HSS Color Splash Challenge #18

Hello Fellow Stampers, and Happy Belated Memorial Day!!!
I had a great time yesterday celebrating the holiday with some friends/neighbors and kids swimming in the Llano River. We had a blast! And now I get to do something else that I totally enjoy, CRAFTINESS!!! This weeks challenge is a Color Splash over at Hand Stamped Sentiments, come on over and play along- it’s SOOO fun to see every one’s creativity! This months inspiration is Black, White, and Gold/Silver… what do these colors make you think of? Well for me, it’s WEDDINGS!!!

So I used those colors to help me with my jumping off point. I have to give my amazing cousin , Shannon, credit for this card inspiration, she shared the layout with me a few years ago and I LOVE the set “Baroque Motifs“so much that I was just dying to use it for this challenge. I JUST got this stamp set for FREE!!! I earned it through achieving a certain amount of sales during Sale-A-Bration and literally got it on Friday and I was SO happy to be able to use it for something RIGHT off the bat! I think this set is just so elegant and still fun.
I made this card to be used as a wedding invite, I thought the simple color scheme and elegance of the stamp set worked really well together. I just randomly added a small punch of color at the bottom in the sentiment, but any bride could substitute a color that went with her theme. I also used a fun, simple but timeless technique on this card to give it a bit more POW!

I don’t think from the photos you can tell that well that the stamped images are not JUST black but have been heat embossed. I love the texture and shine the card has from this technique. I think for a wedding invite that it suites the card well. I simply stamped my Baroque image using VersaMark Ink and then covered the images with Black embossing powder. Using my heat tool I heat embossed the images and BAM I have my own patterned card stock.

I accented the card with some Going Grey Taffeta Ribbon, which I think is so much more fancy than regular grosgrain at least for the purpose of this card. The card base is a traditional 5.5×4.25″ and the main patterned card stock piece is just 5.25×4″… there is a simple rule of thumb that most card makers know and I will share it with you in case you don’t know it, “lose a quarter for a border”. If you reduce your layer by just a quarter you get a nice even border around all sides of you card. The smaller inside black piece measures 3.5×3″ and the top white layer measures 3.25×2.75″.

I loved how simple and elegant this card is, and the statement it would make to any recipient. I think this layout is great too especially if you were going to make 50 or more for a wedding invite or as a thank you because they are so quick to put together and create. I hope you enjoyed today’s project and join us at Hand Stamped Sentiments to submit your creative ideas for this weeks challenge, we would love to see you there!!

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