Challenge #191 is up at the Cut It Up challenge blog. The challenge is to use something related to snow on your project - snowflakes, snowman, snow angels, etc. - and of course, include a die cut on your project.
I used my Cricut and the snowflake border cut from the Martha Stewart Seasonal Art cartridge.
The snowflake border was cut from holographic silver cardstock. The cut actually has a background piece, too. I initially cut the background from a light blue glitter paper, but that was just too much when paired with the holographic snowflakes. The snowflake border showed up much better on plain navy cardstock. The sentiment is from Catherine Pooler Stamps and it was heat embossed in silver.
I signed up for the Coloring Challenge Road Trip class with Kathy Racoosin at Online Card Classes. The first class is about freeing up your options for choosing colors, and blending light, medium and dark shades. Kathy also talked about adding details with colored pencils after doing the marker coloring.
The stamp I used for my practice piece is from Gina K. It's actually a little small for a first try at floral coloring, but I gave it a go anyway!
The image was colored with Copic markers V12, V04 and V17 for the flowers and YG11, YG63 and YG67 for the leaves with just a little bit of E50 in various spots to add some contrast. After coloring the image with markers I added some emphasis with colored pencils in purple on the flowers and brown on the leaves. This should make a nice addition to a card.
The new challenge at CAS on Friday is to create a winter themed card. Here's my card for the challenge.
I stamped the snowman on white cardstock and colored his hat and scarf with Copics markers. Then I added some fluffy and sparkly snow with a dimensional snow glue and some clear Stickles. I sponged on some blue ink for the sky and added a diecut frame. The stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. and the diecut frame is from Paper Smooches.
Lasting Memories Challenge #479 is to use a new tool/technique/product on your page. I chose to use Gelatos. They aren't a new product and I've had some in my stash for over a year, but just haven't used them. This challenge was the inspiration to try them out.
I started with kraft resist background paper from Tim Holtz, and then swiped blue and green Gelatos over the paper til most of it was covered. Then I blended the stripes of color with brushes to get a subtle color blend and allow some of the resist print to show through. I added a few splatters of green and blue mist to the background before adding the photos. The title and large football were cut with my Cricut, and then I added a couple of stickers in the center. Hopefully it won't take me so long to break out the Gelatos again, lol!
We haven't seen much Winter weather in our area so far...it's been unusually warm for January. I think that's about to change, though, as cold weather is supposed to roll in next week! In anticipation of Winter and to start on this year's Christmas cards, I made this sparkly card.
The image stamp is from Northwoods and the sentiment stamp is from Winnie&Walter. I colored the trees with Copic markers, then sponged some grey and blue inks around the image and added Stickles to the trees and snow for some sparkle.