Color Hues Challenge #9: Red & Gray


Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

Today I’m participating in my first ever online card challenge.  This one is the Color Hues Color Challenge #9:  Red & Gray.  The idea behind these challenges is that you use only hues of the given colors, along with any neutrals.

I love red and gray together!  I decided to make a square card using one of the adorable little elephants from Mama Elephant’s Flying with Friends.

I used my Copic Markers to color both the elephant and the balloons and mounted them on a Wonky Stitched Circle STAX die from My Favorite Things.

Copic Colors used:

Balloons:  R59, R29, R27

Elephant:  C1, C3, C5 and a bit of R20 for cheeks and ears

I used some designer paper I had in my stash as the background.

I white heat embossed my sentiment (Taylored Expressions Simple Strips – Birthday) on black cardstock and cut it out using the coordinating die.  I love using these simple strips because you can make several sentiments at one time and keep them for whenever you need a last-minute card.

Of course, I added a bit of bling using some red, silver, and pink confetti.

Every time I look at this card it makes me smile!

All the best,



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  1. carol

    Your little ellie with his balloons has planted a smile all over my face! He really is the star of the pretty stage you designed for him! Thank you for joining us at Color Hues!

    • Jean

      Awe! Thank you!

  2. Karen Walker

    Simply adorable! I love everything about it. That designer paper in the circle is great, and your coloring is wonderful! Thanks for joining us at Color Hues!

    • Jean

      Thank you so much!

  3. Kristie Goulet

    Cute card! Love that sweet elephant! Thank you for joining us at Color Hues!

    • Jean

      Thank you!


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I fell in love with card-making many years ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying out new techniques and finding the perfect color combination for whatever I’m creating.

By nature, I am an uber-organizer and a steadfast planner, but as you’ll see, my creations are much more fluid. And while I love color theory, the concept of lights and shadows, and the importance of depth and perspective – these are not things I worry about when it comes to my creations.

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