Sunday, October 24, 2010


Happy Sunday!  Time for another Stamptacular Sunday Challenge 81!  This week is all about colors!  We have a color combo challenge.  We are using orange, lime green, plum, ivory, and optional black!  I really love playing around with color.  A major factor in dealing with colors is color ratios.   Does one color dominate the whole card, or do all the colors get equal showing?  Which formula for color works on my card?   I decided to play around a bit with these colors and made three different looks.   The changes are fairly subtle, however, it was fun just to see how changing a few color things really changed the look and feel of the card.  For my cards I am using ODBD Serenity Prayer stamp.  I stamped it in versamark and embossed in black.  I heavily sponged the edges with marigold ranger distress ink mixed with some pumpkin pie.   This portion of the card remained the same on all three cards. 




This card uses an ivory base.  I opted for a bold striped and neutral colored patterned background dp that is sewn to a black and ivory panel.  I inked the ivory panel with plum pudding ink.  I added a pumpkin pie textured panel and two photo corner punch accents that were also textured.  I added a  butterfly that I softly sponged with green and plum inks to finish my card.  This card has very little green.  Aside from the actual flower on the button, the only other green is the sponging on the butterfly.


The card to the right, I kept the majority of the card base and background layer.  However, I did add plum pudding and chartreuse panels to the card base to add more of two colors from the color choices.  I layered the butterfly with chartreuse and plum pudding and added one 1/4" circle punch to the flower on the button in plum pudding. The green is still used the least with a bit more of the plum showing. 

For the top card,  I opted to use a whole black base.  I added the stitched panel, but instead of the bold black and ivory stripe bottom on the background layer, I added a green pattern that I used vertically to give the illusion of vertical stripes. I also moved the two plum pudding corner punch accents from opposite corners in the first two cards to sitting on the right side of the main focal panel.  I think with the addition of the layered butterfly the right side of the card needed more elements to give a sense of balance.  At least to me, anyway.  Also, I felt since the plum was the least dominant of the colors, keeping the plum elements closer together gave it more impact eventhough it is used less. 

While the key elements are pretty much the same, I really think these subtle changes give each card a different feel.   However, for these three cards, neutrals still received the biggest percentage of use on all three.  Funny, huh?  Also, the backgrounds were altered not the focal image.  What would the card look like if I changed just the pumpkin pie panel and kept the background the same?  This is why of all challenges, color combo challenges can be the most challenging and the most fun!  I could keep on changing color and little color aspects of the card.  Pretty cool when you really think about it.

My card is for a few more challenges!
Stamping In Time (SNTODBD20)!  Embossing Powders!
The Shabby Tea Room Week 32- Inspiration Picture!
Allsorts Week 75:  Spots and Stripes!
One Stitch at a Time:  All Celebrations!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! 


33 comments:

  1. Ohhhhhhh, love that really great color combo and the layered up butterfly. Gorgeous work as always, Betty!

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  2. I saw this ovr at the stmaptacular blog and OMG....I just LOVE it!!! It is just absolutley beautiful!!!

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  3. Gorgeous, Betty! I love how you used these colors!

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  4. Betty you have the most GORGEOUS Color combos..This is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  5. This card is beautiful, so much for joining us at OSAAT.
    xxx
    Sarah

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  6. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Betty! Love the DP and the nestie you used to frame that fabulous sentiment! Great colours and your signature bow is amazing as always :)

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  7. Such a stunning card. I love the colours that you have used.

    Thankyou for sharing with us at OSAAT for the celebrations challenge. Good Luck !

    Choccy x

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  8. Betty, this is so stunning girl!! I love it!! :) You are so very talented!!

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  9. I just love the three colors in the beautiful butterfly, and that plum is fab!! Love that black ribbon!! TFS!

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  10. Your card is STUNNING Betty! OMgoodness! It's my fav of the DT samples this week1 I LOVE how you've used the colours, I dont think any one stands out over the other, and yet the harmony of them is perfect! Wonderful creation!!
    Cheers Team-mate
    Cheri

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  11. Both of these are gorgeous..Love the color combo on both.

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  12. So elegant, so pretty, so fabulous!!!! Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us weekly in the Tea Room, Betty :)

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  13. WOW! Your cards are so amazing! Thanks for playing with Speedy's Friends!

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  14. Thanks for playing along with our theme at OSAAT
    Good luck

    Liz x

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  15. This is so gorgeous, Betty. I love the warm, rich colors and the prayer.

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  16. Beautiful as always lady!!!! :)

    xxx

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  17. Just gorgeous, Betty! Love the colors and your fabulous design!

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  18. Another stunner Betty! Gorgeous 3D butterfly!

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  19. Wow! Stunning, love the black bow and butterfly! thanks for joining us this week at the Shabby Tea Room!

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  20. Beautiful card Betty, very elegant and I love the sentiment. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT.

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  21. Hello Betty, so totally beautiful card, I love all of it. The colors blends in harmony, perfect setting for the Serenity prayer, which is very dear to my heart. Amazing work, sister DT.
    Hugs.
    Danielle.

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  22. Wow!!! This is stunningly beautiful!!!
    Thanks for joining us at Speedy's Friends.

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  23. What gorgeous framing of this awesome prayer.

    Thank you, Betty, for sharing this wonderful die cut design with the Friends of Speedy the Cat in this week's challenge!

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  24. Beautiful use of these colors! Great way to highlight this wonderful sentiment!

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  25. I love all 3 cards and the subtle changes you made on each to give a slightly different look. After reading your remarks I see why color challenges are a bit tough-thanks for your insights, gf

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  26. WOW your card is stunning! Love the sentiment, and you backed it up with awesome colours, DSP and that Ribbon is gorgeous. Thanks for playing with Stamping Royalty this week.
    Gardenia

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  27. How beautiful and fun this post is, Betty! I LOVE seeing your three different takes on this color challenge. What a very cool thing to try and show us. And so, so beautiful, too. I always love your cards! :)

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  28. Very lovely card. Love the bitterflies. Thanks for playing at OSAAT. Hugs, Nataliya

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  29. Oh! It's Gorgeous. LOve your colours. Thank you sooooo much for joining us at OSAAT.
    Chrissyxx

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  30. Betty, what a stunningly gorgeous card! I love your take on the the colour scheme - everything blends so perfectly on your creation! Beautiful!

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  31. Your cards are so elegant with beautiful colour combos!
    Thanks for joining in with our “All Celebrations” challenge at OSAAT.

    Crafty Creations by AJ
    Amanda

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  32. Fabby job with the BIG sentiment, and I love the black ribbon, just glorious!

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  33. Hi Bettie....such a gorgeous card...great big sentiment...beautiful black ribbon....thanks for joining OSAAT
    xxx Margreet

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