Friday, March 13, 2015
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog is having an "Anything Goes" challenge this week. Since I have been kind of remiss in making cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids lately, I decided to make one for them using a Bugaboo Stamps image. I liked the "You Rock" Circle Sentiment image, & figure it would be perfect for a kid, especially a teenager. Great for a general pick-me-up card! I paired it with a bonus sketch from Operation Write Home:
I sized the sentiment image in Photoshop to fit on a 4" circle, then printed it onto a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper. Since the circle extends above the top of the card base, I wanted something sturdy. I also chose Mixed Media Paper because I wanted to use my Inktense pencils to color the guitar & stars, which would require using a damp paintbrush. This paper just holds up to such things better than regular cardstock.
After I colored the guitar & stars, I used the smallest of Spellbinders' "Grand Circles" dies to trace a circle around the image. Then I cut it out with scissors. (None of the circle dies I have is exactly 4" in diameter, so I had to cut it by hand.) Finally, I inked around the edge with Vintage Photo Distress ink, just to provide a little definition.
For the card base, I chose a patterned paper from Kaisercraft's "Technologic" 6.5x6.5" paper pad. I thought the pattern looked something like a music equalizer readout, and the colors went well with the guitar as well. After adhering that to a 4.25" square card base, I glued the circle in place, making sure it would still fit in a standard A2 envelope. I cut a strip of a yellow striped paper from my scrap stash, and glued it to the card front. All that was left was to add a little shimmer to the stars with my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, and add Glossy Accents to the stars and parts of the guitar.