The Paper Players are celebrating their 200th challenge. Woo hoo! I’ve been actively participating in challenges with The Paper Players since 2012 and served as a Guest Designer for six months in 2013. What a fun and talented group! To celebrate their 200th, each designer selected a past challenge and created a new card for that challenge. That’s SIX challenges for us to choose from this week. Yippee Doodle Dee!
I chose to accept Ann Schach’s challenge this week and made a one-layer card. I do love the challenge of a one-layer card. Here’s my card:
- Birds. What is it about birds in a nest? We have an immediate emotional reaction to them, don’t they? Birds in a nest take me to a safe place – make me think of home. Some people love and collect birds, while others are petrified of the flying animals. Some (and you know who you are) only like images of birds if they can see their feet, while others can’t put enough birds in their card creations.
- Masking to Create Layers. To create this look, I cropped a bunch of ovals with the Ovals Collection Framelits. I used the cropped ovals and the negative images to sponge blues all over the card front. After I completed the sponging, I stamped the central image and sentiments, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it all up properly. Sponging creates a beautiful look, but it doesn’t always photograph well. So that you can see how beautiful this looks in person, I’m going to mail it to you – take a look, and then mail it back. One-by-one, I’ll mail this to everyone so you can all see it in person. The things I do for my friends.
- Balancing it All Out. When you look at the front of a card, your brain wants everything to balance. Color, texture and white space all play into the balance of the card front. In order to balance the weight of the birds and trees, I stamped the sentiment just outside the center oval – the sentiment crosses into the Soft Sky border. The things we do for our art.
Stamp Sets: World of Dreams, A Dozen Thoughts Papers: Very Vanilla Inks: Soft Sky, Night of Navy Accessories: Ovals Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Sponges
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TOMORROW. Just wanted to give you a heads up – I was so inspired by the challenges at The Paper Players this week that I’ve made TWO cards for this week’s challenge – one for the Single Layer card challenge, and one for another challenge. Please come back tomorrow to see what I made for the other challenge. 🙂