I have combined several challenges with this card. Firstly, the sketch is from Paper Players Challenge this week.
The main colour Orange was influenced by StampNation's Summer Kick Off Party Day 2 challenge which was "Hot, hot, HOT!" H, being for Heat Embossing, O for Orange and T for Twine. Can you spot all the elements?
Oh, and did you notice the use of Washi tape on this card? That's a sneak peek of the new product offering in the 2013-14 catalogue which goes live on 2 July! Washi Tape TIP: adhere the washi tape on plain white coloured paper if you are going to place it over a busy background. This way, the design (in this case, the yellow gingham pattern) will be clearly visible.
When I had finished, I saw that the card also meets StampNation's Challenge #89, which was to mix and match at least 3 different patterns on the card.
I learned from Noell Hyman a principle on mixing patterned papers. You can watch the video tutorial which is sent to you for free when you sign up to receive her email. Basically, scrapbookers may have rules they'd follow, like the geometric, floral and text rule (this is all news to me too, as I haven't scrapbooked before, at least not with the traditional 12x12 pages). Noell says the principle is actually very simple - Contrast. She explains it very clearly on her video, so I won't repeat it here :-)