Monday, February 17, 2014

My First Color Dare Challenge!

I've been wanting to try the Color My Heart: Color Dare for awhile, and I am now finally submitting my first entry! This is Color Dare #81:

As I was creating this card, I thought about a question I am often asked - how do you figure out what to make? Now, I know there are people out there who can see a project in their head and have things all planned out - I am not one of those people. So I thought I'd share the secret to my process - I fiddle around with whatever I have nearby and I sit and stare a lot. That's it. I may have an idea or two, but until I start playing, I'm not really sure what I want to end up with. 

For this card, I at least had a starting point - my colors were already chosen: 

From there, I went through all my paper packs finding patterned paper that had one of these colors, and I brought out the cardstock. I also went through my stamps and picked out a birthday stamp set because, well, I need birthday cards. I went with the the Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday stamp set that comes with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. Why? Because I like the cupcake (see, no real process here). I decided to use a layout from Make It From Your Heart Vol 2 and chose Pattern 29 because it had room for an image and a banner sentiment.  So, my choices were driven by colors already determined for me, a need for birthday cards, and a desire to have a cupcake.

Next step was just playing around with paper and seeing what looked good. I added in a neutral color (Desert Sand) because there were too many pieces of paper that needed to be added to the card and not enough colors - and since we can use neutral paper in this challenge, away I went. 

From there I went to my Cricut and cut out the cupcake in the various colors. I played with the pieces till I had an arrangement I liked, but when I put it down on the white square, the cupcake seemed to vanish. I knew I needed something to make it pop. I looked over at the how-to book and saw they made a cute yo-yo under one of the stamped images, and thought that would be a nice addition to my card. So I made the Desert Sand yo-yo and stuck the cupcake on top. I added jewels to the frosting because glitter gel wasn't dramatic enough (tried it, then threw it out - I do that a lot).

My last step was to make sure my design followed the rule of odds - the elements should be grouped in an odd number (typically in threes, but not always). Not my rule - a design rule that I've found has never let me down. Sorbet was all set - it was in the candle, the background paper and the sentiment. I only used one piece of Blush, and although I had two pieces of Juniper (the cupcake wrapper and background paper), they are both in the center of the card and so appear to be one. But the Desert Sand was the problem - I had the yo-yo and the solid piece of cardstock at the bottom of the card, so I needed it in one more spot. I tried various patterns, ribbon and more cardstock, but nothing really stuck out. So I decided to keep with my theme of distressing elements and embossed the cardstock with the Quatrefoil embossing folder and sanded it. Then I played around with the placement, found a spot I liked, and voila!

So, I don't really know what I'm doing - I just know that if I keep trying things, something will eventually look good. And it's not a neat process - check out my desk after I was done:

Of course, getting everything messy is half the fun.

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper: Clementine (retired); Juniper, Sorbet, Blush, Desert Sand and Colonial White CS
Stamps: Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday
Inks: Juniper, Blush, Sorbet and Desert Sand
Embellishments: Pink Glitter Gems and Clear Sparkles
Other: Sanding block and sponge


Myztique said...

Nice job! Love it.

Katrina Brown said...

Love this card! You and I seem to share the same creative process; I call is research (stare at what I have and recall ideas), development (try and try again), and production (actually like what I have and make it)! I'll say I'm going upstairs to my mess and the guys will say, "research!" I love the gems, sparkles and yoyo; they really add visual interest. Can't wait to see what you create next!

Myztique said...

Very nicely done! I love it.

Morgan Vogt said...

Haha - I like that. It certainly makes the process sound a lot more glamorous than it actually is. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Becca Whitham said... This is fabulous. Thanks for linking it up to Color My Heart. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!!

Sheri Ballantyne said...

Your cupcake looks good enough to eat! What a "sweet" card you've made. Thanks for taking this week's Color Dare! We hope to see you again!

Myztique said...

Congrats on your win. Well deserved!

Katy said...

AWESOME card!!!!

Morgan Vogt said...

Thank you everyone - I can't wait to do another one!