Being home sick just makes me go nuts; I want to go back to work, but this cold is not going away. So, while perusing the current challenges with a cup of tea this morning, I stumbled across the “Cure for the Monday Blues” challenge for which the awesome Jennifer McGuire has done a video, too.
At first, I couldn’t really get a feel for the challenge photo, but then I challenged myself: in how many different ways could I interpret the photo (see bottom of this post) and with how many card concepts could I come up with? The answer: 5 card concepts (the 6th card was kind of a lucky accident) from 1 challenge. I documented the process of creating each of these cards and plan to finish off with a video for the sixth card. Sorry for not having video for the other five, but my voice is still pretty much gone.
So, this is my second post today because I want to squeeze in all the cards I made (between sneezing and coughing) before the challenge closes on Sunday – if you want to see my first ever card making tutorial on YouTube, please go here. Let’s start with my first card.
I finally got to use some of my new Mama Elephant and Winnie & Walter supplies on this card and did a lot of “monkey clapping” (trademark: Julie Ebersole) 🙂
- I printed out the inspiration photo and wrote down all the elements I could identify and sketched out cards that came to mind.
- I gathered all the inks, papers, and stamps I’d need for the card. That allowed me to go quickly through each step without having to go and hunt for what I needed.
- I stamped the balloons from the Clearly Besotted “Make a Wish” stamp set with two inks each, using a technique that Jennifer McGuire demoed a while ago called Two Tone Stamping and which I just adore. Basically, you create the illusion of dimension by stamping over a lighter color with a darker color and only inking up parts of the stamp for the second run.
- I used a mask to place my dies on the stamped balloons, making sure I’d have a (somewhat) even border around them.
- I applied some clear Wink of Stella to each balloon to make it spaaaaaarkle.
- I colored some white twine with acrylic paint because the white wouldn’t have stood out enough against the white card base. Afterwards, you reaaaaally need to scrub your fingers.
- I die cut all the layers of my front panel with the Mama Elephant “Femme Frames”.
- I realized that just the balloons and the sentiment wouldn’t make the card look awesome, so I grabbed my Simon Says Stamp stencil and added some dots all across the front panel in the challenge colors.
- I stamped the Congrats from Winnie & Walters “The Big, The Bold, and You” with Versafine on Vellum.
Close up of the upper part of the card: you can see the wonderful stitching which the Femme Frames apply. Also, the colors applied through the stencil add so much happiness to the card. I also squirted a tiny drop of glossy accents on each knot of the twine to make sure it doesn’t come undone.
I folded the vellum and adhered it to the back of my front panel; a great trick to avoid having to use glue on the front (it shows through the vellum). Since the Versafine ink wasn’t completely dry, I had some boo-boo’s on the vellum, but covered it up with Liquid Pearls in matching colors.
Hope you’ve enjoyed and will come back for the other 5(!) cards I did using the very same inspiration photo!
- Simon Says Stamp white card stock
- Stampin Up patterned paper (subtles collection)
- Clearly Besotted “Make a wish” stamp and dies
- Mama Elephant “Femme Frames”
- Winnie & Walter “The Big, The Bold, and You” stamps
- Simon Says Stamp stencil
- Distress Inks
- Versafine Onyx Black
- Liquid Pearls
- Wink of Stella clear brush
- Hero Arts Shadow Inks