Friday, January 5, 2024

Crafty Collaborations Monochromatic Color Challenge - Copper Clay

The New Year is a great time to try new things and step outside your comfort zone. So for 2024, I will be participating in the Crafty Collaborations weekly Monochromatic Insta Hop, to help get creative using Stampin' Up!'s amazing color coordinated products. Our first color is Copper Clay, one of the 2023-2025 In Colors, and we have been challenged to create a card design using products featuring this color. I hope that my new journey on this color challenge will help inspire you to join and explore Stampin' Up!'s beautiful colors.
Copper Clay is not a color that I use very often so it I was trying to come up with a card design, I looked through the stamp sets that I had on hand to see what would work well with this color. With the launch of the new January-April 2024 Mini Catalog, I had just recently received an order of new products and one of them was the Cutest Cows Bundle. The images in this stamp set are so adorable and I just new that it would be perfect for this color challenge. As you can see from my finished card, I had fun combining quite a few products to create my design. These products include cardstock, designer series paper, textured ribbon, dots, Classic ink and Stampin' Blends Markers. 
Products Used:
Cutest Cows Bundle (item #162897)
Bee Builder Punch (item #162553)
2 3/8" Circle Punch (item #161354)
Softly Sophisticated Bundle (item #162947) Sale-a-bration 
2023-2025 In Color 6"x6" Designer Series Paper (item #161646)
Copper Clay Cardstock (item #161721)
Basic White Cardstock (item #159276)
Copper Clay Classic Ink Pad (item #161647)
Memento Tuxedo Black Pad (item #132708)
Copper Clay Stampin' Blends Combo Pack (item #161662)
Basic Black Classic Blends Combo Pack (item #154843)
Petal Pink Classic Blends Combo Pack (item #154893)
Copper Clay 3/8" Textured Ribbon (item #161629)
2023-2025 In Color Dots (item #161620)
Blender Pens (item #102845)
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)
Copper Clay Cardstock
Card Base - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Strip - 1 1/4" x 4" Embossed with the Softly Sophisticated 3D Embossing Folder
Copper Clay Polka Dot Designer Series Paper
Card Front - 5 1/4" x 4"
Basic White Cardstock
Inside Layer - 5 1/4" x 4"
Circle punched out with the 2 3/8" Circle Punch
Cow stamped and punched out with the Cutest Cows Bundle 
Sentiment Bubble punched out with the Bee Builder Punch
I love when this time of year when not only do we have a new mini catalog full of new products to play with, but we also have the opportunity to earn Free products with qualifying orders for Sale-a-bration. For my card design, I wanted to show how you can take existing products from the 2023-2024 Annual Catalog, which you may have in your crafting supplies, and combine them with new products from the new mini catalog. To me, Copper Clay is this wonderful, rich reddish brown color and I thought it would be a perfect color for a cow. I used the Light Copper Clay Stampin' Blends Marker to color the spots and the muzzle of the cow and Light Basic Black Stampin' Blends Marker for the hooves. I added a touch of Light Petal Pink Stampin' Blends to the inside of the ears. I punched out the body and the head of the cow and added them to the Basic White cardstock circle, using a Stampin' Dimensional to pop up the head. To add some texture, I used the Softly Sophisticated 3D embossing folder (part of the Softly Sophisticated Bundle Level 2 Sale-a-bration Reward) to emboss the strip of cardstock and then added a piece of textured ribbon around the center of the strip before adding it to the polka dot designer series paper background. I attached the focal image with Stampin' Dimensionals, towards the left side of the strip. For the sentiment label, I used the Bee Builder Punch to create a word bubble (the body of the bee is perfect for this) and stamped the sentiment with Tuxedo Black ink. I attached the sentiment to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals so that it appears as though the cow is speaking. To complete the card design, I added several of the Copper Clay Dots for a little sparkle. 
For the inside layer of the card, I stamped the milk cans along the bottom of the Basic White cardstock layer, using Copper Clay Classic ink and lightly blended the lines to add soft color to the images using a Blend Pen. I stamped the sentiments in the center of the panel with Tuxedo Black ink. So there you have it. My cute card design featuring Copper Clay. What do you think? Did I do a good job showcasing this color? Let me know in the comments. 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my card design will help inspire you to step outside your comfort zone and explore using Stampin' Up! colors that you might not normally use. Don't forget to check out the new January-April 2024 Mini Catalog to see all the amazing new products and take advantage of Sale-a-bration to earn Free products with your qualifying orders. The Softly Sophisticated Bundle is a Level 2 Sale-a-bration Reward you can earn Free with a qualifying $100 order. 
I would love it if you would take the time to hop along with our Monochromatic Insta Hop here and see what my fellow demonstrators created with this week's challenge color, Copper Clay. We would love it if you would leave us a comment and let us know what you liked about our projects. I hope you will join me next Friday to see what I create with Week 2's color challenge. 

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Until Next Time

Happy Stamping,

Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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