Color Throwdown's challenge this week is a trio of neutrals: ivory, gray, and black. Check out their blog post for details on this current challenge and see the design team's inspirational creations which are amazing.
The inspiration photo and palette from the blog:
I chose to do a masculine birthday card for a cousin whose b-day is 9 days away and he lives a couple of states over. So I best get this card in the mail tomorrow and won't he be surprised!?!!
a. white cardstock base is folded on left side and is about 3 .25" x 5.25" for each half (Georgia-Pacific)
b. ivory and darker ivory/beige cardstock and black paper are all from Colorbok
c. designer paper that looks like wood paneling (The Paper Studio by Hobby Lobby)
d. banner stencil is from a Bible Journaling set (American Crafts)
e. letter and birthday cake stencil are from a very old set (Tupperware/Tuppertoys)
f. staples and glue stick for adhesives
Papers were edged in black ink to help reinforce the challenge palette.
The rectangle paper on left is a very light gray (Colorbok) and the sentiment was found in online searching for birthday sentiment images. It was laid over a doily to get the textured marbled look when I used colored pencils (yellow, brown, and black) to obscure the white copy paper look. Black photo corners were added. After I took these photos, I stenciled my cousin's nickname in black gel pen on the gray to personalize this birthday card.
Using a cell phone to take photos fades out lighter hues, so the creamy ivory I chose for the circle has a stenciled traced birthday cake outlined in gray marker and the "hb" outlined in black marker. "Hb" is filled in with black colored pencil and then the same was used lightly applied to the cake portion. A little bit of yellow colored pencil was used for the flame area of the candles.
Overall, I tried to stick mostly to the trio of ivory, gray, and black for this birthday card.
The birthday touches hopefully don't get lost and are just enough for this small card. There is the banner with "wish", the birthday cake shape with "hb" (code for Happy Birthday!), and the inside panel sentiment. I'm thrilled with how this came together.
Crafting in the frozen Midwest, Becca