My First Card Challenge

One of the major challenges I have faced as a new card maker is knowing where to begin. The world of social media can be overwhelming with inspiration. Its very easy to start to browse for ideas and end up spending your evening pinning, collecting, or viewing without creating anything.

One evening not that long ago, I was doing that exact thing. I stumbled into a live with Jess from @ACardDaysWork. She was working on a “card challenge”. Jess suggested that card challenges were a great way to stretch out of your comfort zone and could be a jumping off point for creating a card.

This idea really resonated with me. It took what often sees as an overwhelming task, creating a new card, and put some parameters on the foundation. I quickly jumped on the challenge that Jess was working on, the My Favorite Things (MFT) Color Challenge number #110.

The colors for the challenge were MFT Grout Gray, Tickled Pink, Wild Wisteria, and Steele Gray. What I appreciated was that you did not have to have the exact colors but could just be inspired by the color combination. I headed for my paper stash to see what I could find. From my non-brand cardstocks I found a gray that looked
close to Grout Gray. For the pink and purple I was lucky and had honeysuckle and heather from Brutus Monroe. I planned to tie in Steele Gray with my marker colors.

Cardstock set, I headed to my MFT stamp sets with the colors leaning me towards the Valentine’s Day holiday. I quickly settled on the Pure Innocence collection, Blowing Kisses. I found the sentiment in the Neat & Tangled, Just Because stamp set. For embellishments I used the Anna Griffin, Valentine’s Confetti Dies, from HSN. I used
the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frame die set and the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables die set for my background.

Coloring, which I’m also learning was done with spectrum noir markers: DP2, DP3, EB1, EB3, FS1, FS2, FS4, IG5, IG9, PP1, PP3, TN3, and True Black. Add Tsukineko’s brilliance Pearlscent Lavender ink for the sentiment and first color challenge card done.

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