Hello there!  It’s the second Saturday of the month, and that means it’s color challenge time at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  This time we’re asking our challenge participants to be inspired by the colors of coffee and cream.

I am not a coffee drinker – I like the smell of it (most of the time, at least), but I don’t care for the taste.  But with the challenge colors stated the way they are, I couldn’t resist using the Stampin’ Up color called Early Espresso.  It’s a very dark brown, so I guess that goes along with my husband’s preference to drink his coffee black.  It doesn’t show up very well because the cardstock is so dark, but I stamped it with a background stamp to (try to) give it a little extra visual interest.  I stamped the toy soldier stamp with Early Espresso ink on watercolor paper and then used a slightly damp paintbrush to blur some of the lines and give the image a bit of color.  The layout for this card comes from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The sentiment is from a long-retired Stampin’ Up stamp set.  I thought it was especially appropriate for a card that’s going to be donated to Operation Write Home.

52CCT 04-11-2015

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made.  Then show us what you can create with these colors!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, April 17 to link your card at the 52{C}CT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz); Wishes Awash, Sanded (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Early Espresso (SU); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: brads (Recollections); paintbrush, water

9 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – April color challenge”

  1. What a fab stamp Patricia! Early Espresso certainly qualifies in my book for a coffee and cream colour combo! The style of the sentiment compliments the stamp and it is a great sketch! Thank you for making such a fab DT card with these colours, even when you don’t like coffee!
    Louise xx

  2. great take on the challenges – love those little brads in the four corners

  3. This is such a cool card! I love the Tim Holtz Blueprint stamps and you’ve used this image beautifully. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  4. Looks fab! The sentiment looks great combined with the super image Xx

  5. Je suis fan de cette série de tampon Patricia, ta carte est super avec celui ci, biz

  6. This is fab Patricia! Love the early espresso colour. The stamp is super and the greeting is just perfect. Considering you don’t like coffee, you did a brilliant job on your card! Hugs, Gill xx

  7. Such an absolutely perfect card for Operation Write Home!! Love the touch of watercoloring as you pulled the same browns into the image. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  8. I really like the blue print solider stamp – and fabulous layout. Great work. xxx

  9. Fabulous card. Love the nutcracker
    Julie t

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