Two Challenge Cards And One Other

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I’ve finished a small number of cards yesterday, some of which I created with a view to entering them into some challenges.  I then went looking to see if I could find a couple more challenges I could enter them into, by which time I was too tired to finish writing this blog post.  I’m not always sure that I’ve got the themes and rules absolutely correct. So, if you have come from a challenge blog please disregard my entry if I’ve messed things up and the card under the challenge name doesn’t match the requirements.



(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

Challenge Card One

When I think of spring I think of blue skies, and birds singing in the branches, and flowers growing, and that is what has been the inspiration for this first card.

I’ve decided to enter this card into the following challenges (remember to click on the thumbnail images to see them larger):

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  1. Finch on Branch Stamp by Janette Padley, Spring Flowers Digital Stamp by Janette Padley and Duel – Sky 1 Backing Paper by Kirsty Green (I printed the finch digital stamp, at smaller than the size provided, out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  I also printed out the spring flowers lots of times, at a variety of much smaller sizes onto the same card-stock, and again coloured them in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: beak and feet – Gold; branch – Cinnamon, Cocoa; bird – Tan, Cinnamon; flowers – Yellow, Tulip Yellow, Gold; stems – Grass.  I then cut out all these elements close up to the image – not the brightest idea I’ve ever had, even on a good day, because it took ages, with lots of stops and starts, and my hands and arms were very sore indeed afterwords.  I know that small, fiddly cutting is difficult, sometimes impossible, for me, but I still get these urgges to design layouts that need fiddly cutting – Oh Dear!  perhaps one day I’ll learn to think before I print.  I printed out the dual sky background onto good quality 120gsm white paper.  I made a stepper card out of pale green Adorable Scorable cardstock, using my Hougie Board to score lines for folding and cutting.  I used a craft knife and metal edged rule to cut the two inside lines either side of the central panel.  I took a die-cut frame and a trellis from my crafting stash and stuck them together using Tonic glue, sticking a panel of the palest sky background behind before trimming to the shape of the frame.  This was stuck to the front of my card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used finger-lift tape to attach two panels from the darker of the two dual sky backgrounds to each side.  The green “wings” to the blank greetings panels are waste from the trellis coloured with the same green ProMarker I’d used for the flower stems and the oval greetings panel came from the same kit which I edged with the same yellow I’d used as a main colour on the flowers.  I shaped the cut out digi-stamps and stuck in place using glue gel. )
  2. This is an angled view of the same card to show that I’ve introduced dimension to the cut out digi-stamp images.
  3. A closer look at the coloured in bird.

Challenge Card Two

I’ve decided to enter the following card into a few of challenges as well.  It’s a quirky, fun, card made for somebody who’s done well at school:

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  1. Resting Place – Dragon Stamp  by Janette Padley and School Daze Mini by Janette Padley (I took several elements from the School Daze kit, together with the digi stamp, into one of my graphics packages and positioned everything how I wanted for an 8″ square sort of scrapbook page card front, but placing the digi-stamp in the frame rather than a photo.  I added the sentiment “Genius At Work!” to the chalkboard element in white in a handwriting font.  I then printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I coloured the digi-stamp in using my ProMarkers, choosing colours of yellow, red and green to match the pencils on the frame element.  The colours I used were: hair – Cinnamon; skin – Vanilla; dragon – Grass, Forest Green, Yellow, Tulip Yellow; tights and clothes – Lipstick Red, Ruby; outline shadow – Pastel Blue.  I created a 21cm square card from a sheet of green Satin Board and a sheet of white 300gsm card-stock, using my Hougie Board to score and sticking together using Template Tape before cutting off the excess.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the card front to my base card.)
  2. A closeup of the coloured in digi-stamp.
  3. Closeup of the sentiment written in white on the blackboard element from the kit.  The dimension on the card is all created with shadows in the software, the actual card front is totally flat.  With no fiddly cutting at all, this card wasn’t difficult to make at all.

And One Other

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  1. musical roses rounded edge pyramid by Karen Wyeth (I printed the sheet out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces. I used a a roller glue tape pen to attach the base layer to a sheet of gold coloured Adorable Scorable cardstock and trimmed around it to leave a border of an eighth of an inch using a Perfect Layers ruler as a guide.  I prepared a base card from an A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable card-stock in a colour to match the fine borders on the topper.  I stuck the matted base image layer directly to this towards the top.  I used  1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each of the other layers in order.  I made some paper roses from ready cut spirals, coloured in a soft pink, Pink Mittens ProMarker to go with the roses in the image, and stuck to the bottom right of the topper using glue gel.  I’ve stuck one of the smaller images on the back with a roller glue pen, and have kept the other to put on the insert.  I’ve left space at the bottom for a greeting panel to be added, but as I don’t know what language it will be needed in yet I’ve left it blank for the time being.)



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