Thursday, April 30, 2009

MTTC 01 & CPS 113 & IAP1

Combining three challenges into one card is kind of fun! Now I know why some people create their own challenge of seeing how many challenges they can combine into one project. I always think that I cannot do that, but evidently, I'm wrong!

I combined Lauren Meader's first color challenge with Card Positioning Systems weekly sketch challenge with a challenge at the Stamp Shack for Ink-A-Polooza this week.

Would you believe that I do not own a single sheet of darker gray cardstock?! Oh the horror!!! But, I did dig out a piece of corrugated gray........not sure what to call it....thicker than cardstock and thinner than cardboard and a squishier consistency than tag board. I bought a multi-color pack of the stuff back in 2000 when I started scrapbooking. Maybe I ought to find a 'use your stash' challenge since its nine years old!!

Colorful simplicity was the name of the game here. The whole card is created simply with layers of cardstock, the stamped image popped up on 1/8" foam squares, and a little tiny bling with some Spica glitter pens. First I traced the word 'thanks' with silver. Then I went back over it with red. I discovered a little trick when I did this. When I decided to use the red over the silver, I dotted the red pen with little tiny dots right next to each other. It then looks like a line drawn, but the sparkle effect is amazing!! Whatever sparkle you think you are getting with your Spica glitter pens, try dotting with them and you'll be amazed at just how much more sparkle there is. I am without much sun right now as we are expecting rain (please, please, please rain! its been Very dry here this season), so I don't think I'm capturing the difference here. That might be something I'll have to do though in the near future. :> In the meantime, if you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see the sparkle a lot better!

Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Spring Rain, Pure Poppy - PTI; corrugated gray - Stash
Ink: Charcoal Chalk ink - Colorbox
Stamp: Lexicon of Love - SU
Other: Red & Silver Spica Glitter Pens - Copic


  1. This card is beautiful--simple and full of many elements all in one. I love the corrugated gray especially!

  2. You DEFINITELY captured the sparkle! And what a beautiful card! It's wonderful Karen! I LOVES me that old stamp, it's one to keep for the ages! You made it sing! THANKS! hee hee

  3. Well miss multi tasker! This turned out truly fabulous...good thing you didn't have any gray cs, the corrugated looks so cool! I did check out the big picture and your glitter is LUSCIOUS :) Nicely done....and we got our rain for sure didn't we?

  4. Terrific combo of challenges. Cool corrugated paper background.

  5. Love the corrugated paper. How cool to be able to combine 3 challenges into one. I have only recently realized that there are multiple challenges going on. I found CPS awhile ago and 3 others in the past week. It's an amazing bloggy world out there.

  6. I like your card! It is very pretty and simple... I like simple. Thanks for commenting on my blog! :-)

  7. Great colour combo, I have this stamp and now you have given me the urge to dig it out and play...
    en x

  8. I love the bling! I bet IRL this is really sparkly! Great job combining all the challenges! You go girl! Treat yourself to some dark gray paper! ;)

  9. Fab job combining the challenges! I love the bit of sparkle you added.

  10. Wellwell, I seem to get into a comment overflow on your blog now. I was sure I´d made comments on you last two cards, but I can clearly see it was all in my mind....

    Yet again you have made a stunning card. It´s so simple, but still very powerful. I think I have to get me some corrugated cardboard. It looks so sleek! (And I mean that in the best sense of the word!)



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