Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ATC Swap using Play Date Cafe's Color Challenge

   Tuesday means I'm usually scrambling to make something for the Play Date Cafe challenge which closes tonight at midnight!  I love this week's color combination, and I've had a fun day playing with an ATC series!  I was surprised to see how putting the colors next to the neutral grey changed their intensity.  I had many ideas...which is usually my biggest problem, but since I'm swaping ATCs with a stamper in Holland, we decided to use the same set: Exotic Decor from Hero Arts, and make flowers.   Narrowing it down to a technique helped me focus even further on the project pictured below. 
   I decided to do a series using masking on plain white glossy cardstock, and making my own glossy cardstock in each of the challenge colors.  I embossed and/or stamped with Distress Inks [Crushed Olive and Dusty Concord] then got out my trusty brayer to make the different colors.  Cutting out the masks was not too time consuming, and I like the effect I got after brayering the grey backgrounds.  My blender pens came in handy to use gradients of color from the Distress Ink pads--very useful for working within the same palette. 
   I like how these came out, and I hope my new friend will enjoy them too.  Perhaps you have some glossy cardstock?  Maybe a brayer?  Next time you need a color-matching cardstock, remember you can just make your own!  

9 comments:

  1. Wonderful set of floral ATCs, Deb! The designs are all so pretty and I love the way you have used the PDCC colours!

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  2. What a great set! These look just like the wallpaper in the inspiration photo - so pretty!

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  3. How wonderfully creative! Your colors are spot on and your designs are fantastic! Thanks for joining us at the Play Date Cafe!

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  4. Delightful set of ATCs.

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  5. WOW ! Such a fantastic ATC set Deb!! Thanks so much for joining us at The PLay Date Cafe :)

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  6. Oh wow! That card in the top right looks just like the wallpaper, it's my fave and I love the silver embossing. Thanks so much for playing along at The Play Date Cafe.

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  7. Ooh aren't these just lovely and colourful! I love how you've got so many different versions of ATC's, you did a great job with our colours! They all look fab! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

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  8. Deb,each of these are really unique and wonderful but my eye goes to the bottom left one, 'cause it looks like a card I made last year and loved! Thank you - times four! - for playing with us at The Cafe.

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  9. Oh Deb I love love LOVE what you made for the PDCC this week!! WOWZA!! That's one of my favorite sets and I never think to pull it out and use it - you've inspired me! Thanks for joining us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

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