Sunday, April 3, 2011

Thinking of You

I made this card using one of the sketches for the Hero Arts April Contest, as well as the colour palette from Color Throwdown #135. This is my first time playing in this colour challenge and I thought these would be great colours for the masculine part of the Hero Arts April Contest as well.

I used the Classic Bike and the tricycle from Joy Ride to create a background for the red panel. As Michelle Bartnett explains in this tutorial, you must remove the actual portion of the image that is missing from the space instead of just spreading it apart, otherwise it does not look realistic. I did just that where you see a tiny portion of the red strip is missing to expose the yellow card base.

I chose a couple of sentiments from Essential Messages and linked them together with the ampersand from Typewriter Letters. I popped both the ribbon tail and the circle and added some charcoal twine to finish. It took a lot of maneuvering of the pieces to get this card just right but I'm extremely satisfied with it. Now I don't know if I can give it away. LOL


Sources: SU So Saffron, Real Red & Naturals Ivory cardstock; Gina K Designs pure luxury Black Onyx cardstock; Hero Arts Classic Bike, Joy Ride, Essential Messages & Typewriter Letters; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Vivid Red ink; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large; QuicKutz Epic Six; Marvy-Uchida 1/8" long reach circle punch; SU paper piercer; Anchor cross stitch needle; The Twinery Charcoal baker's twine; Stampin' Dimensionals

41 comments:

Brenda said...

Beautiful Emily! Perfectly masculine and those colours are awesome! You always do such great work!

Karen B. said...

Great sentiment treatment!

Beth aka BR-T said...

Amy this can is so fun and fresh, love it!

Meg said...

Emily (aka Amy), this is such a fun card (aka can)! I love the color combo--so bright & fun and ready for Spring! Thanks for the tip on the spacing issues, too.

mustavcoffee said...

Fabulous card Emily, love the colours and the sentiment, hope you've had a great weekend:0) xxx

kasia c. said...

Emily this is wonderful! I LOVE how you did the red panel, and with all of your finessing, the card turned out perfect. Those sentiments work so well togethers. thanks for the tip on the panel!

here's the link for that heart embossing plate
:)

http://www.tayloredexpressions.com/item.php?item_id=3211&category_id=257

btenn said...

Simple and stunning card! Your artwork is always so inspiring! Keep it up!

:))

Angela said...

Hey there, Em!
Love this card -- it's the rare kind of design that would work for just about anyone -- masculine enough, but not "which way to the weight room" masculine ;)

BabyBokChoy said...

I really appreciate this: something accessible for everyone. It's not that easy to come up with great ideas that everyone can implement, this is a terrific example!

Lynn said...

Love how you combined the sentiments for this card...and there you go with the bike stamps again! Perfect border!

Emily Keaton said...

Super cute, Emily! I just love how you used some of your favorite images for this great guy card. Yeah, I'm not sure how you'll be able to part with this one, either!!

~Tammy~ said...

I love how you did the sentiment~ so very cool!

Jay Gee said...

Striking card Amy, those colours just look so good together! Loving everything about this one :)

Lindsey said...

All these elements work so well together! Love the combination of colours and the crisp clean finished look. I say give it to your husb -- then you get to give it to someone AND keep it! :P

Janna Werner said...

*chrchrchr* bicycles!
sweet, elegant and clean card! Gorgeous :-) Janna

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Simply and nice, you just have that magic to make the simplest thing looks great!

Cheryl said...

Wow - love this! Great design - clean, simple and perfect.





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Sunghee said...

Hmmm... this looks different than your usual card. Nonetheless wonderful! You just know how to put everything into perfect place. LOVE IT!

Jen W. said...

Hmmm... I never thought about taking out an actual strip before. I am guilty of cutting and spreading my pictures! Thanks for that tip! :) Awesome take on the sketch and I'm sure you'll find it in your heart to give this card to some lucky guy! LOL!

Jocelyn said...

Great use of the colors. The way you placed the sentiment is so fabulous! I love this card!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a fun card---love everything! You know I do:) I LOVE LOVE LOVE your style!

Love the tip--thanks! I am bookmarking this for future reference:) LOVE!!

Smita said...

Beautiful card!! (uh...hum... handsome?!)

Ok, I have to admit this... I'm now beginning to love CAS cards that I'm seeing! Well, I always liked them... but now I'm actually feeling like creating some ;-) All thanks to friends like you ;-)

hugs,
smita

Saskia said...

Lovely card, so elegant!

Wendy ten Hove said...

Challenging, but also wonderful color combination and you used it so well! Fun card, love the 'graphic lines' in it, and I see bikes, hi hi! Love it!
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Hugs, Wendy

Vicky Hayes said...

I so love that bike image and thanks for the tip about actually removing the piece between when dividing the stamped card stock - I wouldn't have thought to do that.

lynn said...

love your design here, emily! love it all! michelle's tutorial is awesome, too!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is so fabulous, Emily! :)

Karin said...

I HAVE to remember this cool technique! Awesome card!

Scrapcollectr said...

Love it! You inspire me to stay simple sometimes...I'm gonna try it...
*smile*

Jennifer said...

Very nice!!! It's fun to try new color combos! Looks great!! Love that bicycle background!! (=

Michelle B. AKA JustPaintingAround said...

Hi Emily! Perfect use of that tip...cutting that piece out kept those wheels nice and round. Glad it was useful to you. And, wow, that was a challenging color combo and you rocked it!

Julie Hoffman said...

This is gorgeous Emily! Great job with the sketch and color challenges! Love the bicycle dp you made and the popped sentiment!

AnitaRex said...

This is a really great take on the sketch! I really like how you used the & and added the extra sentiment and used the yellow circle! :>

Ujjwal said...

I love the colors you chose to go with the sketch and the red bicycle panel looks great!!

secret scrapbooker said...

Fab card, love how you have used the bike stamp :0)
Kate x

Tiffany said...

Fabulous and so bold, love the clean lines on this design!

Elise said...

SERIOUSLY! Brilliant! This card just NAILS my theory: you ARE a stamping ROCKSTAR! Yeahoooooo! Thanks for the terrific inspo, my dear!

Alice Wertz said...

so pretty! love the stamped bicycle strip. fabulous take on the challenges, Emily!

Gwen said...

Love the colors and the bicycles! Super cute!

Heather said...

Love the way you've created the sentiment :)

scrapalajen said...

Super cute card Emily!!!