It's the Daring Cardmaker's 104th weekly dare today - which means it's our 2nd birthday - wow, where does the time go? We've seen loads of cardmaking challenge sites start up since Jane had the brilliant idea to start up the DCM but we're pretty sure we were the first. I remember Jane saying "the scrapbookers do it, so why not cardmakers too?" Why not indeed. The Daring Cardmakers was born. It's wonderful to share our crafting with cardmakers from all over the world and I still love being involved with the DCM, being part of the team is fab and I love visiting all the blogs to see what our DCM darers have been up to each week - it's always soooo inspiring. So Happy Birthday Daring Cardmakers, we're going to celebrate by Painting the Town Red.........well not just red, any colour of paint is fine. Any type of paint, any style of painting - as long as there's paint getting used on the cards thats all tht matters. I hope lots of people will join in and get painty at our party I've made a couple of cards this week both using acrylic paints. For the first one I used some glossy card, splodged some cranberry and white paints on then swished it about with a watery brush. The colour was a bit too deep so I used a wet-wipe to remove lots of the paint, then rubbed a damp cloth over the rest until I got a linen look that I quite liked. The hearts were stamped with undiluted cranberry acrylic paint. The swirls were just done freehand (you can probably tell) on an offcut of the painted card. The second card was the one I made first, it's pretty simple, just a set of Bubbly Funk chipboard stars painted with a metallic silver Paint Dabber and arranged on top of each other. I didn't plan on leaving them just like that - I was going to use wire and beads, or maybe suspend the stars in the window, but in the end I just put some dark blue card behind the aperture and stuck the stars straight onto that. I think there's something missing, so may come back and add something later.
Pretty simple card but I do like the "knobbly" effect of the paint on the stars.
Here's another little Thank You card I needed to make, it's just a diddy 10cm sq The stamps are those cute little ones that I can just about cope with without getting into a !I can't stamp" panic. Papers are scraps of Fancy Pants - Celebrate, I think that were lying on my desk from another project. Birdies extra long B&W legs are one of the fabby Jo Kill's ideas which I snaffled rather than cut out the stamped ones that belong to the birdie! Thanks Jo, you're SUCH a fab inspiration!