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Two new online sites I have been visiting lately.

Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combos (SPPC) - a weekly challenge site with a new color combo each week. This week was a summery combo of pink, green, and yellow.

Two Pea's Thinking Inking Class- led by the very crafty Jennifer McGuire. An online class exploring new inking, painting, embossing techniques. I am not a huge stamper, but it has been kind of fun playing around with all the techniques and getting out of my usual style. This week has been about using paint, masking, and layering.

This week, both sites were hosting challenges, so I made this card to enter to both.

I needed a sympathy card for my uncle who lost his mother this week. I thought the lighter colors would make this card a little happy instead of sad and somber. My hope is to remind him of all the happy memories he has, instead of being too sad that she is gone.

In case you were curious about how I put it together, here's the basics:

I took a 4x6 white cardstock and stamped it randomly with the Stampedous Polka Dot Background stamp. I used my Silhouette machine to die cut a flourish and lightly adhered it to the background. I used pink paint mixed with a bit of shimmer and smeared and swished it on the paper over the die cut. I left alot of white showing. Then I mixed a lime green paint with shimmer and filled in the white spots. I had a bottle of Adirondack alcohol ink in a dark green and I wondered what would happen if I droppered it over the paint. I even tried to use the negative white piece to create another mask effect in the bottom left hand corner. Did not really turn out as planned. The alcohol ink just spread and went where it wanted and really was too dark, but oh well. I just went with it and left i there. Now I know what happens when you do that. =)

Now that I had my background good and painted I removed the die cut to reveal the original stamped background. I highlighted the dots by stamping a few more with silver ink in the corners.

Then, the flower. I embossed it!! I know! I had no idea you could do that! You just cover the flower with ink, sprinkle on the powder and heat! It makes it look so cool. The flower was originally white and looks like metal, right? Definitely going to try that with other embellishments.

Lastly, I added the pearls, stamped the sentiment, mounted the whole thing on a lovely yellow paper, and put the whole thing on the front of the card.

seesh...that is a lot of work for one card, but it was fun playing around.

Go check out these sites, let me know if you decide to join in and make anything!