A Challenge Card!

Published February 3, 2009 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone is having a good day. I’m happy to report that it didn’t snow today, instead we had blue skies & glorious sunshine & much of the snow has melted.

Some of the visitors to this blog may remember that one of my crafting resolutions for 2009 was to attempt more challenge cards. It’s only taken four weeks, but I’ve made two & here is the first one. I made it for the ‘Something Sweet’ challenge at Crafty Muse, (Jan 30 – Feb 12). For some reason, I thought of Neapolitan ice cream, which was chocolate, vanilla & raspberry – or was it strawberry? I haven’t eaten it since my childhood, even then I never ate the chocolate bit – I hate chocolate ice cream! – but I like the colour combination. There is no sentiment on the card yet, because I couldn’t decide what it should be.

  • Layout – courtesy of Elley. I changed it to landscape.
  • Image – Angelique from Crafty Muse, coloured with WH Smith watercolour pencils
  • Backing paper – Truffle from Rusty Pickle’s Chocolate Kisses range
  • Other papers – Papermill
  • Flowers – Prima & Papermania
  • Ribbons & jewelled embellishment – QVC
  • Brads, (jewelled & brown) & metallic embellishment – Papermania
  • Silver heart charm – Mad About Cards.
I’m not entirely happy with this card, especially with the colouring of Angelique. I wanted her skirt to be pinker, but I discovered that printer ink & Whispers pens do not go together – the black ink runs into the colour. I printed out another image & used dry watercolour pencils, but once I added the gloss the colour became much paler than I intended. Perhaps someone reading this would tell me what pens I can use to colour printer images? Am I right in thinking that I need something like Copics?

Eagle-eyed observers will notice that this picture is an actual photograph, not a scan. Another of my resolutions was to learn to use my digital camera. This is about the tenth photo I took of this card! I spent ages wandering around my house, trying to find the place with the best light, finally settling on a window in the kitchen. It’s not a perfect photo, I’d like it to be a little clearer, but it’s a LOT better than my first effort. 🙂 I’ve photographed some of my other cards & I’ve learnt that some need the flash & some don’t, some need the light from the window, some don’t. But I am determined to persevere, so please forgive the bad photos until I get them right.

Probably like most of us, I send off my cards & rarely get to see people’s reactions when they receive them. Hmmm, maybe that’s a good thing?! 🙂 A few weeks ago I sent my friend Jen the card she asked me to make for her daughter Jessica & Jen took photos of Jessica with her card & here they are.

I think she liked it – thank goodness!That’s all from me for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another challenge card. Thanks for visiting, take care.


7 comments on “A Challenge Card!

  • Another sweet card Kirsten. I know what you mean about lighting and photos – it takes ages to find a spot and then about 20 photos (for me). Love all the details you’ve added to your card and I think her skirt looks perfect.Sharon xx

  • Your card is gorgeous Kirsten, I love the sparkle on your image!When you’ve used your printer, spray the image carefully with hairspray and leave to dry, then your pens should be fine!HTH! xx

  • ooh… lovely card Kirsten! Love the colour combo and the sparkles!!! Thanks for joining in the Crafty Muse challenge :)Copics or other alcohol based markers should work … another trick I’ve heard is the heat set the image before colouring.Sammixxx

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