Nov 19 2008

DCBD102 – Color Challenge

Wow…it’s Wednesday and time for the Diva’s Coffee Break Designers to show off their challenge!  This week’s challenge was to create with color…Cameo Coral, Bravo Burgundy, Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke and So Saffron.  Wow…5 colors!  That is a lot for me!  I made one, but wasn’t entirely happy with it, so I created another example.  Today you get 2 for 1!

The first one I used A Happy Heart in the Holiday mini (I bet you didn’t even really look at that set since Valentine’s Day is so far away!)  I fell in love with the little heart Tic Tac Toe board…too cute!  I started with the background.  I wanted something that would blend the colors of So Saffron, Cameo Coral and Bravo Burgundy together and  I don’t have any Stampin’ Up! designer papers with those colors.  So, I took a piece of Watercolor paper and stamped the large heart from the set randomly all over in those three colors.  Then I spritzed my water spritzer all over to make the colors bleed together.  I like the random look it gave me.  I let it dry and mounted it on Always Artichoke.  Then I took the background So Saffron layer and my scoring blade and made checkerboard scoring lines all across the background (unfortunately most of it is covered up!)  I used my markers in So Saffron, Cameo Coral and Bravo Burgundy to ink up the Tic Tac Toe board on Very Vanilla and layered it on Always Artichoke.  I took a strip of Close to Cocoa designer paper from the Frosty Day package and added three Saffron brads on the left side.  Finally I stamped I "heart" U with markers Always Artichoke and Bravo Burgundy and stamped on Cameo Coral and punched it with the large oval punch.

So…ok…I like it…I don’t LOVE it…but I do like it.

I decided to go ahead and make up another sample.  This one I went with a floral stamp set, Bloomin’ Beautiful.  I loved this set when it was in the Mini, but I’ve hardly used it since then!  When I inked it up, I was reminded how much I did like it!

I used my markers to ink up the pot of flowers with Cameo Coral, Always Artichoke and Close to Cocoa with small touches of Bravo Burgundy.  Then I used my Aqua Painter to bleed the colors together on Very Vanilla.  I like the softness of this technique.   It is hard to see, but I added a layer of acetate over top of the image with the word Bloom stamped with Black Stazon and secured with Always Artichoke mini brads.  On the So Saffron layer, I stamped the definition of Blossom and added the letter B from Defining Alphabet over top in So Saffron…sort of a shadow image.  Last, I used the Alpine stripe ribbon that is in the mini catalog along the left side.  I thought the colors in it were close enough to match.

So…those are my two color challenge cards for the DCBD 102 Color Challenge!  Which one do you like best?

 Here are the others to check out this week!






Vivian Swain
Chris Austin

Dannie Graves 
Dee Tollaksen 
Heidi Michel
Julie Semones 
Kristen Moore
Selene Kempton



9 People have left comments on this post

Nov 19, 2008 - 07:11:17
Heidi Michel said:

I think the 1st one is very different and I love the background, but I do like the 2nd one better. I too had a difficult time with this and I promise not to put so many colors together next time. 🙂


Nov 19, 2008 - 08:11:57

Connie, you did great, not one but TWO! Way to go. My favorite is the top one. That watercolor technique you did is really neat- makes me think of a citrus fruit salad for some reason (and making me want to run to the fridge!). You are making me love that tic tac toe board as well!

Nov 19, 2008 - 09:11:21

I am amazed at how unique the two versions are! Well done, and I prefer the second. That set is just the best!

Nov 19, 2008 - 10:11:10

Wow, two card with this color challenge! It’s difficult for me to pick which one I like best. I love the background on the first card and I love the coloring on the second card. They’re both great!

Nov 19, 2008 - 11:11:23

Connie – I like them both, very different, but I think I LOVE the first one the best.


Nov 19, 2008 - 11:11:30
Chris said:

Georgous cards. I was wondering this morning about making more than one card with the challenge. Now that I seen you have I may try it sometime soon. I actually love both cards because of how different they are.

Nov 19, 2008 - 03:11:26

Can’t choose! I really like them both! Awesome Job as usual! 🙂

Nov 19, 2008 - 03:11:34
Vivan Swain said:

Very nice cards and so different.

Vivian Swain

Nov 20, 2008 - 09:11:37
Marian Balsamo said:

I love both of the cards you made, but if I had to choose it would be the first one– Love the effect of the bleeding colors.