This Saturday (yesterday) was World Cardmaking Day. I just love being a part of a bigger event... don't you? It is such fun to look forward to the contests and sketches posted on company websites and even personal blogs, and it always gets my creative juices flowing. This year I hoped to come up with several cards, but as I've had strep throat this week, I was glad to be able to finish one... and I must say I love how it turned out!
I searched Twitter for posts on WCMD, looking for challenges at first.. and mostly, what I found was blog hops. I typically prefer making cards to blog hopping, but hey - there were prizes involved! - so I took a few minutes to hop through a couple, and it really was fun. So many of the cards got me excited to work on one myself. So finally I found a sketch on StampingBella's "BlogaBella"... I thought hey, I could do this. The sketch was simple: Square card (I deviated), round focal point in the center (again, I deviated) with a banner across one corner (I managed to stick to that one!)
I really wanted to be able to combine challenges/sketches, but I couldn't find anything to combine it with and it work with what I was already planning in my mind for the background of the card, so I just decided to keep it simple and focus on this sketch. Thanks for the starting point, Em! :)
Here's the sketch from BlogaBella's Bellariffic Fridays for October 4:
I started with picking ONE - yes ONE pack of patterned paper (Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket) and created my background by piecing hexagons I cut using my Fiskars hexagon punch (love!)
Next, I stamped Ms. Lulu ("Lulu's Morning Fix" by StampingBella, of course) and colored her with Copic markers. She would serve as my not-so-circle focal point. I decided she looked a little lost on my hex background, so I used foam adhesive to layer some kraft cardstock behind her, and I fussy-cut around the stamped image - turned out well, I think.
For the banner, I used Stampin' Up!'s "Heart to Heart" punch (love!) and edged the hearts with Distress Ink in Tea Dye, did some faux stitching with a fine-tipped Sharpie, and layered them with foam tape on top of my burlap twine banner (which I secured using Glossy Accents.)
Inside, I used the sentiment from the Morning Fix stamp set and the Small Deckled Rectangles die set from Spellbinders, along with a few more patterned paper from the Salt Air pack.
I had such fun making this card and hope you enjoy it! Sadly, once I submit it to the World Cardmaking Day Contest, I won't get it back - but I think she's a good enough submission she might just be worth the loss! (Or... I could just make another to send to a friend! :) )
Thanks for stopping by!