Friday, July 22, 2016

Making a Mark

It's a bit cooler today - we had some rain overnight which has freshened the air a bit,  I'm just hoping the last few days wasn't our entire Summer.....

As always Friday is Daring Cardmakers Day ad this week its one of those challenges I dread most - the one that asks for doodling of some sort!  t comes up from time to time, in different guises and this time it's because one of our fab Guest Designers, Purvi uses a lot of her own, hand-drawn elements on her cards.  It seemed the perfect inspiration to have a go ourselves.  One of the aims of the Daring Cardmakers has always been to prevent that old "falling into a rut" thing that can happen, which is why we keep the challenges varied and well, challenging!
So even though I feel really out of my comfort zone when asked to Add a Doodle, I give it a go and usually start off with a little wander around the web, looking for ideas on how I can blag it.
This time I watched a video where someone started with a circle of paper, divided it into segments with a marker pen and then filled in all the segments with stripes, dots, curls, wiggly lines etc.  I could do this!  But then what would I do with it to make it into a card?
What if I used the same technique on some large numerals which would then be the focus "image" for a card?
I didn't even cheat with the numerals - I could have cut them on the Silhouette, but I didn't - I actually drew them with a Sharpie marker pen and then drew some lines to divide into sections.  I filled in the little segments with a fine gel pen then cut the numbers out.
The background pattern is based on the Sketch File LO from February 2016, the series of long rectangles and different sized circles is quite crisp and graphic which contrasted well with the 'fussy' design of the numerals.  I chose a black, white and grey colour theme, with a pop of bright yellow to lift it and a few layers of opal glitter card for bling
Not much in the way of tools needed for this - pens, scissors, guillotine and a set of nested circle dies (Tonic).  
Oh, and I nearly forgot; the white square and circle are embossed, the circle with Spots and Dots (Cuttlebug) and the square with Chevrons (Crafters Companion)
Most of the card is Bazzill, the glitter card is by Best Creations, and there's quite a lot of dimension created using sticky pads and chipboard

 That's it for this time - I hope you'll visit the DCM BLOG - there are some really wonderful cards with hand-drawn elements used in lots of different ways - it's such an inspiration to see.
Thank you so much for visiting today, please leave a comment and I'll come and return the favour!
Have a great weekend



Linda Simpson said...

This is fabulous and loving your doodling.
Linda xxx

Katie Lamb said...

Fab 18th Birthday card

Shabneez said...

Wow Kathy! All the work that's gone into this - like your technique. Shabneez xxx

Sylvia Ames said...

Wonderful colour combination and doodling on the numbers, fabulous card.

Sylv xx

Angela Dodson said...

ohh fab doodling and I do love these colours together :)

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi this is a stunning card I love the doodling you have done. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Laine said...

Stunning Kathy! Such a modern and elegant creation.

KarinsArtScrap said...

fantastic and great male card Kathy
Gr Karin

Dawn Lancaster said...

Brilliant 18th Card! I love the colours & your dooling looks ace!
Dawn xx

Gez Butterworth said...

Brilliant card Kathy. Loving your doodles ♥

Cathy Clowes said...

Fabulous card Kathy. I would never have guessed you weren't comfortable with doodling. Your design is wonderful. Cathy x