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.
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!