Hi all!  This weeks color challenge was one that I wasn’t quite sure about.  Gretchen went back up to lots of colors again after several weeks of just a few.  I can’t decide which is more challenging a few colors or a lot of colors.  So here is the inspiration –

Six colors in this one – Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I wasn’t quite sure where to go with these aside from flower like the inspiration but I wanted to do something other than flowers.  I think my last few challenge project have all had flowers.  And then I finally figured it out and I love this card that I came up with – and no flowers!  Looky here it is……

I made a masked sunset card using the Sail Away stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog.  Now this was the card I needed to make for my brother for his birthday – I just didn’t think of it until this week and his birthday was last week so I sent him something else.  He may just get two cards from me this year.

I took step by step pictures for you too.  So here is what I did.

step 1

Step 1: First stamp the boat on the Whisper White card stock – mine was 3″ x 3-1/2″ – and I used Jet Black StazOn ink.  Then stamp it again on a post it note and cut out right on the lines for the two sails and the hull of the boat.   Here is a helpful trick – use the two-way glue pen and put some glue on the back of the cut out pieces and let dry.  Now these become sticky but it is repositionable.

Add the mask on top of the stamped image on the white card stock matching up so that the sails are covered.  And then you will also need to cover the hull of the boat in just minute (I don’t have it covered in this picture).

step 2

Step 2: Punch a 1″ circle out of a scrap piece of card stock.  You will use the scrap piece as a mask to create the sun.  In this case your are covering the area around the circle that will become the sun.  I overlapped just a bit with the sail on the boat so it looks like it is behind the sail.

Step 3

Step 3: Use a Stampin’ Sponge and sponge the inside of the circle with So Saffron ink.  Then take another sponge and sponge the edges of the circle with the Pumpkin Pie ink.  This will make the center lighter and the outer edges darker.

Step 4

Step 4: Remove the circle mask for the sun, but leave the sails covered and make sure the boat hull is covered.  Now punch a scrap strip of card stock with the scallop edge punch and use this as a mask to create waves at the water line.  I sponged with Marina Mist ink, starting darker near the scallops and going lighter as you go down the card stock.  Move the scallop mask down into different spots so that you can make various waves as you sponge.

Step 5

Step 5: Now you have the sun sponged in and the water and waves sponged in.

Step 6

Step 6: Last I sponged Baja Breeze in the sky.  You can either cover the sun with the circle you punched out earlier or carefully sponge around it.  You can leave white space in the sky too, it doesn’t all need to be covered.

Once you are done with the sponging then remove the masks from the sails and the boat.

I stamped the greeting along the bottom.  And mounted the piece on Basic Black card stock.  I added a strip of Marina Mist card stock that was scalloped.  This is put on the front of the Pumpkin Pie card stock with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final addition to the card is the Basic Black wide grosgrain striped ribbon on the side – the ends are overlapped and then tied together with a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Click on this link to go to the  Utah Diva’s Color Challenge blog.   There you can see the creations from the entire design team and add a link to your creation if you decide to play along.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: Jet Black StazOn, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze
  • Stamp sets: Sail Away, Bring on the Cake
  • Accessories:  Scallop Edge Border punch, 1″ Circle punch,  Stampin’ Sponge, Basic Black Striped Grosgrain ribbon, White Baker’s Twine.

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.