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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Trying Something New


Phindy O'Neill's group on Papercraft Planet has the challenge to try something new. No, not a new image :), the challenge pushes a bit further than that. You must try out a new technique, tool or material. I've not been cardmaking that long, but I've been fairly adventurous and I've been racking my brains over this challenge. In the end, I've tried two new techniques so I'm pleased with that.

First, I realised that I have never attempted one of the easel cards that are so popular at the moment. I've even seen challenges specifically to make easels and for some reason I've shied away. There was a great tutorial on Splitcoaststamper's newsletter this week so I had no excuse.
I used Dawn's sketch from Papertake Weekly Challenge as the basis for the front of my easel card, love this sketch! And my second new technique came from the Copic Creations Challenge, which is being sponsored by Phindy this week. The challenge is to use ethnic skin tones in a project, all too often we reach for Caucasian colours for a card and never think to use anything else. When I looked through the images I have, it dawned on me that I've never coloured in an image as anything other than white. Mmm... quite shocking and thought provoking. I notice that both Mo Manning and Phindy O'Neill provide a variety of images, black, white, Asian and they seem very aware of this, no doubt because they're both children's book illustrators. So the second new technique just happened thanks to me reading the Copic Creations Blog.

I used Phindy's image Setting The Stars, colouring with Copics then cutting it out and decoupaging it onto Stampin' Up DP. OK the decoupage wasn't in the plan but the colours bled a bit from my angel's feet and this was a rescue mission :). The sentiment is a Woodware stamp and the inside sentiment comes from Imagepac. As the tutorial suggests I've added a border as a kind of "stop" for the easel, using a Martha Stewart punch.
For some reason my photo doesn't show how raised up the angel is, I've used silicon glue and she looks so pretty against the background.

12 comments:

  1. you really did nail the challenges in this card! it's wonderful...I've never tried the easel either!

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  2. Gorgeous card- this challenge is on my 'to do' list...not sure I will get to it. Your coloring is wonderful!!! I certainly need to practice and what better way than the Copic challenges!

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  3. Beautifully done! I just love the colors you used and the blending is awesome!

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  4. Great card Anne. Well done for trying something new!

    Lisax

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  5. Hi Anne! Sure glad u were reading the Copic Creations challenge! This is awesome! Thanks for joining in on the challenge! :)

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  6. GREAT job!!!! I love easel cards and yours looks darling!

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  7. Love the easel card. I too have been trying to make some cards with different skin tones. I've not been as successful as you, yours looks wonderful. You are right Mo's has quite a selection of great images that are perfect for this. Great job with the challenge!

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  8. beautiful card Anne! lovely coloring on your star angel!
    Pam Going Postal

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  9. Very nice. You rose to the challenge beautifully!

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  10. What a darling card, Anne. You did a great job with your coloring. Thanks for joining our Copic Creations challenge.

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  11. Wow! Your card is beautiful, and your coloring of this adorable angel is perfect. Great job on this challenge. THanks so much for joining us at the Copic Creations Challenge. I hope you can join us again. hugz Mary

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