I’ve been entering more paper-craft challenges lately, and I find that I think outside the card box and try things I’ve never done before. You’ll see more cards I’ve made for challenges in the coming weeks. While none of them won, I really enjoyed putting my crafting skills to the test.
I entered this card for two challenges on the Two Peas in a Bucket website as part a celebration for the Craft & Hobby Association‘s summer show. The challenges required the use of fabric and a pocket on the projects. I had the concept for this card already in mind, and I thought using canvas would fit well with its sewing theme. I also used a vellum envelope as a pocket.
I have canvas left over from a painting class I took in college. I used StazOn ink on the fabric because it seemed more vivid than traditional ink. When stamping on canvas, work quickly so as much ink as possible transfers to the fabric.
Since I designed patterned papers to use on my Valentine’s Day cards, I’ve been wanting to create another set. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I designed papers that show some of the latest trends in paper crafts:
Bling is always a good thing. I love using rhinestones, foiled and embossed cardstock and — messy as it may be — glitter.
A little glitter goes a long way. For this card, I accented the stamped image with green glitter, to make “Happy Birthday” pop. I also added a bit of shine with a green foiled cardstock, which might have been too much for this creation had I not layered a piece of solid-colored cardstock over it. I used a border punch to let some of the foiled paper peek through.
Adding glitter to something as detailed as a small, thin font requires two things: extra-fine glitter and a ballpoint glue pen. Be prepared for extra-fine glitter to get all over your workspace, like crafty fairy dust.
Neon colors are making a comeback, and it’s nostalgic for me. I loved the bright colors as a kid in the ’80s (neon blue was my favorite). When I see neon hues, I’m reminded of big pieces of jewelry, even bigger hair, shoulder pads and odd fashion all around. A-ha’s “Take on Me” plays in my mind, and I think of, like, Valleyspeak, you know?
Hero Arts held a challenge in July. The company offered three concepts for entry: a summer theme; a project featuring a technique that creates paper flowers; and a color theme of neon pink, neon orange and neon yellow. At least one Hero Arts stamp had to be used on each project.
The day I stumbled across the challenge, I had purchased a new Hero Arts stamp and really wanted to use it and neon colors for the contest. With a few days left to enter and ’80s hits running through my mind, I created this card, which also has a summer theme.
I had a lot of fun making this card, especially the “talk bubbles.” The best part? My card is one of the winning projects! I’m so excited!