26 May 2008

Challenge X2

I do seem to get motivated by challenges. This card was born from the drive to complete two challenges. The first is Allison's Clear Challenge and the second is ISC's color challenge.

Allson, of Stampin' When I Can, has been posting some challenges for a while, but this will be my first attempt to participate. Here challenge is to be "clear or mostly clear." So I used a TJ technique called Floating Sentiments, which uses acetate. I sure hope that qualifies for her "clear" requirement! :)

The second challenge was ISC' second card challenge, this one is a color challenge. So, from this:

I came up with this:

I have tried to take on Michelle's unique stamping style of using her VersaMarker pen and brayer before and, well, I didn't even try to make a card with it. (My DS did love it and asked for it before I threw it away! What a darling he is!!)

I randomly stamped the ISC images using StazOn Timber Brown, then used my Aquapen with SU ink pads to color the images. I did have some smearing when coloring and then some more when I used the VersaMark to emboss. As you can see, I need some more (okay, a lot more) practice! After I colored then embossed all the images I used my brayer to put a layer of color over then entire piece. It definitely shows where I over-wrote with the VersaMarker.

I placed the acetate layer over the top and added the silver brads, then added this to a brown folded layer. Ta-da!

Stamps: Friendship, Flair of Summer (ISC); Ink: StazOn Timber Brown & Olive Green, So Saffron, Bordering Blue, Certainly Celery, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa; Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Accessories: acetate, Snow White Paint Dauber, AquaPainter, 1/16th hole punch, silver brads, brayer, VersaMarker, Clear Emboss powder.

This next card is literaly a 15 minute card. Every time I start to think about selling my Dreams & Dragons stamp set I seem to need a young girl card and use it. I used shimmery white and stamped in StazOn Black. I used some stickles to add even more shine and colored with SU markers. Truly a quicky card! Thank goodness she is just turning 4 and won't look at it critically!

Stamps: Dreams & Dragons; Ink: StazOn Black, Ballet Blue, various SU Markers; Paper: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Shimmery White; Accessories: Crop-a-dile, SU eyelets, Stickles.