When I saw the current color palette at the Color Room, I thought it would work perfectly with the Gertie papers from My Mind's Eye's "Stella and Rose" collection. My stash of Gertie papers has been well loved, and I only have scraps left. But, since I'm into using up scraps, I decided to try to make a card anyway. Since there is a card challenge up at the My Mind's Eye blog, I decided to combine it with the Color Room challenge.
The My Mind's Eye challenge is to create a card with a tall, vertical element in the center. This is to be surrounded with three round elements. (See the sketch here.) For my interpretation of this card (see photo above), I decided to create a colorful, pieced Christmas tree, accented by three funky snowflakes. Let me show you how I did it.
1. First I gathered scraps from my pad of Gertie mini papers (6x6") that would work with the Color Room palette. I ended up with eight different patterns. I also chose a large chocolate-brown scrap (seen at the bottom of this pile) for a neutral background for my card.
2. I trimmed my chocolate-brown paper to size, rounded its corners, then set it aside.
3. I chose a piece of paper that did NOT coordinate with the palette, folded it in half, and cut out a triangle to use as the base for my Christmas tree.
4. I punched strips of paper from my eight chosen patterns. I used a border punch from EK Success (seen above) that I thought created the look of fluffy evergreen boughs. It also created a lot of confetti!
5. I decided on an order for my different colored strips, then began gluing them to my triangular base. I started at the bottom of the triangle and worked my way up. I made sure to only use a thin line of glue along the top (non-punched) of each strip. The two photos below show this step of creating the tree.
|*the first few strips are adhered at the bottom of the triangle*|
|*now the triangle is all covered with strips*|
6. After my triangle was completely covered with punched strips, I flipped it over to the other side (photo below)
7. Then I used scissors to trim the excess paper (see photo above), leaving behind just the triangular tree.
8. I fussy-cut three round snowflake shapes from the remaining scraps of one of my patterned papers. I glued a my tree to the chocolate-brown base, added a strip of green paper for a tree trunk, and then glued the snowflakes in place. The photo below shows one of these snowflakes.
9. I accented each snowflake with gold gel pen doodles and a Petaloo rhinestone. I also used the gold gel pen to add my quote and whimsical doodling to the chocolate-brown background.
10. I fluffed up the layers of the Christmas tree (see photo above), using the eye of a blunt embroidery needle to gently curl the punched points outward.
11. I adhered the chocolate brown panel to a pre-made card base, and my card was finished. There it is again, in the photo below. Hope you like it!