 1st sketches I was ever introduced to and thus the addiction began...... Di uses lots of bright papers like HOTP and DCWV and I love her style. She is definitely one of my biggest cardmaking heroes.

The base card is an A4 sheet of card folded over. The yellow dotty paper is HOTP from a Citrus pad from QVC. The rest of the papers are handmade textured ones, you know the ones you buy because you think they are a good idea at the time but actually you haven't really used them???? Go on, admit it, you've got them in your stash haven't you?

Anyone who knows me, knows I love butterflies and I have them everywhere, even tattooed on my shoulder! Sizzix brought out a range of Sizzlit 'Build a Butterfly' dies and I had to have both designs, but you know I have never used them before now. I knews I wanted to use them for this design as I felt the layering of the colours would work perfectly. Afterall, when you see butterflies they are every colour of the rainbow and they work perfectly together don't they?

Using the different dies in the pack I cut out the pieces from the relevant papers and ran them through my Xyron sticker maker. I love those for intricate die cuts as otherwise it would have been very difficult to glue them together. I raised the upper wings on 3D foam for dimension. The flowers are Primas, the gems are from Poundland and the sentiment is a rub on from a Let's Make Cards pack. The Cadbury's purple ribbon was from a grab bag from Ebay some time ago, I just love the richness of the colour.

As a keen participant at 365 Challenges I have entered this into an older challenge for Day 26 which was to use your least favourite colours on a card. Definitely not my least favourite colours but not a colour scheme I would have used and can't see me using it again. Mind you, it reminds me of a pansy so it definitely works as a colourscheme...... maybe I should go for more subtle hues..... but maybe I won't, subtle? that just wouldn't be me LOL

It would be lovely to see your creations if you participate in this challenge at Crafty Cardmakers. I have enjoyed seeing the cards for the 1st challenge and it was fabulous to see so many people join in especially the newbies to blogs and card challenges. I hope you come back and join in the fun :)

5 comments:

Rose said...

Very pretty Mandy! These colors work very well together!

Juls said...

gorgeous! love the butterfly!

Wishcraft said...

Love your layout & your fab butterfly! Lisa x

Lilian said...

Gorgeous card and love your butterfly! It's a gorgeous color combo and love the layout & textures of your card.

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Jack said...

Great colours and I just love butterflies. xx