Thursday, January 15, 2009

a double challenge

Happy day to you. It's been really, really cold today. I think the temp crawled from -8 to +2 here. And I'm not even gonna talk about the wind chill. Most of the area schools were closed because it was too dangerous for the kids to be out. Since I didn't have to go out into the frigid cold for any reason, I decided to do today's ways to use it challenge, which was to use an on-line color combo site. I used the site Julia gave and found a color combo called royal oak that used a couple of colors that I rarely use, so I went with that - so saffron, handsome hunter, bravo burgundy, really rust and vanilla. Since there were a lot of colors to work with, I decided to also use this week's sketch challenge. And I had a new stamp set called Flores Suaves to play with. This set is from the SU Spanish Catalog supplement. I don't know what that says or even how to pronounce it. My Spanish is limited to about 20 words. But when I first saw this set used on Beate's blog, I knew I wanted it... uhmmm... note the butterfly.

I stamped the flower two times on vanilla with black stazon ink and colored it with colored pencils and gamsol. The edges were sponged with rust and burgundy ink and then layered on hunter. I stamped the rust panels with the small Spanish script stamp in hunter ink and sponged the edges with burgundy. I layered these on burgundy and then pulled out my neglected crop-a-dile and some eyelets. The card base is so saffron, sponged on the edges with burgundy. I stamped the butterflies on saffron and then sponged the centers with burgundy and the edges of the wings with really rust. The wings are popped up for some dimension.

stamps: flores suaves
ink: jet black stazon, bravo burgundy, really rust, handsome hunter
paper: so saffron, handsome hunter, bravo burgundy, really rust, very vanilla
other: koh-i-noor colored pencils, gamsol, sponge, crop-a-dile, eyelets, foam tape

Thanks so much for stopping to visit. Be blessed.


Keri Lee Sereika said...

WHOA this is gorgeous!!!

Starla said...

WHOA is RIGHT!! This is just stunning Melody!

bensarmom said...

These are such beautiful colors together. Love your butterflies too.