Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm feeling a little CHALLENGED!

Dawn Woleslagle has a new Color Cue Challenge and it's a dilly!

Just in time to celebrate some of her NEWEST stamps... {WAHOOO! I hope you'll go by her blog and check out her AMAZING samples and terrific celebration of these unique images and infinite possibility... } Dawn has been incredibly prolific and YOWZA, very inspirational! This is an opportunity to really challenge yourself with this terrific color combo, I just hafta' say (once again...) If I can do it, YOU can! Sincerely! I sure hope you'll play along! And, FRIENDS... for MORE and terrific ideas about how to play with these super colors and images, don't miss Maile and Savitri's Color Cue samples as well!

Thank goodness for challenges! I had almost forgotten how much I love White CRAFT ink! Just plain old CRAFT ink, direct to card stock, air-dried... NAKED, babies! No embossing! {DANGER!!!} It's so beeeeeeeeeaaaaaauuuuuuutiful! Dawn has created MORE images that register together, large and small, crisp and bold, delicate and beautifully drawn.... Did I mention POSSIBILITY! Yipeeee!

I had such fun with this darling, lil' bird! He's so animated in this terrific pose and he reminded me of the hoards of determined Robins we have here at Rancho Durenberger right now ~ suddenly, I was inspired to use the gray/blue and melon color from Dawn's Color Cue, direct to stamp, to emphasize the "Robin-ness" I was seeing here...

I tapped him into my "Groovy Guava" stamp pad from Stampin' Up! just to get the stamp primed, the used a "Brocade Blue" pen, direct to stamp and swiped it over the top half of the bird image, cleaning it on a piece of scratch paper, to maintain the gray/blue, but using the lines of the bird's wings and beak as a natural color line. The pen wipes the color away, but leaves just a hint that adds some natural volume... Then, I dabbed just a little bit of "Chocolate Chip" for an eye and legs... The shadow was created with a small aqua painter and a hint of "Brocade Blue"... POP! {I'm powerless over a nice shadow for a lil' grounding...} Good fun!

So, friends. Paper crafting... I've been missing it and ya'll! Hope you're having a wonderful week, and that you get a slice of time to join Dawn's latest Color Cue AND consider throwing in your "hat" with her latest DT call! We're having a WONDERFUL time, I don't mind sharing that! Dawn is looking for a three month commitment, so PLEASE, please, share your talent with her and US! It's all good!

Supplies -

C/S - Stampin' Up!
Stamps - WPLUS9DesignStudio
Ink - Stampin' Up!
Ribbon - Stampin' Up!
Punches - Stampin' Up!
Die Cut Sentiment - Quick Kutz
Heavy Transparency - Hambly


Karen said...

Hey, hey!! :>:> Okay......Okay!!! So, I adore that you had a little meet 'n greet with Atsy and Cardmaking....your birdie is devine!! And then of course, I just swoon at transparent cards....a pool that I have not yet dived into!! :> Tweet! Tweet! :>

Dotty Jo said...

Well, well what a little piece of cratin' perfection you have created here Elise! Your ink work on that little robin is fabulous and you have given him so much personality! Once again I'm swooning over a card made by super special you! Jo x

Beth said...

Love that little bird. I've missed you, too!

Courtney Baker said...

Fabulous friend! And don't great minds think alike! My background I made yesterday is VERY similar! Aren't we smart! :)

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

The bird is spectacular!! I love love love the dreamy whispery enchanting feel of it... Thanks for sharing the technique, and happy happy paper and ink day!!!

Rosemary said...

Wowza!!! Fabulous clear card, my friend! Your talent is just amazing! Looking forward to getting some time to dive into Dawn's new Color Cue!

Kathy Martin said...

Adorable card! Like the clear design and that little bird!

Dawn said...

Yeah, you've divulged your secret!!! I love that I have to read how you guys create along with everyone else, even though I see the finished card in advance. It gives me something extra special to look forward to on Color Cue day!

I am in awe of the way your mind works and how you can take an image, that at first glance looks like a flat silhouette and bring so much life to it. I was extremely happy with the detail this stamp was able to capture, right down to the little claws on his feet, without locking you into one look. And here you have shown how you can really just knock it out of the park, I swear I see the illusion of feathers in the blue/gray!

Thanks for sharing Elise!

LeAnne said...

OMW, this little robin is SWEET!!!! I need to go stamp something in white, too!

~amy~ said...

Hey your acetate card...that bird is just toooooo tweet!