Friday, April 25, 2014

What Sherlock Said. in "It's Elementary my Dear Watson"

It's Nat's turn to set the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week and she's found a fab  "mood board" Inspiration Photo full of trinkets,  ideas and colours - the idea is that you choose at least three of the elements from the photo to use on a card - with the colour combo being just one of the three should you choose to use them - ie you can't get away with saying "I've used pink, green and blue so that's my 3 things" - sneaky, eh?

Actually, we were spoiled for choice as there are so many usable elements on the photo.  I managed to get a fair few onto this card:

Here's Nat's photo - can you see which things I chose to use?

It did take 3 attempts before I got everything I wanted to use on there in a way I was happy with.
 I seem to have lost the knack of using backgrounds - whenever I add papers, or inkiness the finished project looks a right old mess.  

So rejecting a card with a paper background, and then one with an inky background I just bunged all the bits onto a plain white card instead!

It's vaguely based on the April LO from The Sketch File - there's a bit of license used, but it's my sketch and I'm not offended at myself for giving it a tweak.  haha

Materials and Tools
Fancy Pants "Simplicity" pack for flower, butterfly, "label" and monogram sticker
(the grid on the label is supposed to  echo the graph paper on the Insp. photo)
Ribbon and braids from stash - the green seam binding is twisted around
 like some of those on the photo
Red Bazzill for heart (cut on Silhouette Cameo)
Buttons and Thread 
Handmade Flower created using SU Blossom Punch
Butterfly and Leaf Swirl die cuts are both Spellbinders

I had a lot of fun putting this together - OK, so it wasn't much fun when the first two were binned, or torn apart, but I did enjoy checking out the photo and spotting all the things I could use - and of course, when you finally get it to work, it's always good....or at least, a relief!

Check out the DCM BLOG to see how the rest of the team used the picture, and please join in - it would be great to see what you make


Natty said...

I love this card Kathy, and how you have layered all your elements - I totally struggle with layering, but it's so nice to discover the various elements peeking out in this card. Fab!

Miri said...

That's a beautiful card! I love it that you are not afraid to mix so many different colours and elements. It definitely works =).

Traceyr said...

So many gorgeous elements to this card Kathy - I love the soft colours too. :)