It is Friday, which means it is card making fun day. School is back in swing for most of the country now, which means those awesome card challenge groups that take a summer break are back and I am all kinds of happy to see them up and running again.
So lets no wait any longer, lets jump right in.
Up first is one of those challenge groups that is back after a summer break. This week Inspired By All the Little Things has a beautiful and bright sunflower inspiration challenge.
I know the print the challenge is inspired by is more of an oil paint
type piece, but for me, I was so inspired to work out my creativity with a bit of watercolor. I pulled out a great large sunflower stamp from Stampendous and with some creative masking stamped out my flowers onto some watercolor paper. Then using my Prima Marketing watercolor confections in tropical, I watercolored the whole image trying not to be too tight about my color placement. I trimmed the paper up a bit and added some blue and black card stock to the card just to ground the image. Finally using some black ink I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp pack and called it a day. There were several moments with in the watercoloring I almost scraped the whole thing, but I just kept working the image and in the end, I think I really got something pretty that reflects the vision I was trying to achieve.
Up next, the design team from The Paper Players has challenged us with a theme challenge. This weeks theme is…circles.
I went with a ‘spookie’ holiday circle card. I’ll be honest, I tried to do one with
a lot of circle images within the circle card, but it was so bad that I seriously had to scrape the whole thing and try again. I however really like where the second card went. I cut out two circles from card stock from some Little B circle die, and adhered the two circles together so the card could open in a normal way. I created a little scene using a great witch stamp from CC Designs and other halloween stamps from Graphic 45. (I secretly thought if I added the pumpkins I would sneak in a few more circular elements.) I pulled out my Prismacolor colored pencils and went to town coloring the image. I am not crazy about how the background came out, I think I needed a few more layers of color, but other wise I like the card.
Up next is another group that is back after a long summer break. Always Playing with Paper’s The Challenge is back and this week they have a super cute sketch challenge.
Since it is September, I am all about my halloween cards at the moment and I thought this sketch could be perfect for a stamp set combination I have been wanting to use. I pulled out a Graphic 45 stamp pack and started building the scene, masking off
what I needed to when I needed to. I used the broom to be the paper design in the sketch, but I think it worked, or at least sort of. So one of the things I have been working on lately is using my copics to build nice backgrounds. I colored the stamped images with the copics with no problem, and I think I got the circular moon alright, but the back ground was a little more difficult. I struggled with my grays in the beginning, but in the end, I took the time it need to make what I think in the end looked like a cool looking night sky. I trimmed the card a little and added some black card stock to the top of the card, and added a few crystals behind the broom so there could be a bit of sparkle. I added just a touch of wink of stella to the moon, and used my glitter pen to highlight the sentiment and the spider web. I wish the sparkle photo graphed because it really added something to the whole card.
This week the sleuths of design over at Can You Case It have a great little sketch for us to find a solution to. It really is one of those sketches that gives way to anything you want, so I went with it.
I pulled out a Santoro Gurjuss girl stamp and some Graphic 45
pumpkins and stamped out a scene onto some watercolor paper. I pulled out my Derwent Watercolor pencils and started working the image, layering my colors. I pulled out some clean water and a watercolor brush and wet the colored pencils, coloring in the light areas first and working my way out to the dark. I stamped in the bats and the sentiment from the Graphic 45 packs, and pulled out some printed colored paper and placed it under the watercolor paper. I punched a little hole into the papers and added the bow, and assembled the whole thing to an A2 card. Yes, the card is simple, but isn’t it Halloween Happy?
Finally today we have a little christmas card challenge from the elves of design over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. This week they have a sketch challenge, that I unfortunately took too literally.
I pulled Recollections holiday stamp pack and stamped out three
images onto some white card stock. Then I colored those three images in with my copics, really liking the coloring job this time. I then trimmed out the images and set them aside. This is where we sort of feel off the rails. I pulled out some holiday paper and started trimming things up and adhering it all to an A2 card. I put the images onto the card with some dimensional tapes so they would pop up. Like I said…I just took things too literally. It is a nice card…and that’s it…it is just nice. It is nothing special. But I do like the coloring, especially on the reindeer.
That is all for today…cause five isn’t enough anything. I hope everyone has great plans for the weekend, and that you all have a chance to do something creative.