but it's not Halloween. Happy weekend, my friends. Goodness, it's been awhile since I've posted. I guess I just haven't created anything. Sometimes I pull out things to play with, maybe try some new techniques or use a new die, but never complete a project, because there is just no cohesion. Does that happen to you? And other times I can sit down and make several cards with no problem at all.
I was doing some blog surfing and saw a card using Tim Holtz' gridlock embossing folder with the grid lines to the front rather than the square bumps and really liked the look. I don't know why I thought it should be the other way. So that was the beginning of my card, which I made for the Inspiration Emporium October monthly challenge. It's a color challenge - hence my title. Now I know these colors are often associated with Halloween, but I have no desire to make a card for that, so mine has a big flower instead.
I embossed a piece of ivory in the gridlock folder and then sponged it with pumpkin pie, spiced marmalade and dusty concord inks, with some black soot along the edges. I adhered that to a black card base.
I stamped classic bloom (Hero Arts) three times on some orange designer paper with tuxedo black memento ink and colored them with copic markers. I was not going to completely cover the design on the paper, but decided I liked the darker orange. I cut them out, cutting in between many of the petals, so I could add some dimension to the flower. The edges were all sponged with black soot distress ink. Then I crumbled the flowers and gently opened them back up, gluing them so the petals were offset on each layer.
For the center of the flower, I used a Martha Stewart bachelor button punch, punching six layers from some black cardstock. After crumbling them and straightening them out a bit, I attached them all to the flower with a black brad. Then I fluffed the centers so there is a lot of dimension. I really like how that turned out. I should have taken a picture from the side, so you could see how much dimension there is, but my camera battery died. But trust me when I say the flower is about 1/2" high.
The purple flourish is a Sizzix die (decorative accent w/ flower) and the sentiment is from vintage labels (SU).
I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. I hope your weekend is wonderful.