Thursday, April 18, 2013

Teapots, Fun Folds, and Paper Players

Evidently, I'm terrible at noting deadlines. I made this card based on a layout from the Friday Mashup sketch challenge, and I completely missed the challenge deadline! Lately, this has happened a few times more than I would like to admit.

Luckily, though, I also made this card for a color challenge: the lovely folks over at The Paper Players gave a gorgeous color combo this week, and so that's what inspired the details of this card.

I have to admit, this card was HARD to get through! I spent two hours hemming and hawing over details, colors, how to make the teapot stand out more, and on and on. Two hours, people!  ... Ahem. Anyway, I ended up just about giving up, and I set it aside overnight and came back to it later. In the end, I'm really pleased with how this card turned out. The tone-on-tone stack of teacups off to the left of the card? Definitely adds needed interest to the background, along with the small pearls in the upper right. Oh, I love little details.  :)

You want to see the best part, though?

It opens from the middle! I know, it's a really simple "fun folds" type of card (especially compared to some of the crazy, fancy cards I've seen!), but I was really inspired by the Fab Friday layout to make this card open like this. It's such a fun touch!

The details on the teapot are also pretty fun. It was watercolored in Baja Breeze (to match the DSP), with details highlighted in Rich Razzleberry. Tiny little Basic Pearls adorn the body of the teapot, and some Baker's Twine brings in the darker Island Indigo color, too. (And yes, the card is being held open with an egg carton. Hey, you work with what you've got.)

Here's the challenge info:

And, even though I missed it, the sketch from Friday Mashup:


  1. Well, I'm glad you didn't give up -- you've made a beautiful card. I love the clever way you've folded the card. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players this week.

  2. This is adorable! I don't know how I missed that sure is a fun one with the opening in the middle! Thanks for sharing this with us this week at the Paper Players!

  3. I have to say it was 2 hours well spent! Great card! Thank you for playing along with the Paper Players!