Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Creative Confetti: All Boxed Up!

Hello all and Happy Tuesday! How's life in your neck of the woods? Beautiful, I hope! I have a fun challenge that is open to interpretation, which means I hope we have some creative sparks flying and can see this little challenge go in so many different directions! Check it out!

HOW TO PLAY: Use a box element on your card or creation. Think graphically! Or, think literally by actually creating a box! That's okay too! So, my sweet stamping friends, that's all it takes this week to add an entry to our monthly drawing for $25 off in the Power Poppy Shop!

On to my creation!

I have to say that I was really inspired by Jessie Banks quick watercolor creation that she unveiled yesterday in her Inspire Me Monday post. I love those little cherry blossoms and so, I knew that I wanted to have a few spring blossoms take center stage in my creation. They are just so fresh and full of spring! Only, mine aren't cherry blossoms at all ... but apple blossoms! 

I'll start by saying that I used the Power Poppy digital stamp called Apples in Season and then, I went and nipped and tucked and created this grid in Photoshop Elements. Let me show you what I did!

I started by creating a 4" by 5.25" canvas. I created a square using the Marquee tool, clicked on the tab at the top that says "Layer", clicked on "New Fill Layer" and then when it asked what color, I used the little color dropper tool to choose the same white as my background. From there, I added a "stroke" around my box. You can see when you look at the screen capture above that the stroke I used is highlighted with a box.

From there, you right-click on that box and click on "Duplicate Layer" until you get three duplicates. Then, when you look at your canvas through a grid (it's a tool you can click on under "View" ), you can line up all your boxes perfectly so you have a four-square design!

From there, I opened up the Apples in Season stamp set and used bits and pieces. TIP: If you click on "Layer" and then click on "Merge Visible" all four boxes will stay where they are. From there, you can use the magic eraser tool to erase the background on each box so that you can allow pieces of your image to show through the box. That's what I did here! I also wanted some of the image to hang over the box - which meant making a duplicate of the image, letting pieces of it hang over the edge and erasing the other areas that I wanted to stay behind the grid frame. I got a little tricky with my image but you don't need to. The whole idea was to frame up pieces of my image for a visual pop!

Here's a close up below!

Quick details on my card! I used Copic Markers and used R0000, R81 and R83 for the petals, G20 and G24 for the leaves and then G0000 and BG11 to highlight my image in each box. I added a little glitter glue to the centers and then added the sentiment in the plain box from the clear set called Always Here.   From there, I just matted it on a decorative paper card, added some pop thanks to a Stampin' Up Embossing Folder, and then added some silver cording and a fun pearlescent button. Tada! Quick - pretty - inspired - and fun!

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Before we bid you adieu, we do have to draw the winner from our May challenges! Can you believe it is actually June already!?!?

So, after we threw all the virtual names into a hat, random.org drew this number!

That means the winner is.....

* * * * JULIE GEARINGER!! * * * * 

Julie joined us for Barb's challenge to use the "Rule of Thirds!" She created this sweet creation below using Power Poppy's Sunshine of My Life digital stamp set (Psst! This one is on sale right now for $2.99!) and dolled it up using a die-cut to create her thirds and added color with some watercolor pencils! I love the result with the dreamy background she created and the bold color!

Julie, to claim your code to the Power Poppy Shop, all you have to do is email us at bloom@powerpoppy.com! Just that simple!

Okay sweet stamping friends, now it's your turn! Let's see how you take this challenge and think "out of the box!" or, in the box, or just as a box! ;-) If you have Power Poppy stamps, please use them! If not, remember each entry will be one more chance at winning a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop!  (That means you might be able to WIN some!)

Just a note! Because the 30th of June is a Tuesday, this month's challenge will end on  June 29th so we can draw for the winner that night! So, let's get those fingers inky to get your cards on the linky! ;-)

Until next time, happy stamping!

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Cynthia said...

Congrats Julie! Beautiful card! Thanks for the fun new challenge and inspiration.

Camille Short said...

Congrats to Julie! Today's Creative Confetti sample is really thinking OUT OF THE BOX! It is a perfect card - well done! It's one of those designs that makes you slap your forehead and say, "Now why have I never thought of that!" Can't wait to CASE this!

Anonymous said...

Marisela Delgado said: what a beautiful card! So lovely. I 'm not big on digis (technology challenged), but these are gorgeous! mariandmonsterd@yahoo.com

Henri√ętte said...

Congrats Julie Gearinger, you made a gorgeous card.

Great new challenge Julie, I love the beautiful pink card you made.
Thank you for sharing your tutorial, stay safe and have a wonderful week.

Conniecrafter said...

That technique of the boxes and how they hang out of them is so cool!!

Julie Gearinger said...

Wow, I am so excited to have won the random draw! Thanks again for the chance to win and I am looking forward to using my new lovely Power Poppy images!!