Today's card was created for a color challenge on the Paper Wishes Message Board. I found it really challenging. I was to use the colors white, black, gray, and gold. I had some white/grey/black patterned papers I thought to use, but I just didn't like gold with them! Then I remembered an older HOTP paper. It was perfect!
The paper was a grey/white pattern rectangle on a striped background. The grey/white pattern was big enough on the 12 x 12 piece of paper that there wasn't a large enough area of the stripes so that I could cut a mat as big as I wanted. I also wanted to see the variety of colors all the way around. So, I cut it up to create the grey/white patterned paper piece matted by the striped. I made sure to ink the edges of the grey patterned paper with black before adding it to the background.
For the focal, I cut a piece of white card stock with a die from Fleur de Lis Rectangles by Spellbinders. After embossing it with the die, I used post-it notes to cover the outer edge and colored the center with a mixture of alcohol inks (Gold, Silver & Pearl mixatives). Removing the post-it notes gave me a piece that was colored in the center & white on the outside.
For the focal itself I used black Dazzles, backing the balloons with the gold glimmer paper. I also added a gold border sticker around the outside edge. I matted this focal piece on a piece of gold embossed glimmer paper. The glimmer paper mat was added with foam tape and the focal itself was added with more foam tape.
I also added a gold glimmer paper strip for a border down the right side and topped it with a star border Dazzles piece.