It's so bitter cold here in the Chicago area. That kind of cold that BURNS! The sort that freezes your car windows shut so you have to open your entire car door at the drive through... BRRRR... makes me shiver just thinking about it. When the kids were little I used to take them outside and blow soap bubbles so they could see them smash when they hit the ground. Yes.. it really is that cold here.
This is the time of year that I love to craft. There is nothing outside tempting me to stay outside any longer than I have to. Moriko in her fabulous fur coat is loving it. I want to post a photo but the lens keeps fogging up.
So while I am warm indoors I am doing a little crafting. It relaxes my mind and that is good for my soul. A new challenge begins today at Fusion Card Challenge. This one is called "Woodgrain Neutral" I find darks a little difficult to work with.. I was a butterfly in another life - drawn to bright colors. But it's FUSION, so you don't have to work with the colors or even the photo if you don't want to. You can work with the sketch and make it work with whatever you like. I'm always trying to be clever and FUSE the two of them together.
I started out making dimensional flowers with distressed ink edges like the photo, but then I asked myself why I was making something that I would never stick in the mail. I decided to be a little more practical and keep it flatter and I'm really happy with the results.
I cut flowers from two different black and white patterned papers and stacked the smaller flowers on top of the larger ones. When I was done arranging them I didn't think I had enough definition to the circular shape of the wreath I was trying to create so I filled it in with some black enamel dots.
I couldn't resist adding a very slight touch of color on my design. A very faint blush that I personally would still consider a neutral. It compliments the hard black and white flowers - defining them and adding a softness at the same time.
I can't wait to see what you make for this challenge. It was fun to try something new and explore different colors that I wouldn't gravitate to normally. You can see more projects from the team and link up your projects here at Fusion Card Challenge!
Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamp: Papertrey Ink Botanical Silhouettes
Dies: Papertrey Ink Ruby Rose Die, Paper Smooches Flag Tags
Pattern Paper; Basic Grey Highline
Black Enamel Dots