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Saturday, October 2, 2010

All a Flutter for the ColorQ {52}

I was delighted to see this week's challenge over at the colourQ and since it's been ages since I've played at the Q, I was determined to participate!  To celebrate colourQ's birthday, Arielle gave us this great sketch to work with:

 
and let us choose any past colourQ combination as inspiration.  What a great idea!  I knew right away which one I would choose because I missed it the first time around...#42:

I love these colors and that skirt is fantastic!  I was inspired by the pattern of the fabric and knew immediately that I would use the lattice die as a focal point.  So, here is my card:

I had a bit of indecision over which color to use for the lattice die and which for the background but I finally settled on this beautiful piece of So Saffron designer paper from the [retired] Sweet Pea stack and a Tangerine Tango lattice.  The Tangerine Tango lattice was also run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder to mimic the texture of fabric.  For the three elements in the top corner, I substituted some paper piercing because I just couldn't make brads or anything bulky work there!


The butterfly is a [retired] a la carte stamp called All a Flutter that was stamped on Whisper White with Timber Brown Stazon.  I stamped it in Stazon (which doesn't run) because I colored the butterfly with a blender pen and classic inks in So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Real Red.  My friend Jaydee, of Jaydee's Stamping, created a wonderfully helpful video tutorial on this technique which gave me the courage to try my hand at coloring.  I still need much practice but it was my first attempt!  I hand cut the butterfly and popped her up on a 1 3/4" circle punched from a beautiful bronzey-brown glitter paper.  The body needed a little something so I added some brown adhesive jewels, from my stash, to pull the eye in.  I purchased the Hope Happens stamp set just so I could use this sentiment on butterfly cards.  I think it's just perfect!

Without a sentiment on the inside, it is suitable for any occasion.  But I couldn't just leave it bare so I added more of the same DSP used on the front and a Chocolate Chip butterfly to finish it off.

So, there you have it--Happy Birthday colourQ and congratulations Arielle on a full year of fabulous fun and inspiration.  I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

Thanks all, for stopping by tonight.  I hope you have a great evening.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next challenge at The Paper Players!

6 comments:

Always Playing with Paper said...

I love your pretty card Nance. That butterfly is beautiful as are the colours you used. You are so talented!
Smiles,
Lesley

Christina said...

WOW, Nance! If this is your first try at coloring, I can't wait to see how wonderful you will be with some practice! That butterfly is just gorgeous and I noticed its beautiful colors right away. The lattice die perfectly mimics the shape of the wings. Love the paper piercing in the corner, too, it looks so sophisticated!

Sylvia said...

Hi Nance, Wonderful card and color combo. Your butterfly is beautiful! thanks for playing the ColourQ challenge this week!

Nancy said...

Very pretty card the butterfly is gorgeous and your coloring makes it just "pop" off the card.

LeAnne said...

Absolutely gorgeous.....I remember this combo and thinking how fun it was....your butterfly is perfect for it and your coloring is wonderful. You don't need a bit of practice.

Sandra Farrell said...

Beautiful card. If you are interested in colour challenges, please come join us this week at Stampin' Royalty. www.stampinroyalty.blogspot.com