Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hexagon Central

I decided to break into some of my not-yet-used items, and I chose to follow two challenges. I find if I get hints for colors and use a sketch, the rest of it usually starts to brew fairly quickly. For the colors I went with the current last week's Paper Players challenge:

(So what if it was last week's challenge, they are still a fun color combination, so there. :P)

I used, um ... last week's sketch from Retro Sketches:

I appear to be a full week behind.

Anyway, I opened and used my Full Card Hexagon die from Simon Says Stamp, and I chose papers from the Kaisercraft Save The Date 6.5x6.5 paper pack. My original intent was to use part of the full-page hexagon for the rectangle in the sketch, but I got distracted and made this instead:

I wanted to leave some of the white there, so I laid the colored papers over the spots where I wanted them until I was happy with the arrangement. Then I poked out those hexagons, turned the whole thing over and applied about 5 pounds of tape to it so everything stayed attached, then I flipped it over and stuck it to a white card base. Then I glued the colored papers into their assigned spots.

I left a row of white across the center on purpose so I could put the sentiment there. The sentiment and die are from the SSS Tilted Banners coordinating sentiments and dies.

Then I went back to my original plan for the sketch and made this:

All I had to cut was a partial piece of the hexagon background since I was going to cut it anyway, and I used some of the patterned hexagons from the first card to fill in the spaces. I still opted to break it up with white; it was too dark otherwise.

I almost left the center red hexagon out and had the background paper showing through, but I didn't like it so I put the dotted piece in there. I like that it's the same color, but a different pattern.

In both of these cards you can see I have no respect for the direction of the patterns in the paper. In fact, I put them in differently on purpose, partly because I could, and partly because I think it looks better that way.

So, just because the challenges are closed to submission doesn't mean they still can't be used. Lucky thing, too, based on how I work. *ahem*

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Both cards are terrific! Perfect balance of color and white space. Looks like I'm going to have to buy that hexagon die after all.

  2. I love hexagons. Now I know I really "need" this die after seeing your impressive cards. You really had your mojo rocking this week end!

  3. I have this paper pad, and I keep taking it out & then putting it back. THIS is how those papers need to be used - lots, in little smidges! Love that banner die (it hopped out of my cart last time, bad die!!)

  4. Wonderful! I love the arrangement of the patterned papers and I never thought of cutting a piece out of the hexagon die like that - brilliant! But, now I need those banner dies....sigh.

  5. These are gorgeous! I have that paper pad, but I have had difficulty working with ever, you have inspired me :)


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