Color Challenged in a Color Challenge

PPC 228 swallowtail

For my card-making/stamping escapades this week, I sure was stumped on a color challenge.

I have been enjoying participating in various card challenges as a way to expand my creativity.  The challenges typically give you a sketched layout, an inspiration photo, a particular embellishment that must be used, or a grouping of 3 -4 colors to incorporate into your project.

So…. after feeling a little bit proud (woohoo! I’m easily excited) for being recognized as a “Cut Above” the past two weeks – last week for the Paper Players Challenge #207 Button Challenge (thanks Andrea!) and the week before in the Paper Players Challenge #206 Sketch Challenge (thanks Claire!), I just couldn’t figure out what to do with the Paper Players Color Challenge #208.  I actually made three different cards three nights this week until I settled on the watercolor swallowtail card above to submit.

The challenge was to incorporate 4 colors into your project:  Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Hello Honey, and Basic Gray.  Here they are:


I was having trouble being creative with these colors.

This was my first attempt:

PPC 228

Didn’t love it….

Then I made this one:

Joy PPCUsed the same colors….  different techniques….

Didn’t love it….

Almost gave up…

Then this one came to me:

PPC 228 swallowtail

Still the same colors…. Yet more different techniques….

As I look at all three, I see such a vast difference in all three despite the same four colors being used.

For the one I chose, I watercolored the inks on water color paper with a water brush starting with the blushing bride on top, then calypso coral, and finally hello honey.  After it dried, I stamped the swallowtail on with Memento black ink, then outlined and shaded with some glittery dazzling effects.  I then simply mounted that on the gray card stock, and then onto a white base.  With all the glitz of the butterfly, I thought I should keep the rest muted and simple.

So now I have three cards I can use – all because I was seriously color challenged in this week’s color challenge.  Thanks Nance!

Cheers & Hugs,


8 thoughts on “Color Challenged in a Color Challenge

  1. Jodi – your projects are all beautiful. I love the glitter on the butterfly’s wings. It makes it look kind of fantasy-like! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players!


  2. Oh my goodness Jodi! Your persistence paid off! The first two card are wonderfully creative — and so different from each other. The butterfly card knocked my socks off! Love the watercolor wash and the razzle dazzle you added–it’s simply stunning. So glad you accepted my color challenge…and rocked it! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!


    • Awh! Thanks Nance! I loved that your challenge really stretched my imagination and creativity and the process of trying to go beyond my comfort zone. Even cards that I “don’t like” a lot that I make are a learning process and stretch my left brain, and I LOVE it!


  3. Oh Jodi, this Swallowtail is GORGEOUS!!!!! I am so impressed that you made 3 cards for our challenge! I like all the cards, but I must say this glitzy butterfly shines in the gallery! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Player this week! XX


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