Hello all! As we get ready to throw up a new challenge to kick off the week, I wanted to share a little of the inspiration behind it all. Recently, I've been seeing a lot of cards and creations with frames at the center of them. I like the look. I really like the look. I saw it HERE when I opened up a Stampin' Up catalog. And, I watched it live and in living color with the fabulous Jennifer McGuire HERE recently. So, I scratched my head. I lost some brain cells thinking and I came up with a way to mimic this look using my favorite stamps and a little digital manipulation!
So folks, here's the latest Creative Confetti challenge for you!
HOW TO PLAY:
Let’s get to the geometric shapes, shall we?
First, I started with a blank canvas and just opened up a new blank file.
You can see that I used the cookie cutter tool and chose a hexagon for my first shape. After you choose the shape, you literally just stretch the tool across your canvas and this is what you get - the shape! You can see on the right side of this image below that I added a "stroke" around my image. It's a tool under Effects and Styles. I choose a heavy stroke so that it would be really pronounced when printed.
Now you're ready to print and get to the fun stuff! I should mention that you don't have to create your own shapes. I am sure if you Googled shapes, you'd find a bunch of things that you could copy and paste into a word doc, no problem!
While I was creating this one, I kind of had a field day and ended up creating three card fronts on one big page. For the circle one, I just used the Circular Marquee Tool, created a bunch of circles, added strokes around them and that's how I did that bubble effect. See?
After I was done printing this, I did print a second copy on Avery Removable Full Sheet Labels so that I could use them as masks.
Next, I cut out my hex shape, masked the front of my trimmed card front and reached for THIS stamp set - Winter Wonderland by Power Poppy - I just absolutely find those flowers breathtaking! Those anemones! The beauty of using a geometric shape is also that the hexagon would cover the poinsettia, meaning that this image goes from being a holiday image to a gorgeous array of everyday blossoms and berries!
For this next step, my MISTI stamping tool was critical. I can't stress that enough.
Because you are using a mask, there are times when the stamped image doesn't properly stamp around the edge of the mask, leaving a void. Using the MISTI allows you to reink and stamp again a second time, getting rid of that void. You could never line this up so perfectly with just your eyeballs folks!
So, after I got the image crisp by stamping twice, I removed the mask and.. tada!
From there, I colored it all up and added a sentiment to the inside of the hexagon shape from the Big Scripts stamp set by Power Poppy. I used the same markers as I did for THIS card . Did you notice that instead of coloring up the poinsettia leaves that peeked out red, I colored them as if they were just extra foliage? Slick, huh? No holiday here! ;-)
And here's a closeup! You can see that I added a little glitter to the berries just for fun!
And, while I am not going to show you all three cards right now, here's a little sneaky peek!
I'll post the other two cards with additional tidbits this coming Friday on MY blog! ;-)
Until next time!
a.k.a The Creative Confetti Thrower