Color Throwdown 173

Sunday, January 8, 2012

One of my goals for this new year of 2012 is to participate in at least one card challenge each week.  For the first week of January, I chose The Color Throwdown #173.  The challenge colors for this week were:

I'm getting better at putting together black and white cards, but throw in that 'red' and I'm 'color challenged' to a big degree!  To make it easy on myself I used the sketch at Card Patterns (#147) so all I had to do was figure out how to make something with these colors.
Here is what I came up with.  As I look at it, I wish I would have done some things differently, but it's done.  And since I have a friend with a birthday this week to whom I will be sending it, I won't have to look at it for long! LOL

The card base is a digital DP from the City Slickers kit at Everyday Mom Ideas.  I inked the edges of it with SU! Basic Black using first a nylon stocking, and then a sponge.  I stamped the swirly from the SU! Friendship Blooms set in SU! Real Red right on the DP.  The flower trio is from the same stamp set.  I stamped it in Basic Black right on the white CS, then colored with Real Red from the Stampin' Pastels.  I didn't like how flat or dull that was, so I stamped the flowers again on a scrap, colored them with Real Red ink, then cut them out and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the SU! It's Your Birthday set, stamped in Basic Black.  The corners of the white are punched with a Fiskars corner punch.  I used the SU! 1/4" circle to punch the holes where I threaded the red sheer ribbon (which I found in my stash drawer).  Then I decided the white was too stark so before I glued everything down, I removed the ribbon and used the nylon stocking to rub some Real Red ink onto the edges of the white, and my sponge to ink the very edges with Basic Black.  You can't see these in the photo very well, since it was after dark when I finished and this had to be taken with the flash.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my first posted card of 2012.  Hope we'll be seeing lots more of each other this year than we did last year! =)


Color Throwdown #173
Card Patterns Sketch 147



  1. Way to go, Elizabeth! Good for you for setting a challenge for yourself! That just means we get to peek at more of your lovely cards! :) Blessings to you, friend! x0x0

  2. Hello Elizabeth ,
    Happy New Year .

    Love the BG paper and that you stamped flourish straight on it .Red ribbon is nice touch and i like the punche corners of sentiment piece .
    hugs Shirley-anne

  3. This is sweet, the little flowers popped up are a great touch. Thanks for playing in the Color Throwdown challenge this week!

  4. Love this card! You did a fabulous job with the colors with a perfect touch of red to really pop the flowers and accent the card. And love the sketch, too. Thanks for sharing the sketch site.


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