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Kay’s Blog Takeover 2012 Day 1

Hello! I am happy to have my 17-year-old-step-daugther, Kay, posting for a few days. She has done blog takeovers over the years and may have asked for her return. When Kay was young, we crafted together a ton and in the past few years she has taught classes at stamp stores for kids. (You can see some of her class cards from a few years ago HERE. Her writing is always witty and her cards are always fun. You can see her first takeover post HERE – it is hilarious. And her last takeover two years ago: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5. She even did a video for us back in 2009 HERE.) And now I present to you… Kay…

Ladies and menfolk (that would be you, Tim Holtz) – this is the moment you have all been waiting for with bated breath. The return of a week greater and more exciting than Shark Week, filled with the humor you have so desperately craved.

Yes, you have guessed correctly. Welcome to Kay’s Blog Week Takeover 2012!

I have chosen to take on this challenge – the challenge of crafting a few beautiful cards just for you. From all orange to all preppy, the card challenge extends beyond myself.

Today, I took on the Challenge of All Challenges: the monochromatic orange card.

This challenge has been waiting for me since the last time I did a blog takeover with you fine crafters. Last time, I achieved the monochromatic pink card – crafted in various shades of rose and blush. I bravely challenged the authority of Orange, the gross color that I almost sort of hate. (You can find my first battle against orange HERE. After posting that card, the very sweet Heidi from Simon Says Stamp sent me a box of orange goodies. She is pretty awesome, huh? As awesome as my sister, Audrey.)

The challenge has caught up to me. So finally, after more than one try of creating an entirely orange card, I have achieved my goal, and I’m going to teach you how to do it…

I started with a yellow notecard. I smeared Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink all over the card (don’t be afraid to be liberal) purely to turn it orange, and wiped off the excess with a paper towel so that it would dry faster.

I then tore the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper into strips and coated the paper in Dried Marigold Distress Ink. Next I used adhesive to apply the strips to the card, making distinct ripped stripes over the paper. I then covered it with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to bring out the tears.

On a different sheet of white cardstock, I stamped the Hero Arts Flowers and Swirls stamps in Black Stazon Ink. I covered the paper with Antique Linen Distress Ink and Wild Honey Distress Ink. Finally, I pulled out the Copics and carefully colored the flower petals in orange, and the leaves in orange-brown.

This is the part where I got to carefully cut out the flowers before adding it to the card. Finally, I tore out a large strip of white cardstock, coated it in Wild Honey and a bit of Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, and stamped “Thinking of You” in black Stazon Ink.

And there you have it – an all orange, not hideous card!

It’s been lovely seeing you, my lovelies. Until next time… never fear the orange, make the orange fear you.


PS: If you are keeping score, this makes Kay – 2, Orange – 1794