I was thrilled just before Christmas to find that I had been chosen in the Top 3 for their recent "Letters challenge" with my Daisy accordion card. CVC have a rather nice idea of offering their Top 3 the chance to appear in a later challenge as a Guest Designer (GD)...I think this is great as I cannot commit to regular DT work as my job has to fit into my life in some way. I really enjoy making GD cards. For CVC I decided that as my winning card was an accordion card and I really like making these, that I would make one for my GD spot. I have made monochrome cards in black/greys and sepias but I decided to do something really different and use my favourite colour...blue. Now that posed a slight problem as I wanted to use one of my oldest favourite stamps, Dandelion Clock by Lili of theValley but I have never before coloured a whole image in blue. This was also going to be a really special card as it is for my daughter's birthday in March.
I thought I would share my creative process as many of you really like my accordion cards and are probably intrigued to see how they are made.
I started off by choosing a deep blue for my my base card and cut out my 4 panels. I then made my backing papers by getting inking with my Distress inks (DI) I bought a new blue, Chipped Sapphire which is a really deep colour.
I only had a couple of pale blues DIs so I bought a new colour ink pad, Chipped Sapphire (from Countryview Crafts as they always have free postage and are really reasonable. I also originally bought my accordion die there which is how I found their challenge blog) . This is a really gorgeous deep blue and my fingers looked spectacular that day even after washing. My Hb asked me how I had bruised my fingers ;0)
I made 2 sheets of backing papers and after they had dried overnight I cut out the inner panels. I then got inky with some really old PSX floral stamps and some itsy bitsy tiny floral stamps from about 10 years ago. I very nearly recycled these stamps a few years ago, in fact they failed to sell on Ebay...moral of the story...hang on to ALL crafty stash as you never know when you will need it.
I also cut some of my favourite Cheery Lynn butterflies out from the same card and distressed the edges of everything with Chipped Sapphire DI
I recently won the Cheery Lynn challenge and for part of my prize I chose these amazing flowers to add to my leaf border die I already own. You can see I am rather a fan of their dies.
The next big challenge was how to colour up my sweet fairy Dandelion Clock. I usually colour with Promarkers but I struggled with the blues so I looked at my Prismacolor pencils and found I had 3 blues and a white to use.
Undeterred, after a few attempts I was delighted how my little fairy came out. I blended the blues with Sansodor and used the white to highlight
It was then the daunting task of fussy cutting her out as she did not fit on my panel unless I did so.
You will also see my finished butterflies in these photos.
Here goes.................the light was awful when I took this photo, she is much prettier in real life. I have never coloured hair blue...I really like it. I also added some Glamour Dust to sparkle her wings, flowers and dandelion
So with all the elements made it was time to get creative and put my design together.
Here are a few peeps...
After lots of moving things around and changing the order here is my finished card...............
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Lili of the Valley anything goes
Natalie and Amy one for the girlies
Artistic Stamper love is in the air
Emerald Faeries things with wings
Feeling Crafty butterflies
Whimsy stamp challenge something new my new is the chipped sapphire Distress Ink and the Cheery Lynn flower die
Sparkles show us your new stash my new stash is the chipped sapphire Distress Ink pad and my Cheery Lynn blossom die
Deep Ocean birthdays
Pan Pastel UK anything goes
Crafting for all season's For the Girls
Craft Room Challenge Age of Aquarius I have used water based inky techniques to make my papers
The Cutie Pies Blue
Crafting from the heart anything goes/fancy folds
Divas by design anything goes
Winter Wonderland Butterflies
Crafty catz monchrome
Die cut Divas Make it glitter
Thanks for visiting me here and thank you to CVC for having me as your GD today. Have a lovely weekend.
Bye for now.