Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Four-Fer

I surprised myself today when I set out to play a few challenges. I started with the colors from the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge:

Then I thought of the current Simon Wednesday Challenge to add a little texture and The Male Room challenge to make your own background.

So, I broke out three colors of Distress ink and some embossing paste, and opened and used my new-to-me Simon Says Stamp Zig Zag Dots Stencil to make the background for this card:

That did the trick! I had the colors, texture and background. Check, check, and check. But then I needed a sketch ... you know, something to do with that background. So I tried the current Retro Sketches sketch:

I actually tried several different pieces of washi tape for that vertical element, but none of them were quite right. When I finally put the white panel on the blue layer, I realized my best option was to stick with the blue, so I added a strip over the piece of orange washi tape that's hiding there.

When I was making the background, I wasn't too careful when I applied the different rows of colored paste over the stencil, and I was left with hunky piles of the stuff all over. I got a hair-brained idea to scrape off the excess, but instead of scraping across (with the row of color), I scraped down, which blended some of the colors.  At first I was miffed, then I decided I liked it, so I meant to do this:

Yeah, it's blurry, sorry.

And yes, the colors here are a bit muted compared to the challenge colors, but they started out bright and bold, and were muted by the white paste. I even added color twice. Hey, I tried.

That's it, there ain't no more. Except for the mess in the craft room that needs my attention. *ahem*

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love happy accidents that end up adding to a project. This card is fantastc!

  2. That looks like a fun stencil! Love the colors and the card too. Fabulous!

  3. I like the way it turned out, its very pretty.

  4. Super background and I like how the colours got a bit blended by your happy accident. Thanks for playing at CC&S.

  5. Great Idea to work with paste and Color...
    love the outcoming

  6. Great background - I love that stencil.

  7. You've done a great job combining all the different challenges together. I love getting messy with stencils and paste! Thanks for joining us at CC&S this week Leslie. Stef x

  8. Fabulous combination of challenges! I really like the way you've used the stencil to create the chevron background. Thanks so much for playing along with The Male Room this week!

  9. A fabulous card Leslie, I love the colours you've used to create the background and lovely sentiment panels!!

    Thanks so much for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Heather xx

  10. Morning sweetie, this is simply stunning, :0)) Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this time hugs Pops x

  11. All those textured dots make me think of that dots candy. Love the banners over the circles and... well, pretty much everything about this card.

  12. Your scraping "oops" sounds like something I would have done! LOL! I like how the effect softens the bright colors. Thanks for joining us this week at CC&S! :)

  13. Love the dotted bg! Thanks for joining in at TMR!


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