Friday, August 5, 2011

The Shades of Sunset Challenge

The Shades of Sunset Graphic

Oh these days of summer! Sadly, they will be gone before we know it - so let's celebrate this time of year now! We are getting ready in the warehouse to release our brand new sets of stamps for August and this release truly celebrates summer's best! We know you love a good challenge to get you in the mood for our week of fun so, let's roll out this month's kick off challenge -- it's one where you could win our entire August release!

HOW TO PLAY: With the warm sunny days, come beautiful sunset skies. Let's celebrate that on our cards and creations! This color challenge is open to interpretation! Sunsets are so unique - some have mostly shades of red and orange, others can light up the sky with purple and pink hues! Pick your favorite sunset colors and share your inspiration. After you create your card, be sure to come back here and link up using our Inlinkz widget. You'll need to share your link here to be in the running! You have until August 12th at 5PM EST to enter! This month we have not three, but FOUR new stamps sets to share!

I used Birds and Vines for my creation. I swiped Ranger alcohol inks across a piece of glossy cardstock to create my sunset. At first I was disappointed that it didn’t blend as I had wanted it to, but then I found that I really liked the painterly look and the harsh brush strokes. It has a very graphic feel to it.


After I created the background I drew a line for the birds to sit on with a Micron pen. Then I stamped each bird with Versa Fine black ink and clear embossed them. The sentiment is from Ferns and Fiddles and is stamped on a piece of Prism textured paper. I added some self adhesive pearls for a simple embellishment. I didn’t feel like there should be any ribbon, bows, or flowers on this. This isn’t my usual style and was really fun to make.

Need a little inspiration to get you on your creative way? Check out what our DT whipped up with a gorgeous sunset in mind!

Barbara Anders
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tammy Hershberger


Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my WORD! This is the coolest thing I've EVER seen done with these birds! Wow! Love the painterly look. What a great idea to put them on a wire, and with the one flying in for a landing. So awesome, Danielle!!

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Fab card . . . interesting and different. I like it!

Hugs, Sandra x

Barbara said...

Very artsy! And totally creative! Love this!

Linda Carson said...

Love it, love it!!

ChristineCreations said...

I just LOVE how these alcohol inks look swiped across like that! Awesome...and I agree, no other embellishments were needed. It's pretty like it is!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very cool! Oh I like how you did this, very creative!

Yogi said...

glorious color combo. Those birds look fabulous on it.

Cheryl said...

Love, love, love the sunset! And the shiny embossed bird silhouettes against all that color are very striking. The string of black pearls in graduated sizes is perfect.

Sharon Peele said...

Awesome card!! Love the colors and black birds are wonderful!!

Tammy Hershberger said...

This turned out REALLY neat, Danielle! SO different for you, but I love it!

lizlincoln said...

what a coincidence. Right at the moment I pulled up your card a gigantic crow flew by. I love what you've done here with the high wire act!

Marlena M. said...

Gorgeous rich colors! ;)

Karen W said...

Very cool card, great idea with the birds!