The challenge for October 4, in Splitcoast Stampers' "Hope You Can Cling To" card drive, is "Undergoing Renovation." The idea is to take a card that you have made in the past, and still like, and make another inspired by it. I chose this card, that definitely has a feminine vibe, and decided to make a masculine version.
To begin my "renovated" card, I stamped the outline star, from Hero Arts' "Year Round Sentiments," several times on a piece of white cardstock. Since I was going for a more masculine color palette, I used Distress inks in Twisted Citron, Blueprint Sketch, & Tea Dye. Once I finished stamping, I did my water splatters, adding a few drops here and there directly to the stars to "help" the bleeding, until I liked the look I got. I still felt it looked too "clean," though, so I blended Antique Linen Distress ink over the panel, to "grunge" it up a bit.
I chose 2 patterned papers from my scrap stash. I cut the blue star piece to 1/2" wide, and the stripe to 1/4". I adhered the main panel and my strips to the front of a white A2 card base. Then it was time to work on the greeting.
I used one of the greetings from the same Hero Arts set, and stamped it on a piece of blue patterned paper (also from my scraps), then heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail White embossing powder. I wanted to try something a little different (for me) on my greeting. One thing Carissa Wiley does frequently is to layer strips/banners of paper, and staple them together at one end. I like that look, so I cut two more banners from patterned paper, and used my Tiny Attacher to staple them behind my greeting strip. Finally, I glued that to my card.
I'm also entering this card in Through the Craft Room Door's "Anything Goes" challenge for October 20-26, 2015.