Sunday 24 June 2012

Color Dare #5--Create-Your-Own-Rainbow

The challenge at this week's Color My Heart Color Dare was to use all three primary 
and three secondary colours, on a single project. 
So, not quite the full rainbow of seven, but plenty to work with!

I was inspired by this card by Suzanne Dahlberg which I saw posted to the CAS-ual Fridays "Pretty in Pink" challenge: SEE LINK HERE.  I loved that idea of the nested squares, and the patchwork effect of them placed all together.

For my version, I used three pastel secondary colours,  Amethyst, Key lime, and Taffy, and mixed them with more saturated primaries, Pacifica, Tulip and Honey. The largest squares are cut at 1" then 3/4" then 1/2," a bit bigger than on the original card, which creates a different effect. I had fun deciding which colours to stack on which.  See if you can figure out the pattern!

I had planned to machine-stitch around the white border, to make it look like patchwork, but I have an actual quilting project on the go, so changing the thread and pressure foot on my sewing machine was too much work. I used the Close to My Heart ruler with guide holes to perfectly place the perforations to simulate stitching. The kraft paper card base is a 5" square.

The sentiment with the funky font is from the Paper Smooches set "Good Gab."  I used Versamark ink and white superfine embossing powder from Paper Wishes

You could have a lot of fun trying out different colour combinations for this design.  Maybe after that quilting project is finally finished!


  1. Love the funky vibe of this card!

  2. This is so cool! I love the retro feel :) I'm so sorry...blogger keeps dropping the blogs I follow and yours was one of them (there are many sadly). I'm following you again...and I hope it sticks this time! I'm going to check out your CTMH site. I've never used their CS before :)

  3. This is so fun, Caroline! I love those stacked squares and of course the sentiment looks fabulous in white on kraft!

  4. Hi Caroline, LOVE all the funky squares :)
    Many thanks for dropping by for the TAWS bloghop :) The pearls I used are Kaisercraft - so not coloured by me, but they are a perfect match!

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  6. Caroline, very interesting how you chose the pastel secondary colors to go with the saturated primaries. It gives it a fun, whimsical feel! Very nice. Thanks for joining in at Color my heart!


  7. Love the colour mix you chose. Funky retro yet soft??? Great card.


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