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!