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Thursday, 16 January 2014

Guest Designer on CAS(e) This Sketch

A while back I made this card for CAS(e) This Sketch and blow me down if they didn't just go and make me the winner. That, for me, was honour enough. What I hadn't realised is that by winning, I would also have the excitement of being asked to guest design.

So here's this week's new sketch...


and the card I designed


Ever since Pantone released the colour of 2014 as Radiant Orchid, I've wanted to use it in a card and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I've heard it being referred to as purple but I have to say, that unless my eyes have weirded out with age, I would class it as violet. Purple, for me, leans more towards the blue spectrum, more indigo.

Having picked out some violet card, I initially tried pairing it with other blues and purples for a more monochromatic palette but when I laid them out before me, I wasn't happy. Too safe. It's my default go to palette. So I started to scan the web for ideas and when I saw this photo, I knew I wanted to use grey and white instead.


The grey border strip I stamped with a swirl design from Inkadinkadoo, using Adirondack's Slate ink. Onto the white square, I stamped and clear embossed a flower and a row of stitches. I then stamped the sentiment in archival black.

Thank you once again to the CAS(e) This Sketch team for inviting me to join in with them this week. What a lovely way to start the year :)


13 comments:

Leigh Penner said...

Lovely card, Paul!

perfectly4med said...

Love the card, and the inspiration behind the colour scheme - very useful :)

Neil

Kim M said...

Wonderful card! Great colours. Congrats on your previous win. :-)

alexa said...

Many congratulations Paul and this is a lovely design. Your colourway is very subtle and understated - very you :).

kjjc said...

Well done you. Very nice card. Happy new year. Can we still say that?

mark gould said...

Congrats on the win Paul, great card and a great choice on the colour, the grey looks spot on with the (i agree) violet ;)

Kay Wallace said...

Congrats on this double honor, Paul! I have to say...I am not the least bit surprised!! You are KING OF CAS cards in my book! This is no exception.

Claire said...

Always love your cards Paul - congrats on being guest designer..another beauty!

Alison Barclay said...

I've just discovered your fantastic blog through CAS(E) this sketch...all I can say is 'WOW'....your work is just stunning! Great cards!! :)

karen h said...

Awesome card! Love the orchid and grey combination!

Heather North said...

Congratulations on your guest design team spot for CAS(E) this sketch. I love the new radiant orchid Pantone color for 2014. It can be a hard one to find. Great idea to pair it with gray and white.

Betty J. said...

Love your CAS card, Paul!

Chrissy Larson said...

Your card is amazing, Paul! Thanks so much for joining us this week.