Hi crafty friends! It's Linda from A Blog Named Hero here with you today, and before I introduce our next challenge, I'd like to share a couple of announcements. First of all, this will be the final month our current Design Team is with us at A Blog Named Hero, and I'd like to thank Chaxi, LeeAnn, Caren & Seeka for their unwavering commitment and loyalty. Secondly, we have introduced our brand new Design Team! I know you'll love them, and it would be so great if you could join us over at A Blog Named Hero from the 15th onwards, to see their HELLO posts, as they introduce themselves to you.
And now on to our challenge! The challenge theme for you this month is...
A fun and easy way to start off the year, right?! I love a good Anything Goes, it means I can just have fun and craft without boundaries.
For today's card I wanted to create a scene. Boy did this one give me some hurdles to jump over, but I'm so pleased with the result.
I had the idea originally, to create a room scene, and use the Hero Arts Cling background stamps as a wallpaper kind of feature. It's hard to see in the photo, but I used the one called Lantern Pattern Bold Prints, which is no longer available, but many Bold Prints stamps would work! Sugar and Spice Bold Prints would be a nice print for wallpaper, for example.
I stamped the cling stamp onto some Pebble Hero Hues Cardstock, using Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink, to create a tone on tone effect.
I then stamped my images from Curious Cat and Hang In There Potted Plants with Intens-ified Black Ink and coloured them in with Copic markers. Rather than list them here (there are lots!) I took a photo of the colours I used.
I then fussy cut each of the images out and set them aside.
I wanted to create a table or similar, for the images to sit on, but realised I didn't have any stamps that would work, so I set about making my own wooden floor.
I coloured some white Copic-friendly cardstock using four Copic colours; E02, E35, E55, E57 which I swiped back and forth VERY lightly using the chisel nib, then a tiny swipe of W4 over the top to smooth everything out. I added some tiny knot details to make it look more like wood.
Next I cut the panel into strips, and adhered it down to a piece of typing paper, to create a wood floor look, I trimmed the ends and filled in any gaps.
I then wanted to create a skirting board (or baseboard) which I did with a tiny strip of white cardstock, and two very light grey Copic markers.
To complete the card, I pieced everything together, then ran it though my die-cutting machine, with a die from the Hero Arts Nesting Postage Stamp Infinity Dies set. I added a sentiment from the same potted plant set, because it made me laugh to think of the kitty being all innocent "Let's hang out?!" (before I eat you! ha!)
I mounted this panel onto some white cardstock, and then added that to a cardbase that I had coloured the edges of, in coordinating Copic colours (G21 & G24).
I hope you like it! I love how it turned out and despite the work it took, I'd definitely make it again!
Now head over to A Blog Named Hero to check out this challenge! I do hope you'll join us for the challenge -- and FYI this year we're starting the challenges on the 1st of the month, they'll run till the 26th of the month, with winners being announced soon afterwards.
See you there!
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