Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Real Black Olives...

What??? Real Black Olives is the Color Challenge on SCS today. Here's my card...

Adam had a birthday party to attend. I needed a quick card that was appropriate for a six year old. I knew I wanted to use an image from Stampin' Up!'s retired "Toy Box" set. This was one of the first sets I bought and a favorite go to for kids' cards. Mostly boy's cards. Go choose a set for boys. You'd think I had boys....hmmm. Anyway, I checked out SCS' Color Challenge. Today's colors are Real Red, Basic Black and Old Olive . I immediately knew it was a perfect combo for the dino image. Here's a close up...

The dino was colored using Old Olive classic ink and a blender pen. I love the washed out color the blender pen gives vs. using just the marker. I make a 'puddle' of ink on the ink pad lid by pressing the lid into the pad (while closed, of course). I then picked up the ink with the blender pen. I used the tip of the blender pen to make dots on the dino to create a 'scaled' effect. I like to create depth to the image by adding a light color wash around the outside of the image. Here, I used Going Grey and a blender pen.
The card was a hit at the party. Everyone loves dinos! What I think is special is knowing that this card will end up in a scrapbook for this young man. I love it when the time spent doesn't go un-noticed. Little do they know that this card uses all scraps and took no time at all...shhhh! It's our secret!
I hope you'll give the color challenges a try. They just might spark your creativity. Thanks for stopping by.
Supplies (all SU!)
Stamps: Toy Box, All Holidays
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Old Olive, Basic Black marker, Barely Banana marker, Going Grey, Real Red
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Old Olive
Accessories: Real Red brads, Red/White gingham ribbon snips, scallop edge punch, stamp-a-ma-jig, 1/16" circle punch

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