Saturday, April 14, 2012

Opposites Attract with CAS-ual Fridays

This week's challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to opposite, or complementary, colors on the color wheel.  I love blues/aquas and oranges together so this was a "must-play" challenge for me.

I also decided that I had better start using the various supplies that I had purchased and the various techniques that I had learned on a recent Tim Holtz  class from Online Card Classes.  I adore his techniques - the amazing colors - but I am not a vintage/grungy person.  I wish I could be better at it - I love it when I see it - but I cannot create a single thing that I like.  So I am challenging myself to use the techniques (and all the supplies that I purchased!) on simpler cards.

What do you think?...

Papertrey Ink

This technique is to stamp with an archival ink, preferably very bright, and then sponge over with a distress ink.  The two inks repel so the orange stays vivid.  Tim Holtz did an example with about 4 vivid colors in vintage patterns and then he sponged with one of his famous browns - it was swoon-worthy!

  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Beautiful Butterflies
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise, Ranger Glossy White
  • Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Venetian Orange, Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans, Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise
  • Accessories: Papertrey Beautiful Butterflies die, Aqua Mist button


  1. I think it's just lovely, Kim. I never would have put orange and blue together but it looks super! It's good to get out of our comfort zone sometimes. Kx

  2. Kim this is so pretty! Great job with the opposite colors!

  3. Lovely design and a beautiful job with the sponging technique! Your orange butterflies are so vibrant against the aqua.

  4. Beautiful effect. Made me think of goldfish but they are butterflies! So my eyes have been dancing all over your card! x

  5. Beautiful effect. Made me think of goldfish but they are butterflies! So my eyes have been dancing all over your card! x

  6. Wow Kim, I just love the butterfly panel. A gorgeous card. xx

  7. Beautiful!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  8. Your butterflies are just lovely, Kim!! Love the orange and blue...a personal favorite(and a lot of others in the gallery:)!!). Love the effect of your sponging...all so very pretty:)!!

  9. Wow! This is a sensational challenge ... hope I find the time to play! Love Love Love your card! It is amazingly gorgeous! Hugs xxx

  10. I have trouble with the vintage/grunge myself. I'm more drawn to these brighter colors and the clean lines. I love the blue and orange together and the little butterfly background panel.

  11. What a gorgeous showcase of this technique! And an overall beauty of a card. Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays this week!


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