I made this card for the Basic Grey color challenge this week. Blue, Gold, and White were the colors, and definitely a challenge for me, as these are not my usual "go to" colors, but thought I'd give it a try. As I was making the card, I thought of a couple of other challenges I could tie it in with, and so have also entered it in Card Patterns Sketch 61 challenge, and Our Creative Corner's "blossoms" challenge. Sorry, my Blogger is giving me some problems adding links today, so I will try to come back and add the links later or tomorrow. I also cannot access my comments, so please be patient, and hopefully blogger will iron out these snags and I can publish your comments and get these links up for you.
So, here's the scoop on the card. I used Basic Grey paper for the background, and have to admit, I do love this shade and the lovely swirl design on the paper. I created the gold edge with a gold leaf pen. I chose a dark blue card stock to highlight it, and had a half sheet of this wonderful gold paper in my stash. I used my Spellbinder's Nestabilities Blossom die for the flower blossom. I cut three sizes, two from gold, one from white. Next, I distressed the bejebers out of the edges of the petals by folding and rolling the edges, even tearing them a little. I love the way the white back on the gold paper highlights the edges. I stacked these petals together with foam tape between to creat the blossom. I used my gold leaf pen to paint a button gold, and tied gold metallic floss through it. With the blue cardstock, I freehand tore petals, and repeated the rolling technique. I stamped Printworks' happy birthday and celebrate stamps with Brilliance gold ink on the petals, them foam taped them from the blossom. On the border strip of blue, I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder to create this elegant swirl, then swiped my Brilliance gold ink pad over the raised image to highlight. Then I finished off the card with some gold brads, and a matching blue bow.
Hope you enjoy, and do come back to check out these links. I encourage you to enter some challenges. It's fun, and really stretches your creativity.
Blessings and peace,