Over the past week, we've had some marvelous challenge cards to case made by exponentially talented designers. I'm in awe over their creations, and my attempts...well, in my world, it's like trying to imitate Michelangelo, or DaVinci or Raphael. A super challenge!! Still, the opportunities were too alluring to resist, so I gave them a shot, or rather, a 'stencil'. Both designer's cards are 'bold' and confident in their colours and images; mine are subtle and a bit shy.
My first card is for TIME OUT Challenge #8: CASE Donna Mikasa With Your Own Twist
How stunning is her card, filled with vibrant colours and the eye-catching gold? Mine...well, I did try sponging, but the results were messy. Plan B: try out my new TH dot fade stencil, add a gold hello, a pink dragonfly (sparkly, but hard to see) and voila...my 'twist' on Donna's marvelous card:
My second card...oh my, but that was a challenge!! I wanted very much to do justice to this amazing card by Pamela Ho, whose card is the featured inspiration at CAS(E) Study Challenge #197:
Circles, black, vellum, the orange and gold focal point. Stunning. I tried several times to figure out a 'circle' approach, and let's just say that Mr. Recycle Bin needs to go on a diet, so filled is his tummy. I was just about to give up, when my previous card caught my eye. TH dot fade stencil came out to play again, and here's the result:
Although I added a gold embossed thanks and some stars, glossy-enameled, it still seems a touch "Halloweeny". In real life, the orange is brighter, and the black more grey-ish. Oh yes, since I'm still on a sponging kick (practice practice practice), the circle is sponged with one of my new SU inks. Not a dazzler, by any stretch, but I did want to let Pamela know she is incredibly inspiring, and my card is growing on me!
Speaking of sponging: anyone have some good tips on how to make the results more 'even'? I end up with splotches of darker spots, with 'edges' (despite using the round TH blending tool). Maybe I'm too heavy-handed...as in clumsy and awkward...although I may, on occasion, be stern, and a wee bit controlling, and, okay, a bit obstinate...*grin*
I'm also sharing at Addicted to Stamps and More: Anything Goes and Paper Crafting Challenge: Anything Goes
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