Black and white with a hot pink "Color Splash" is the theme of this weeks' The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC119.  Although I believe that real men wear pink, and can design cards too, at first I was a little baffled by this challenge.  However, I am an artist, so color is my game.

After sketching a couple of designs, I  knew what I wanted to do.  I started with a black American Crafts tri-fold card base.  I cut a square from a sheet of cross-word puzzle print, rounded the corners, edged it with a black ink pad, and pasted it on the card's left hand panel.  Then, I made a 2"x2" hot pink card stock mat and enhanced the corners with an EK Success punch.  I drew a miniature Zentangle tile horizon scene inside the mat with a black Sakura Micron 05 pen.  I attached it to the card with foam dots.  Next, I made a dragon fly with wire, glass beads, and organza ribbon strips.  Although I added eyes and a snout to my design, there is a similar one in a book by Kate MacFadyen.  I attached it to the card with a strip of foam.  Finally, I used a Dymo embosser to type the word "Thanks," and attached it to the card.

My wife and youngest daughter can be my harshest art critiques, and they both liked my card.  Hopefully you will too.  I invite you to follow my blog and let me know what you think - Blessings!


Marlena M. said…
Beautiful work! There are so many interesting pieces to this-wonderful texture and variety.
Jinny Newlin said…
There are so many absolutely fabulous details here! And I LOVE that you used a crossword puzzle! Brilliant! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!
Thank you for your kind words. I love color and creative explorations, so I've enjoyed the 2 challenges I've participated in. Blessings!
Ruby said…
What a great idea to do the crossword, love it with the splash of pink, really fun! Thanks so much for joining in the fun with us over at The Play Date Cafe!
Jenny said…
Hi Arnoldo, I think the crossword bkgd is an inspired idea for your zen tangle focal point :0) the beaded dragonfly is just cute with its organza wings.
Hank you for your kind comment on my blog.
Jenny :0)