19 November, 2019

Arty Divas Design Team 19 November

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 9 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

Sponsor: Hetty Clare Art
Hetty's Etsy Store:

We got a very pretty, but rather tricky (for me anyway) image to work with for this challenge!  It definitely needed some thought.  The predominating one was "Goodness, this reminds me of Princess Buttercup"!  So that's the direction I took. 

Castle or wall print paper seemed an equally natural choice.  The only thing I had remotely similar was from Shimelle's "Head in the Clouds" collection.  While I did have a few 12x12 sheets with the castle print, I thought I'd have a look at the 6x8 journaling pad and indeed there was a sheet!

The purple wouldn't have been my first thought, but the more I looked at those thistles, the more perfect it became.  So much so that my initial resolve to leave the image uncoloured, vanished and I compromised by colouring said thistles with Copics to make the connection.

I trimmed the castle paper back, so the finished card would be 6x8 or so and wanted to layer up some coordinating patterns behind the image to reduce the amount of empty space and add some other colours found in the background paper.  I wanted to slot the block with the image under the banner, so I cut around it with a craft knife, but heat embossed the only possible sentiment (By Ink Road Stamps) for the card first.

I did want to add a BIT more gold, but the sequins turned out to be a bit of an unhappy accident since one of my Copics leaked and required damage control.  Removing both caps and letting the air pressure equalize helps with this, but too late in this case!

As You Wish Card

Love, and My Name Is Inigo Montoya...


  1. Your card is gorgeous, Alex! Love what you've done with the image! Hope you're doing okay healthwise and having some good days. I played in this challenge last time so I'll plan to play again!

    1. Thank you, lovely! I'm doing OK (thanks for asking!) except today we're going to have a hot day 39C/102F. YUCK! I look forward to seeing what you make! xx

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