Wednesday, March 23, 2011

There She Goes... Standing Out from the Background...

Hello friends and follows, today I have three cards for you, all created for TSG Challenge 99 over that the There She Goes Clear Stamps Blog. and all using stamps by There She Goes Clear Stamps.  I totally LOVE this company!   The challenge was to create a one layer card that has images stamped in the same color as the card base (monotone) to create a background scene, and then stamp the main image onto a separate piece of cardstock. The main image must then be colored, cut out, and added to the monotone card base to complete the scene. The first idea that came to mind using the 'Puppy Love' set was already done by someone else, so I had think of something new.  In the process, three ideas came to mind.  The following three cards are the result.
This first card is for all of you java junkies out there, using 'Let's Get Together'.  I placed the two outline coffee bean images and stamped them multiple times using Close to Cocoa ink on kraft cardstock to create the background.  For the cup, I stamped the cup image and wrapper images on white and then on kraft cardstock, then paper pieced them.  I repeated this process with the circle and the sentiment on kraft and Garden Green cardstock.  Turns out I don't have a 7/8" circle punch which would have been perfect for the circle, I opted to go for a size larger, affixed it to the wrapper then popped the cup up with dimensionals on the base.  Funny how you find out what supplies you don't have when creating a card, I discovered I do not have any 5/8" brown grosgrain ribbon, I opted for some vanilla creme grosgrain ribbon and layered with forest grosgrain ribbon instead.  Card one, clap clap, done!  (that is a reference to the dealers at the craps tables in Vegas in case you are wondering).

For this second card I used TSG's 'Snowy Days' set.  I stamped two of the pretty snowflake shapes multiple times using Soft Sky ink on Soft Sky paper.  I just love this color, it is a light blue with just a touch of aqua, and lately I really like red and aqua together.  I stamped my snowboarding Polo, I mean puppy (the dog in the set looks so much like my friend Joy's pup named Polo) onto Gina K. Luxury cardstock, PERFECT for Copic coloring, and colored him in using Copic Markers.  I don't know if you can tell in the photo - but I went over the sunglasses and board with Spica pens to add a little sparkle and added a light 'swoosh' with a white gel pen behind the board.  Card two, clap clap, DONE!

This last card is probably my favorite of the three because (1) it has a puppy in it, and (2) it has the most color.  (I LOVE color!  You have no idea how difficult this challenge was for me because I SO wanted to color in that beautifully illustrated fireplace!).  The puppy and tree are from the same 'Snowy Days' set as above, the fireplace, fire and clock are from 'Home Sweet Home', and the winter framed picture & sentiment are from 'HSH - Holiday Additions'.  Something of note with this card - it was my first time ever using the masking technique (I KNOW!).  In order to make the fire look like it was in the fireplace (normally I would stamp it separately and glue it on, but that wasn't allowed in this challenge) I stamped it first on the kraft cardstock base and then on a tiny post it note, which was cut out and placed over the fire on the cardstock, then I stamped that gorgeous fireplace over it, neat huh?  Proud of me?  LOL!  I stamped the other elements to create a scene and took a fine brown pen and drew in a line between the wall and floor.  The puppy and tree were stamped onto Gina K. Luxury cardstock and colored in with Copic markers as well.  I added a little bit of gold Stickles to the star on the top of the tree and went over all the ornaments with Copic Spica pens for a little added sparkle (also discovered I don't have a dark blue bottle of Stickles, thus the resorting to Copic Spica pens, which are a lot easier and less messy to use than Stickles, but not quite as sparkly, they give a more subtle sparkle, still pretty).

So, which is your favorite?  Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and view my creations.  Have a great night!
~Crafty Math Chick

11 comments:

Emily Keaton said...

Hey, Meredith! All three of these are sweet, but if I must pick, I'd say that the last one is my favorite. It's so clever--and colorful. :)

Anita said...

Meredith, this was a challenge for me too. I did one but it didn't turn out as expected. I hope to do another try at this challenge. I love them all especially the coffee one.

torico said...

Beautiful cards, Meredith!

Meg said...

Wow, that last card is a stunner!! I love your coloring and the versamarked background makes it stand out all the more. He's such a cutie!

Joy said...

EEEEK! I love them all! Polo says he loves them tooooooo! :)

Holly aka Toy said...

*LOVE* all three, Meredith! I think my favorite is that crazy snowboarding pup, though. I have a thing for that image! Well done, girl!

Katie Skiff said...

Go girl!! These are fun... I haven't gotten to this challenge, it is going to be tough!

Crafty Cre8tions said...

These are fantastic cards!! I participated in my first challenge for TSG - b/c I just got my first sets of stamps!! LOVE THEM!!!!
I enjoyed looking at your cards :)
Maria

Laura Pryor said...

I love love love the coffee card!!! I love that you used the beans as the stamped background! I love doing that and you've done it great! What a fun card!

Tanya said...

Look at you busy busy girl, you got 3 done! I love them all but my fave is the last one, I love the puppy too, and Christmas, great little scene. I don't mask often either, but when I do I am so proud of myself, lol! Have a great weekend. :)

Wendy said...

My fave is the coffee one as I love coffee cards but the Xmas one rocks too!