Sunday, 10 October 2010

A Challenging Sketch!

Phew!.. I finally got this card done! :) I made this card for the weekly Sugar Nellie PCP Forum challenge where this week the challenge was warm and christmassy.  I decided to kill two Sugar Nellie birds with one stone and use the Sketch over at the Sugar Bowl  by Tiets below:

On first look, this seems quite complicated, but I'm usually up for a challenge, so thought I would give it my best shot.  I approached this by hunting through my scraps box, and found some HOTP scraps (which I never throw away) and just played around with the layers for a bit to see which had the best impact.

I then did one layer at a time, and avoided 'over-matting', by opting to just stick the papers on top of each other, but matted just one piece and the main image with shimmer card.  This avoided it looking to over-done imo. :)  I used a pearl pin, a christmas sentiment from Crafty Bitz, mulberry holly leaves and some die-cut snowflakes attached with star brads.  The 'Joy' sentiment was from a bag of xmas buttons from QVC.

I used Adirondack ink for staining, green perfect pearls, and stickles pearl for the hand-muff.  The black dots are from peel-off cast-offs (the bits you dont use), and some white glitter on the coat trims.  I also hand-stitched the gold around the image.... Phew! :)

I will be entering this card in the following competitions:

Sugar Nellie PCP forum - Warm christmas colours
The Sugar Bowl - Tiets Sketch
Crafty Cardmakers - No Square Cards!
Ooh La La Creations - Nothing Floral
Wild Orchid Challenges - Stitching (hand-stitched panel)
A Spoonful of Sugar - Sparkle and Shine (shimmer card, glitter, stickles, perfect pearls and bling)
Passion For ProMarkers - Recycle Theme - I used scraps of paper, the star panels were from an old christmas card cut up, and the black dots are from the bits you throw away from a peel off sheet.
Totally Gorjuss - Not a square card
Allsorts Challenge - Song title - 'Joy to the World'

Good luck to everyone else in these challenges!
Many thanks for looking, and always thanks for comments, they are much appreciated


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