Wow! This challenge was a doozy!!! This week it was a color challenge. The colors are: Mellow Moss, Really Rust, Sahara Sand, Blue Bayou and Regal Rose. I know what you're thinking.....Whoa! That's a lot of color....that don't necessarily look all that great together!!!
I knew I had to watercolor this one......I knew I needed a stamp with a lot of detail to handle that much color.....I grabbed "Summer By the Sea". This stamp set is still available for purchase. It's been on the dormant list for the past two catalogs. It hasn't been listed on the dormant list for the new catty so it should be in the Fall & Winter 2008 Idea Book and Catalog. Yeah!!! It's an oldie but goodie!!!
Now, let's get to the card. Since there is so much going on in the focal image, I wanted to keep the Mellow Moss base card on the plain side. I added a strip of Sahara Sand wheeled with the Rough Texture jumbo wheel to add some texture. I used the direct-to-paper technique to apply more Sahara Sand ink to the edges of the strip.
The focal image is where I placed all my required colors. The Really Rust was the toughest one for me. It's too orange for a hair color. So, I decided to use that color on a beach blanket. I did add some colors for the hair (combinations of So Saffron and Close to Cocoa).
I also added some Basic Black to ground the card. It needed something to pull it all together. A neutral like Basic Black does just that!!!
The sentiments are from two different stamp sets. The "Wishing You Happiness" comes from Summer by the Sea. The "today and always" comes from the brand new "Heard from the Heart" stamp set premiering in the Fall & Winter catty. Actually, the sentiment says "Wishing you happiness today and always". I just inked up the part I needed with a Basic Black marker.
I finished up the card with some Blue Bayou double-stitched grosgrain (now SOLD OUT.....boo hoo!!!) and some dot work with my Basic Black marker.
Whew! How dare the powers-that-be put a strain on my stamping brain like that when I just get back from vacation???? LOL!!! I still have to catch up on the two challenges that I missed while on vacation. That will have to wait until all my Convention swaps are done.
Happy Stamping everyone!!!