Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Elzybells Challenge #41 - Single Layer Card


ETA:  I just learned that this card won the Elzybells Challenge - woo hoo.  Thanks Elizabeth - I'm over the moon!!

Hello and welcome to my little world!

Over at the Elzybells Blog, Elizabeth is running her fortnightly challenge and this time the Challenge (#41) is:  a single layer card - you can embellish as much as you like, but no layers.  I whipped up this simple card this morning and it was super-quick to make.  I think it could be used for any sort of occasion: birthday, friendship, thank-you, or even Mother's Day.  Did you know that Elzybells now has a forum which is where we post our Challenge cards? 

First I measured the width of my embossing folder and put a pencil mark on my cardstock so I could make the scoring lines with my Martha Stewart Scoring Board before I did the dry embossing.  That way I could line up the embossing folder so it would be straight.  I did actually try it the other way round first, but I ended up with crooked lines so I used the card as a frisbee instead!   Trust me - the 2nd way is so much easier, and you can always re-score the lines if they get slightly mushed in the Cuttlebug folder.

The embossing folder is from a Cuttlebug set called: "Just my Type".   I really like these narrow folders - they are really useful.   I lightly chalked the embossing with purple, lemon and green chalks to match the colours in the image.

The image was coloured with Gamsol and Prismacolor pencils, then I lightly coloured around the inside of the box with blue chalk.  I was in a glittery-mood, so I added some very fine glitter to the tulips as well as on the yellow dots on the vase.  I used my Zig Platinum Pigment Pen to draw a faint grey line around the image to try and give it a little depth.

Lastly, I added the pearls although they look more pink in the photo than in IRL - trust me: they really are purple!  It would be fun to make a little set of these cards using the Spring Cubes set as a gift for someone maybe for Mother's Day or a Birthday.  I'll add this little idea to my list of things to do!  Sorry it's not a fantastic photo - the weather was so cloudy and dull here today which made photography rather difficult.

I am also popping this card into the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge of CAS56 - "It's Hip to be Square".   The great thing about Splitcoaster Challenges is that you can play anytime - there is no time limit - so over the course of time, you get to see a gallery full of lots of different ideas.

Thanks for stopping by!  Thanks to all my blogging friends who have been leaving such lovely and encouraging comments - they have brought me so much joy!  See you again very soon!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Elzybells Spring Cubes 20-015-CC clear set

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Gamsol, Prismacolor pencils, paper stumps, Kaisercolour chalks, .008 fine yellow glitter, Kaiser Pearls SB785 Lavender, Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Cuttlebug, 'Just my type' embossing folder set, Zig Platinum pigment pen, Cardstock:  white


PepPop said...

Really stylish card. Jaqui x

Margaret C said...

This is very pretty ! I love embossed images - I may need to get my hands on these cuttlebug ones !

Robyn said...

Hi Jo ! Gorgeous as always!! Love that stamp...where do you buy them from ?

debby4000 said...

Wonderful, adorable card.

Sarah said...

Really fab card! So simple but elegant!
xx :0)

Nerida said...

This is a lovely card, I really like the embossing and simplicity of the one layered cards.

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