Hi again, it seems as though I’m going crazy for challenges but it could be great feedback for newbies like me. No, none of these challenge sites actually give you feedback. But when the designers don’t choose your card…that is feedback isn’t it.? This is another blog site that creates challenges for their designers as well as invites anyone to play along. Now, some of these blogs also have stores and so the designers use the products that are sold in their stores. I like both kinds because it’s all inspiration. Right? Back to this challenge.
Above is the sketch for this website/blog. I just found this site recently and it was a Godsend. Why? Because I tend to over decorate or over complicate my cards. I will post some examples in a later post. Believe me you’ll see what I mean.
Now for how I made this challenge entry card. I had made the rose earlier this week. It was inspired by a YouTube video that I watched actually accidentally. Karen Aiken, a designer team member for Elizabeth Craft Designs, had used a product called PanPastels to create a beautiful background for one of her cards. The colors were so blended and cool I wanted to know what the heck she used and how. I searched YouTube and their was a demonstrator at the CHA convention demonstrating how to use PanPastels to color the pieces within a flower. I rue the day I saw this video because then I wanted to make flowers and color the pieces the way she did. That little devil demonstrated this fabulous tool kit that allows you to manipulate the petals and leaf pieces to also make them look more real. I call her a “devil” because after watching the video, I went right over to Amazon and bought both products which blew my whole months craft budget! Yikes!
This card measures 5.5″ x 7″. I added a second layer of white that measures 5″x6.5″ and embossed it. The Aqua tags and pink striped banner are actually from a package of card stock that was the first time I ever made a card (referenced in my first post). The sentiment was created on my computer. The rose and butterfly were created with my Silhouette.
Materials and products used:
White cardstock from Staples
Pink and green cardstock: Recollections
Dew drop on the rose is a product called 3D Crystal Lacquer. I bought it at stampsbyjudith.com I love this stuff and don’t know where else you can find it. It makes a great glue for attaching stuff to your cards that are a little weighty. It dries crystal clear hence the name.
I thank you for stopping by and I hope you learned something.