Sunday, January 9, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge 63

It's taken me a while to decide what to make for the current challenge over at the Play Date Cafe.  It's a colour challenge to use Grass Green, Silver and Gold!  Whilst I think those three colours really go well together, I am not a Gold or Silver person, those are not two of my "go to" colours!  In my mind I visualised the new "Delicate Leaf Clusters" from Hero Arts and also a Hero Art butterfly from their "Antique Engravings" set.  Now the hard part, where is the silver and gold going to go?!!


Paper: Neenah Solar White, Rustic White (PTI)
Ink: Forest Moss, Peeled Paint & Shabby Shutters Distress inks, Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
Stamps: Hero Arts, PTI (Mat Stack 1 Collection)
Other: Gold and Silver Embossing Powder, Dimensional Dots, Pearlized water spray, PTI Die

I first created the background by stamping just about all the different leaf patterns from the Hero Arts set in various green distress inks.  I then distressed the entire surface with just the Forest Moss distress ink, leaving it lighter towards the centre.  Finally I flicked some pearlized water over the entire panel, those little water spots now look silver!

The sentiment panel was stamped in versamark onto the Mat Stack Die cut from PTI and then embossed in gold and the sentiment simply stamped in black.  The butterfly is embossed in silver and left as is.  I had actually wanted to water colour it after embossing it, but then because I had used so much green in the background I decided to leave it plain.

I like how it turned out, it makes for a more "mature" card.  Thank you for popping by and leave me some thoughts if you have the time!

17 comments:

Fiona said...

Great use of the colours Brenda :) I think it was a good choice to leave the buttefly un-coloured.

Tracey said...

That background is AMAZING!!! Looks BETTER then really expensive bought Patterned paper!!!!

Rosemary said...

you handled the challenge very well, brenda! you have created a beautiful card!

Dawn said...

Love the green background Brenda.... it is amazing and leaving the butterfly plain was inspirational.

Barb said...

Your background turned out really beautiful, Brenda and I love the contrast with the butterfly!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous collage of stamps!!! Your distressing is wonderful! Love the added water spots!

walchowDesign said...

You've created a beautiful card, Brenda! Love all the different tones of greens on the leaves!

Jaclyn Miller said...

This card was made with love! I bet that took some time to make that background - but well worth the beauty of it. I just love this card. You used the colors perfectly. Glad to have your entry in the PDCC this week.

Ruby said...

A lovely card, and what a beautiful background!! I'd love to be able to do that kind of thing, it's GORGEOUS! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

Colleen Dietrich said...

This is a divine piece! I love what you did with the color challenge this week. Thanks so much for playing with us this week at the Cafe. :)

Andrea Ewen said...

Gorgeous! Love that background paper and the lovely butterfly! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

Michele Gross said...

Great job with the colors! LOVE that silver butterfly!

Jacqueline said...

Very pretty card Brenda, love the green!

Debgem said...

This so peaceful - love the white and silver butterfly!!

Libby Hickson said...

Simply beautiful, Brenda! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe! :-)

Stella said...

What a beauty! Looks like wa winner to me!!! :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MY! This is just GORGEOUS! LOVE that butterfly! Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us at the PDCC:}