I needed to do two birthday cards today and wasn't sure were I was going to get my inspiration to start. Trying to decide both layout, colors and what stamp sets to use can be the most time consuming part of the whole card making process. I didn't have a lot of time to work with so I needed some help. Tuesday's SCS challengeis always a color combo challenge. Other than during VSN weekends I've never done any of the SCS challenges and I thought why not give it a try.
Well when I went to check out what the combination of colors was for the days challenge I almost decided to go it on my own. The colors to be used were Real Red, Blue Bayou, and Soft Sky. I wasn't so sure that this would work for me. Real Red is one of those colors that other than Christmas and Valentine's Day I just can't warm up to. I'm not sure why. Maybe because it is so bright. (The Bold Bright color family is my least used and least liked.) But I decided to give it a try. Boy was I wrong! These colors are dynamite together. I love them.....So here are the two birthday cards that I came up with.
There was also the added benefit that I used two more stamp sets that I haven't used in a while. Happy Everything and Happy Harmony. I will definitely be checking out more of the color challenges in the future. I also will be checking in on the sketch challenges to help with ideas for layouts. Both of these layouts came from past sketch challenges. Several weeks ago I printed out all the past challenges to use as a quick reference. It definitely helped here. After I chose which stamps I wanted to use I flipped through the past sketches to find a layout that would work with the shape of the stamped image. I think it took me an hour to design and make both these cards. Not bad for me.