My friend Elle and I were discussing our stash of patterned papers and how sometimes it can be hard to actually use the paper because the designs are so pretty, or it’s limited edition, or discontinued…etc, etc. Time for that to change! We decided to create a challenge to get us to actually USE some of the paper in our stash. The challenge is to use a pad of patterned paper from our stash and make three cards. To make it a little more interesting we’ve decided we can only use one stamp set for all three cards (along the lines of Elle’s Stamp Trio Challenge).
I actually tackled this challenge in a different way from the way I usually create which has been an interesting (and rewarding) experience. I usually tend to grab a stamp, stamp it out and begin colouring it and THEN I decide which papers, design, etc, to go with. Sometimes that works really well but other times it can be a bit challenging. For this challenge I picked out the individual stamps from the chosen set which I want to use and then I flicked through the paper pad and chose a selection of paper which I thought might suit and finally picked out some matching cardstock. It’s like a little kit which is quite fun. (I love the idea of making up such kits to take off to a crop!)
Funnily enough, my first card is actually made with the papers and stamp I picked out last. lol When I first saw the little mouse on the moon I thought it would make the most darling “baby” card. The stamp set doesn’t come with any “baby” themed sentiments so I went with the “Make a Wish” sentiment because I kept thinking of the song “When you wish upon a star” as I coloured the image. I liked the idea of having just a little highlight of blue around the coloured image so I used a really pale blue copic marker and then “washed” it out a little using the Blender marker. Very happy with the look. The rest of the panel did look a little stark so I scattered on a few more stars, attached the sentiment and voila! a simple, cute card was made.
Here it is….
So now I’m off to make card two in the challenge. Wish me luck! 😉