Thursday, February 25, 2010

CCEE Color Challenge

It's a color challenge this week for the CCEE Stampers.  I challenged them to make a card using Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, and Black. 

I love playing with different techniques whenever I can.  For the flowers on my card, I used the polished stone technique* in Ruby Red and Creamy Caramel on glossy cardstock, stamped Aida Cloth background over that and then stamped my flowers using Brilliance Black Graphite (great for stamping on glossy cardstock), cut them out, and sponged the edges with Ruby Red for greater contrast.

Here's a close up of the flowers so you can see (or so I hope) the polished stone and Aida Cloth a little better:

What?  Not close enough?  Okay.....how about this: 

I used one of the boho blossoms punched flowers and the small circles from the double circle punch to create my flower centers.  I gently lifted the edges of the flowers for a little dimension---not too much so that it will fit easily in an envelope.

That pretty border punch is an EK Success one that I stamped on all four sides.  The top two corners didn't turn out so great where the corners met, so I made photocorners to cover those "oopsies."

*to do the polished stone technique, apply rubbing alcohol to a good quality cottonball (trust me, I've tried the cheaper ones and they are awful for this technique) and then a few drops of your reinker(s) of choice.  Dab the cottonball all over the glossy cardstock, changing your cottonball for each new color.  Let dry (usually less than a minute) before you stamp your image.

I hope you'll visit our CCEE blog and see the cards my friends made and think about playing along with us!
Thanks for swinging by today!  Work has been pretty crazy for me, and I've started a new exercise class to see if I can lose some of my m&m stomach, so I've been on the go alot, BUT I WILL get to your blog; I promise!  I know how much I appreciate your visits and comments, so I want to be sure to reciprocate.


StampOwl said...

pretty card Charlene

Cheryl said...

STUNNING Charlene!! Gorgeous colors, flowers and I love that framed-border....way pretty!

Cindy Haffner said...

Charlene this is GORGEOUS!!

Francie G. said...

This is absolutely GORGEOUS, Charlene. Your coloring is fabulous!

Sabrina said...

Ack, I am not good at colour challenges, but I'll do my best.
I do love your flowers, the polished stone effect gives a texture that reminds me of my favourite rose, and some other flower I've seen in a catalogue.
I'd never have known the photo corners weren't part of the original design :D.

Julia Aston said...

Love your flowers Charlene and the great polished stone technique you used on them - a beautiful card GF!!!

Joanne (jojot) said...

first of all.....what a GORGEOUS card....so rich and dramatic....and those flowers...wowza...techniques and all

HOWEVAH....your clever use of that border punch witht he corner triangles is pure genius...what an awesome way to use any border punch as a frame....I am in awe and will definitely be following your lead on that technique....

kudos, my friend, for being such a dang clevah stampah

Pat (mspfd) said...

Oh my, this is a beauty! The colors look fantastic together!

Anonymous said...

Charlene, I love your beautiful card. Those blooms are just magnificent. A great color combo, too.

Helen Dooley said...

what a awesome card. Yummy blog. now Im having a chocolate craving now. LOL

Traci M said...

Good for you with the exercise class...I'd like to get out and start walking again! I bet your tummy doesn't need much help though.
Your card is wonderful, Charlene, I love the flowers with the polished stone technique!