Friday, 29 January 2016

Paper Smooches January Challenge - Card 2


The challenge for January 2016 is any four colour combination (neutrals are "free"!).   Click HERE to visit the challenge page!  It runs all month long so join in the fun!  You only need to use at least one PS die or stamp.  Click HERE to visit the Paper Smooches web page.


I had the idea of using some of the paper pads and sets of DSP from the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue which was released on 5 Jan.  I chose the It's My Party paper pad this time.

Paper Smooches products I used were the stamp sets Super and Party Posse along with the dies Super 2 and Bam Bubble.

My colours for this challenge were pink (Melon Mambo), pale green (Mint Macaron), Yellow (Crushed Curry) and silver and black, grey and white for neutrals.

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 The alternative name for this project could be "What Not To Do" and it's a card I'll definitely come back to and improve on at some point. :-/  So why blog it?  I find that learning from mistakes and the error part of "trial and error" are just as important as when things do go right.  Often art and craft involve experimentation and you can't grow and develop if you don't try new things.  So here's what I learned and I look forward to trying again and again until it looks the way I imagine.


I had some ideas using a superhero bursting out of the bam bubble, in a night sky over a city.  I liked the look of the confetti print on black for the sky and plain grey cardstock buildings using patterned yellow paper inside the windows was fine too.  Even the bubble looked OK.  That's when things went downhill.

Firstly, I wanted to switch out the head of the hero.  Sounds like an odd thing to do, but the retro, slightly old school face of the hero just wasn't doing it for me and when I thought about a suitable substitute, naturally a CAT came to mind.  The pretty kitty from the Party Posse set was probably the best option.  After I cut out the head and body. they just didn't look right together, but I was determined to make them work.

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My first mistake was to stamp them with archival ink instead of memento since I wanted to colour with Copic markers.  I didn't notice my mistake til I started to colour and the ink started to run.  I figured I'd switch to Inktense pencils which aren't ideal on X-Press It Blending Card.  Head/Desk.

See by now most people would have seen the big flashing light telling them to re-stamp the image and figure out an alternative to the hybrid hero cat.  Not this Crafty Mama.

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I did the best I could with the colouring and started putting things together.  Once again, I forgot I was using archival ink and managed to smudge the sentiment a bit due to the longer drying time.

The silver sequin stars were entirely unnecessary and can barely be seen.  Next time I'd either omit the stars or choose something more subtle for the sky.

Well, thanks for looking at my card and I hope if you try it, you learn from my mistakes and do a better job.

If you missed my first challenge entry for January, you can see it HERE

6 comments:

  1. It did shock me at first, but then it got funnier - a cat-human hybrid superhero...why not!? But I must say, your attempts have not gone waste, the coloring doesn't look like a failure at all - superheros come in all shapes and sizes and colors, right! :D

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    1. Thank you Ashwini! Youŕe right - superheros come in all forms and thatś one reason I chose to make this one a cat!

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  2. This is a seriously AWESOME card, love all the layers you've got going on in this city scene, and of course your SUPER CAT!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Diane! My hubster and Small Dude liked it too despite having pink on it and it grew on me overnight. I appreciate your really kind words.

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  3. You know what i love this, such a fab and fun card and so much too look at. You have totally rocked it !
    Have a great day xxxx

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    1. You ladies are making me blush! Thank you so very very much. your sweet comments made my day!

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