If you're a stamper and you like challenges, or you're new to the idea of challenges and want to give one a whirl, I invite you to participate with The Challenge Chicks! We're a small group of friends and stampers hosting monthly challenges. Won't you join us?!
Our challenge for April 2014 has been issued by Kelli! The challenge topic is Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone (a Miss You card)!
I used all kinds of things to create my card! The butterfly embellishment was made using the new Sizzix "Heart Pendant" Bigz die, by Brenda Walton. I used part of some Sizzix clear packaging, die cut the butterfly shape twice, added a few white spots to one of them, and adhered them together with foam adhesive. I added a button to the center, threaded with hemp twine.
The butterfly is adhered to an office tag that I tea dyed. I use a lot of these tea dyed tags during the holidays. Also attached to the office tag is a hand-cut fishtail banner. The sentiment stamped on the banner is from my Everyday Sentiments cling mount set, from Whipper Snapper Designs. I added a hand-dyed seam binding bow to the top of the tag.
The background of the card is painted, stamped, and inked watercolor paper. I was experimenting with one of my Yarka watercolor pigment pan sets last night, and created a sheet of randomly colored squares. I thought the squares created an interesting color pattern, so I cut the sheet down and used part of it on my card. For added interest, I inked the edges with brown Distress Ink, stamped it with the Impression Obsession Script Cover-A-Card rubber stamp, added a couple of postmark stamp impressions, and finally added some white gesso splatters.
I had fun making this card -- a bit different from my "usual".
Now, get yourself a good dose of inspiration and check out the rest of The Challenge Chicks projects:
You'll find this month's challenge gallery on SplitCoastStampers using keyword CHXAPR14. We invite you to play along! Upload your project to your SplitCoastStampers gallery, add the keyword above, and your project will be automatically added to the gallery. Or join us on Facebook!
We look forward to seeing your projects!
Stamps: Script CAD (Impression Obsession); Everyday Sentiments (Whipper Snapper Designs); Postmark (Hampton Arts)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Distress Inks
Paper: Fabriano 100% Cotton Cold Press Watercolor paper, Neenah, Office Tag
Dies: Sizzix Heart Pendant
Other: Button, Seam Binding, Gesso, Yarka Watercolor Pan Set