February 2020 Color Challenge

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and February 2020 Color Challenge!

The color scheme for the February 2020 Color Challenge is Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Early Espresso. Now I initially thought this was going to be a difficult color scheme for me but this card actually came together pretty easily.

I’ve used a bunch of fun products on this card but the featured products are the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set and coordinating Birthday Dies. This stamp set is available as a Free item with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration and now has this coordinating set of dies too! The dies are available to purchase starting on February 4th but are only available while supplies last!

I have 4 super cool tips and tricks to share today!

Tips and Tricks You’ll find in this post:

  • How to add paper piecing to your project
  • How to create a shorter rectangle using a rectangle die
  • Five ways to use the Sahara Sand Woven Trim
  • An easy way to get a little dimension when you don’t want the full height of a dimensional
My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

To start with I heat embossed my image using black embossing powder and used an Aqua Painter to color in the image. So, truth be told, I colored the “plate” by accident in Early Espresso Ink and needed to fix my boo-boo. Can you see how the cake plate doesn’t have a very vanilla edge and is a deeper shade of Sahara Sand? Well… to fix my mistake I used the Paper Piecing method to create my cake base.

What is Paper Piecing you might ask?

So paper piecing can be used for all kinds of fun effects but on my project, I simply needed to cover the cake stand. I also like how it makes that part of the image stand out from the cake portion of the image.

So here’s how I created the cake plate using the Paper Piecing method:

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

I then used the cake die you see in the photo below to cut out the image. These Birthday dies are part of a limited-time offering that becomes available starting 2/4/20 and they’re only available while supplies last!

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

Before I decided to do the paper piecing I actually tried to cover up the Early Espresso on the cake plate using a white gel pen and then coloring over it with Sahara Sand ink. The white gel did not absorb the color and so it looked pretty bad. I pretty much had to do my paper piecing to save my focal piece. 🙂

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

The rectangle die used on this card comes from the NEW Nature’s Thoughts Dies which coordinate with the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set in the mini-catalog.

This is one of my favorite sets in the new mini-catalog, so I just had to have the coordinating dies! I also love the rectangle die because it has a simple but elegant border. That said the length of the die was a little too long for my card so I needed to come up with a way to shorten it because I really wanted to use it!

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

These dies are available now for demonstrators to order but customers will be able to order them starting tomorrow 2/4/20.

Don’t you agree that this rectangle die goes perfectly with the background created with the Stitched Lace Die?

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

Can you also see how the bottom of the Stitched Lace Die is raised up ever so slightly?

This brings me to Trick #3!

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

I used multipurpose liquid glue on the top and sides of this die-cut lace piece because in those spots I wanted it to be flush with it’s backing. At the bottom, I wanted the pretty lace edge to show a bit more so I raised it up using my rolled up glue dots.

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

In this next close up photo, you can see that I’ve added a little bling to my project with some Wink of Stella on the flowers and some colored rhinestone jewels.

Now the leaves were colored with Sahara Sand ink and as you can see they have a slightly green hue to them which I love! As a result, I decided to color my rhinestones so they would also have a slightly green hue. I did not have the Sahara Sand Blends alcohol marker so I used my light Mossy Meadow Blends alcohol marker instead, and it did the trick!

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

Lasts but not least, I played around with the Sahara Sand Woven Trim to add a little texture to the bottom of my focal element.

I actually tried 5 ways to use this ribbon and in the end settled on the simplest, and 5th variation that you see above. In this version, I used the thread that you pull out when you create some of the other variations.

This graphic shows 3 of the 5 ways to use this ribbon:

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

If you cut off the full length of the tassels, from variation #3 above, you get a 4th way to use this ribbon as you can see here:

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

It was so fun playing with all these different ways to use this ribbon so I just had to share what I learned!

So… I used a bunch of awesome products on this card. Here are some of what I used but you’ll find a complete supply list at the end of this post too!

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my February 2020 Color Challenge project and learned some new tricks!

My February 2020 Color Challenge & Blog Hop project features the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. It's FREE with qualifying orders during Sale-A-Bration!

To recreate my February 2020 Color Challenge project and/or purchase any of the products used here, check out the complete supply list and project dimensions at the end of this post.

Thanks for spending some time with me today and Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


Be sure to continue along on the blog hop so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

The next stop is Sarah Will’s blog. I know you’ll enjoy what she’s got to share!

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Project Dimensions

  • Sahara Sand Card Body: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Early Espresso Layer: 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Early Espresso Die Cut Layer: 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Very Vanilla Inside Piece: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″

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I am a seeker of that crazy, excited feeling that comes when you've created something that’s unique, beautiful and expresses who you are in some small way. It’s like making a new discovery, when you find a unique combination of color, layout, dimension and texture. I call it a creative spark and it makes me giddy! Through sharing and teaching I hope to help others find this amazing feeling of creative bliss!

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