Monday, May 21, 2012

Two-Tone Wonderful

I'm really loving the challenge that the Dynamic Duos Challenge presents. I tend to use lots and lots of bright colors, and I definitely have my favorite combinations. So this type of challenge that has me use colors out of my comfort zone are great for getting my creative juices flowing :)

I combined this challenge with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge ~ a love sketch by Margaret Moody. With only two colors to play with (other than neutrals) - Daffodil Delight and Basic Black - I had a bit of a tough time coming up with all the layers. The 'Sweet Dessert Option' that the Dynamic Duos offered us was dry embossing. So that was my solution :) I use one of my Edgelit Embossing Folders to emboss the #3 layer.

Tips & Tricks:

*I absolutely love the Seam Binding Ribbon for this ribbon shirring (folding of the ribbon in waves). It fold so easily and stays folded. Use some Sticky Strip to make sure it stays stuck on the card.
*Isn't Gently Falling a lovely stamp set? Well, good news!!! It has made it into the 2012-2013 Catalogue :)
*Although two-step stampin' can sometimes be a bit frustrating if you want your images lined up perfectly, Gently Falling makes it easy. Even if the outline stamp isn't perfectly lined up with the solid stamp, your image will still look great!

*Doesn't the dry embossing look great? Love had it adds that bit of texture to my card.
*I know the 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon isn't part of the sketch, but the leaf needed just a wee extra detail. I really like how the narrow ribbon adds a very subtle extra touch.

I really like how this card turned out, even though I've never used this color combination before. But I do know I will use this combo again :) 'Til next time, keep letting stamps bring out your creativity!


Mynnette said...

Such a gorgeous leaf! LOVE the use of the sketch--and that ribbon is beautiful! :)

Bronwyn Eastley said...

That leaf stamp is gorgeous and I love the ruffled ribbon and embossing to add a little extra texture. Thanks for playing along with the colour challenge at Dynamic Duos.

Anne Marie Hile said...

Monica, that leaf just pops off the dark background! So pretty! I love the ruffled ribbon, too. So glad you joined us at Dynamic Duos this week! :)

Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin said...

This one is awesome Monica! Love the embossing on the top - awesome idea for the 'level 3' from the sketch.

Melissa said...

This is so pretty and I love the embossing folder you chose to use for this...perfect! That ruffled ribbon is beautiful too! Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos this week! :)

Lesley said...

Great use of that leaf stamp and the layout is awesome. Thanks for joining us at Dynamic Duos this week!

Kim S said...

Such a great use of the color combo!! The leaf is so brilliant on the black background and I love your ribbons! So glad to see you at Dynamic Duos!

Linda Callahan said...

So very pretty! Great colors and the ruffled ribbon is lovely! Your leaf is a beautiful focal point! so glad you joined us at PPA!

Monica Hornof said...

Thanks everyone - I really like how the colors turned out too ;)