Card making

Hello Card

Happy Tuesday everyone! Let me start by saying this is the first cardmaking challenge I have ever entered, but I decided maybe it was time to branch out and have a go. There are so many challenge blogs out there that it was difficult to choose, but in the end I went for this one as I liked the look of the sketch. By nature I am a competitive person but it is still a bit nerve wracking to share my work in such a way. Sharing it on here is ok, it’s a ‘safe’ place-if I don’t like a comment it won’t get published. But putting it in a slightly different arena (the word arena sounds a bit extreme for the gentle art of cardmaking though!) seems odd, I am opening myself up to feedback which is out of my control.

Anyway, on to the card itself. When I saw the diagonal sketch I immediately thought of my new hexagon embossing folder and bumble bee stamps. I embossed white card diagonally and chalked with metallic gold chalk for a bit of sparkle. I then stamped the bee on to card and coloured it with chalks. I love chalks, they are fab because if you make a mistake you aren’t committed in quite the same way as if you used pens or paints. Also they give a subtle effect, though my bumble bee is a bit too subtle for my liking-I might brave it and use pens next time. I then tried a new technique-heat embossing the whole stamped image by pressing it into my Versamark pad. I often heat emboss stamped outlines but this was my first go at embossing such a large area. I liked the little bit of shine which it added! A couple of little flowers finished it off, hopefully without being over embellished.

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I really enjoyed making this, it was fun to try a challenge and try to establish my own style. I might even attempt a few more in future!

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16 thoughts on “Hello Card

  1. I’m so glad that you chose our challenge for your first go! It’s quite an honour. I love your diagonal hexagons with the chalk – I’ve never used chalk, I will have to look into it. Thanks for the idea. The bee is downright adorable! Thanks for joining us at CAS Colours & Sketches – I hope that you’ll come back again soon. Liz x

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  2. Thank you for choosing our site for your first challenge. I really like the hexagon stripe and the little bee buzzing over it! A lovely take on the sketch. Hope to see you again soon! Thanks for joining us at CC&S this week. Caro x

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  3. Very happy that you put your toe in the water with our sketch. You’ve done a great job, love the little bee. Hope to see more of your cards in future challenges and thanks for joining in at CC&S
    Louise x

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