The challenge at The Paper Players is my nemesis and, I think, not just mine! The dreaded ONE LAYER CARD. Yep, nowhere to hide with these. No covering up a botched sentiment with a banner popped up on dimensionals, no die cuts or snippets of embossed card stock. Not even a lovely coloured border to frame things - unless you sponge it on. Just you, the ink and ONE LAYER of card!
After starting, and abandoning, a number of ideas I decided to use this challenge to try out a technique I've seen in a number of places around the internet. I don't think it has a name but it's using Stampin' Blends to colour white embossing. Here's how that turned out...
In real life, the colours are a bit brighter than they look here but still pleasingly subtle. The centres are in Light Daffodil Yellow, the stems in Dark Granny Apple Green and the floofy bits are in Dark Calypso Coral. I left parts of them white so that it would look more nuanced than heavily colouring all of them.
What I particularly like about this card is that although the stamped panel are dandelion flowers, with the stems truncated into a line like this they're not unlike exploding fireworks. I think that ties in with the 'Happy Birthday' rather well.
Update: Delighted to be A Cut Above at The Paper Players!
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