Challenges are awesome … Awesomely Artistic!

Challenges are awesome … Awesomely Artistic!

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Challenges are awesome … Awesomely Artistic!  Usually I am creating for classes or card kits, so it is deliciously wonderful to create for pure pleasure sometimes. My card for the Global Design Project challenge #078 this week is such a card.

GDP078 Awesomely Artistic

It is great to have a starting point when you are sitting looking at a messy craft desk.

Messy messy deskAs a few of you know, I have had to “step back” a little bit this week … I had watercolour tools out from an abandoned project mid week, so used the Global Design Project sketch and just played with what was already on my desk.

GDP078 Sketch ChallengeThese wonderful flowers from the Awesomely Artistic set (Wood Mount or Clear Mount) have been white embossed twice onto Watercolour card. Watercolouring over the top with Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron ink colours highlighted the embossed flowers.

I really didn’t want to cover much of the background, so the circle element is Vellum die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The word “Thanks” is from the Hello You Thinlits and the white embossed “So Much” comes from the Crazy About You stamp set (This one comes in three options ….Wood Mount, Clear Mount, Photopolymer). I added a strip of Rich Razzleberry cardstock across the card to sit behind and highlight the white embossed words.

Awesomely Artistic for GDP078

Some tips:

  • I used re-inkers in a palette for watercolouring to achieve more intense colour. Add a few drops of each colour to the palette and then add water to dilute. Start by colouring over the flowers with the darkest colour (Rich Razzleberry), then add the Pink Pirouette and So Saffron, blending the colour where they meet. Go back and add more Rich Razzleberry to help blend the colours.
  • The watercolour card gets quite wet … when drying with heat tool, heat from the back to avoid burning the white embossing on the front.
  • And most importantly, wait until the piece is dry before making final judgement on whether it makes the grade. I hated this piece when it was wet.
  • When adhering the watercoloured piece to the card front, use Multipurpose Liquid Glue all over the back of the watercolour card to ensure it sits flat on the card front without buckling.
  • Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the back of the die cut “Thanks” word with a sponge to ensure even coverage all over, and place the word so it adheres the vellum circle to the card front.
  • I also applied a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the back the vellum behind the white embossed letters with a fine paintbrush, however the glue does show slightly no matter how much I tried to keep it behind the letters.  In hindsight, I may have been better to apply a couple of mini glue dots behind a the letters.

I had a lovely time creating this card and was very happy with the result.  I can even forgive myself the little bit of glue show through! 🙂

Close Up shots are scary

Whoa .. those close up shots can be scary!

Head on over to the Global Design Project site and check out the many different takes on this sketch from the design team and all the challenge participants. Each week this gallery provides a wonderful resource for inspiration and ideas.

GDP078 Awesomely Artistic


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