Friday, December 09, 2011

Inventory Reduction Challenge #61 - Monochromatic card

I'd like to welcome our newest member of the Inventory Reduction Challenge group - the wonderful and talented Nadine St-Pierre!  Be sure to check out her blog to see more of her fabulous work.

Our Inventory Reduction Challenge for this week was to make a monochromatic card - all one color. Sounds easy enough. BUT--if you don't want your card to just lay there looking all flat and lifeless, there needs to be some contrast somewhere.
I did mine using several shades of brown. How much more blah a color could I have chosen? I am really an earth tones person. I did struggle with this one.

Here she is - Holly Tilda!

The card base is SU Close to Cocoa.  The edge is punched with an embosser/punch.  On solid paper there is an embossed snowflake between the punched out snowflakes.   The roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Sheer ribbon from my stash.  The oval behind Tilda is cut using Nesties.  Tilda is colored with Copics and of course, I didn't keep track of the numbers.  They are all from the E family:(

To add a bit of "color" I added the tiny roses to the sheer ribbon.  The glue dots on the flowers were just enough to go through the sheer and hold the ribbon ties in place.

The inside is very simple.  The cotton crocheted lace is from Magnolia; the sheer brown ribbon threaded through the lace is from my stash.  Both the designer papers are from SU.

The lower half dp is from one of my big stacks from DCWV from Jo-Ann Fabrics.
The scalloped oval for the jotting panel is cut using Nesties.
The sentiment stamp is from SU's Heard From the Heart set.

 Here are close ups of the inner panels.

Now that I've been looking at all those Close to Cocoa colors, I'm thirsty for some hot cocoa myself! Come on and join me!!

Be sure to check out all my team mates' projects.  They're sure to have some really gorgeous ones.

I'd love for you to leave a little comment while I'm preparing our hot cocoa drinks. 


cathylynn said...

Good Morning Kathy! You and I chose the same monocolor. Your card shows no signs of struggle because it is simply GORGEOUS!!!! Great Job!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Christina C. said...

Hi Kathy! Your card is lovely....I adore this beautiful Tilda! Wish I had purchased this one too! The inside of your card is lovely as well.

Danielle said...

Hello Kathy, Wow, such a lovely color, rich and soft. Very lovely bow with the flowers, and beautiful coloring of Miss Tilda. the inside is nicely decorated, very chic.
Beautiful work.

Sharon Caudle said...

I'll be right over and I'd like extra marshmallows please! :) gorgeous card, Kathy! Love the rich browns and Tilda is colored beautifully! I like how you placed the roses on the ribbon! Very pretty!! Have a fabulous weekend!!
hugs, Sharon

Harma said...

Lovely card Kathy brown colors loks so warm.
Hugs harma

Rene said...

Kathy this is gorgeous!!! Fabulous job!
Rene ;D

Jean said...

Kathy, this is so adorable.. love this Tilda, you have done such a great job with her and love your paper and love the insied with the crocheted lace, so very sweet... a great card..
Hugs, Jean

Jean said...

Kathy, this is so adorable.. love this Tilda, you have done such a great job with her and love your paper and love the insied with the crocheted lace, so very sweet... a great card..
Hugs, Jean

Jean said...

Kathy, I adore your card and your Tilda you used.. you did such a perfect job coloring her.. love your paper you used and the inside especially the crocheted lace you used... Great card.
Hugs, Jean

Barb Hardeman said...

I'm lovin' the browns you've chosen here! Your Tilda is such a delight and your coloring is so pretty! The design elements just make this card pop (not lying flat at all). Fabulous job...hugs...Barb

Anonymous said...

Very sweet! Love the brown's! You've coloured Tilda beautifully
hugs Julie P

Les Trésors de Nadine said...

wow, j'adore ta carte tout en douceur!!! Elle est vraiment magnifique! Ta mignonne Tilda est vraiment cute!!! Toutes ces teintes de bruns ça fait vraiment chic!!! Bravo et merci de ton accueil dans votre équipe!

bisous Nadine

Kathy Gerace said...

Yes... She says: I love the softness of your card. it is beautiful! Sweet tilda is very cute, I love all these shades of brown, very chic. thank you for welcoming me in the team. hugs. Nadine.

Linda said...

Wow this is so sweet and I love the colors!!!!!! the ribbon with the little flowers is fabulous too!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this card came out gorgeous! You did such a wonderful job, beautiful coloring!