Sunday, March 15, 2015

Color Throwdown #333 Anniversary Card

Howdy! Goodness it's been way to long since I've posted! So here I am to prove I haven't fallen off of the face of the earth! I have to use electric heat to heat up my craft room which is on the third floor of our house. It can get quite frigid up there and quite costly to heat! So now that it is finally getting warmer out I will be able to craft more which means you'll see me post more!

 I decided to participate in the latest Color Throwdown challenge #333.

 Aren't the colors just gorgeous!  Perfect for the anniversary card I needed to make.  Quite some time ago I had purchased Papertrey Ink's Guidelines Two stamp set.  I figured it would be perfect for stamping my own patterned paper to use for color challenges.  However, I found it very difficult to stamp the grid and get it lined up correctly.  I also didn't care for the grid being part of the pattern.  Misti to the rescue!  What is Misti you may ask?!  It is a stamping tool that becomes a replacement for acrylic blocks.  It helps you line up stamped images so precisely that you can stamp in the same spot twice without any shadow.  I can't really describe how amazing this tool is in is what it looks like:

(Photo credit goes to Lisa Babitz

And you can see videos of how it works on the inventor's blog  here.   I have only had the Misti for about a week but I truly believe Iliana is  genius!  I have always struggled getting stamps on straight especially sentiments.  I also don't always get a good impression with my first try but with the Misti it's easy to ink up and restamp in the exact same spot.  I could go on and on about this tool.  It is amazing!  It is expensive but so worth it!  I highly recommend purchasing the grid paper and the magnets if you order this though. 

Here is my card:

The background was all stamped using the Misti and I actually did 4 identical stamped panels so you will be seeing this stamped paper again in the future.  (Another benefit of the Misti..makes it super easy to mass produce duplicate projects).  I stamped the grid lines on transparency sheet several time and just taped them together until I got a grid large enough.  I positioned the transparency in the "L" of the Misti and hinged it with a piece of tape.  Making it easy to move out of the way for stamping.  Hard to explain.  If you are interested I'll take a few photos to show you how I did this just leave a comment to let me know. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your week!  Please come by again!



Joan Ervin said...

Oh my...your background looks awesome!!!! Love how you added the velvet ribbon, too...sooo elegant!!! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown Challenge!!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

So pretty Shelly. Love the motives you used and the color variations. The ribbon is wonderful. I've heard so much about that tool now... will have to investigate. :) Thank you for playing along with us at The color Throwdown.