Thursday, September 9, 2010

Playdate Cafe Color Challenge

Good Morning.  This week Creative Cuts and More is sponsoring the Playdate Cafe Challenge.  So some of the DT have decided to play along.
The challenge was to use white, black, pink, gold.


Here's what you can win if you play along!

I used Creative Cuts and Mores Tuck and Close XL in one of the Curious Metallics - Gold Leaf.  I like this color because it's not a yellowish gold.  It has just a little sheen to it.
Patterned Paper - The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbon - from recently purchased bedding
Gems - unknown
Metal embellishment - Making Memories

Tips and Techniques

I have a couple of tips for you with this project.
1.  The openings along the bottom from the border punch were not showing up against the gold bag.  So I used a Dove Blender Replacement tip to apply black ink.  It's tiny on the tip, so it fits in the holes perfectly.



2. I find it really difficult to cut the "v" shape in the end of the ribbon.  I did 2 things that made this easier.  First I created a template.

The template should be the length you want the end of the ribbon to be from the center knot x the width of the ribbon.  Mine is 2.5" x 2".   Now create the V.  I measured 1/2" from the end back toward the center knot and 1" from the sides (center of the ribbon).  This is where I placed a dot with my pencil.  Then cut from the outside ends to the dot in the center. 

Fraying can really be an issue, so before I cut the "v"s I lightly dabbed some white glue on the back along the area I was going to be cutting.  This stiffened it up, making it easier to cut, and helps prevent fraying.

I hope you learned something that can help you on your crafty projects.
Thanks for stopping by!

18 comments:

Jennie said...

Fabulous design Melisa! Love this :o)

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

great work Melisa.

Lisa Somerville said...

Very elegant, wonderful use of this weeks color splash. Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

Anne Jagger said...

Stunning

Julie Ranae said...

Hey there Melisa...so nice to have your team play along with us in The Play Date Cafe. Great use of the color 'splash'!

Betty Benton said...

What a pretty project Melisa!! The pink ribbon caught my eye immediately [[ looks like you spent big bucks for it!

Seleise said...

great project, Melisa!

lisa808 said...

Very elegant.

Patti J said...

Wonderful project, and love your tips, Melisa!!!

Sue Lelli said...

FABULOUS! Also LOVE that you repurposed the ribbon! How fun!

Andrea Ewen said...

Very elegant Melisa! Love the "gold" gold and that fabulous black and white damask pattern. And thanks for much for the tips, especially the ribbon cutting! We're so glad you could play along with us this week at the Play Date Cafe!

Linda Beeson said...

That bag is so pretty, I so love a damask design and it worked great on your project.

Suzanne C said...

Fabulous and elegant! So glad that you joined the DT and played along!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Very elegant!

Ruby said...

What a gorgeous project! I love that big bow and the metallic gold is so pretty! So pleased you could play along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

Neet said...

What a gorgeous project - very eye catching.

HappyCrafter said...

WOW! This is such a great project, and I appreciate all the tips you've given us on areas that will make it easier, thanks so much!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOVE that damask image!! Beautiful little bag:) Love that bow too! SO FUN! Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC:)

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