Monday, February 8, 2016

Work of Art for Color Throwdown

Have you seen this stamp set used in a while? I remember not so long ago when Work of Art was so trending that every stamping blogger was featuring it. I like to go back to my shelves and pull out a set that I haven't inked up in a long time and I did have fun with this one. The Color Throwdown challenge this week features 4 colours and they made me think of painting, perhaps because a friend of mine, another blogger, did do some watercolouring with this same challenge, or now that I look at it, it might have been the challenge colour swatch itself:

I also used the cute layout from Freshly Made Sketches this week:

Here's the close- up:

  • I wanted to have a "painted background" and use the small panel on the front in the sketch as a painter's palette. To make the palette, I inked up the Hardwood background stamp in Sahara Sand, stamped off once,  and stamped on Whisper White cardstock. I die cut it with an Oval Framelit, then sketched and cut the palette shape. The thumb hole is the 3/4" Circle Punch. I added the 'paint' using this Gorgeous Grunge image in all of the challenge colours. The edges were sponged with Sahara Sand to give the palette more definition.
  • The sentiment is from Work of Art stamp set, and is stamped in Basic Grey Archival Ink. I adjusted the angle of the painter's palette so that the sentiment would be straight on the card front.
  • The background canvas is the wide brushstroke from the Work of Art stamp set, in all the challenge colours, with a bit o' Gorgeous Grunge spatter in Blushing Bride and Pool Party ink.
  • I left the matte for the palette and the horizontal banners very plain, just cardstock, as the rest of the card was pretty busy already and needed some taming. At one point, I contemplated having one of the horizontal banners be a paintbrush, but I couldn't find a brush stamp long enough, and I couldn't find the elements necessary to create one that would look convincing.

By the way, I have a joke about "Work of Art". I have some friends, Art and Michelle, and when Michelle was pregnant, she wore a T-shirt with an arrow pointing to here baby bump and the sentiment "Work of Art" written above it.

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  1. Love the palette you created for the focal point of your design! The "painted" background is fabulous, too. Thanks for joining us at The Color Throwdown!

  2. This is such a fun work of art! I love all the art elements you incorporated. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches.


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