Monday, 20 January 2020
My First 'Pattern Background' Challenge Card
Good Monday Morning Ladies,
We were blessed with a glorious day yesterday, we had an extremely hard frost but the sun shone all day, it was a crisp, cold, beautiful Sunday! I hope that you were also blessed with the same weather, doesn't it make a difference to the day?!
We didn't to anything exciting, we had to go shopping for the essentials to get us through the first part of the week, we also managed to pick up an Oil Filled Radiator for my Craft Room from Home Bargains for a really good price, it makes so much more sense than heating the whole house, it's on wheels too so if I want to take it into the lounge I can move it quite easily. I tend to do my Groovi cards in the lounge as I find it easier as I can use one of the side tables and I am 'above' my work, where my craft desk is quite high so I end up really aggravating my back, now I can get my Groovi gear in my craft trolley, I can hook the Radiator to the back of my trolley and I got myself a crafting train to take me to the lounge! I can wait to try it out! (we did try the radiator when we got back from the shop and it heats up really fast and makes a huge difference in my chilly craft room).
Now onto my card, I sat and had fun playing with a few different 'pattern building' ideas, some worked great some weren't my favourites!!
I do love how this one turned out though, to create the pattern I taped a mask/stencil to my card base with low tack tape, I then took three colours of Distress Oxides : Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade & Ripe Persimmon, although it's hard to pick out the three colours (I'm going to say that it's my perfect blending😜😜thats to blame)!
I struggled when it came to the sentiment, I didn't want to cover up that lovely background to be honest. I decided to add the die cut 'Hello' but it looked lost, I didn't want to put a banner die cut under it as again it would hide the background. So I decided to colour a piece of card with the Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide, I cut it down to a narrow strip and angled one end, I placed that at the bottom corner and placed the 'Hello' die cut (I die cut three seperate pieces and glued them on top of each other, I covered the 'hello' with Perfect Medium (sticky ink) and covered it with Clear Embossing Powder, I heat set and dipped it straight back into the Embossing powder while still hot, heated again and dipped once more. I gives a real High Shine to the die cut and makes it look more of an embellishment.
I placed the 'Hello' just above the strip of coloured card and then added one of the stickers from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Chitchat Word Stickers, I chose 'Friend'. At first I thought the black word stuck out like a sore thumb but it really does work, gives a bit of a 'Trendy' look!! haha
I quite like how it turned out, I am really enjoying this challenge, I made quite a glittery mess mind, I didn't love the result though, so I have put it on the 'pending' pile!
I hope that you all have a lovely day today,
Love and hugs to all of you,