Friday, March 10, 2017

Taking the Rough with the Smooth

Morning All, Happy Friday!

I've just been out in the garden and spotted the first tulip to be in full flower.  It's sheltered by the branches of something else, but still how very brave of it to flower already.  We have a few tulips that grow rather strangely;  full-size flowers on tiny stems!  They look really odd!  I suspect its something to do with the naughty squirrels disturbing the bulbs - they seem to think our garden is their larder.

On Wednesday I set about making my card for today's Daring Cardmakers challenge.  It's all about using rough and smooth textures on one card, and I'd decided to raid OH's DiY stash for some sandpaper.  I thought I could do something with a beachy feel with the sandpaper as the sand and some 'sea' coated with Glossy Accents for the sea.  Well, what I discovered was that we have sandpaper in many colours, but not one of them is sand coloured!
My new, plan B stayed with the colours of the sea and Glossy Accents, but added in curvy pieces of some green sandpaper.
Then the panic set in.  Using a thick layer of Glossy Accents would take an age to dry, then I had to assemble it all before taking my photos.  I'd never get it all done in time!  I reached for the heat gun to help dry the stuff, then left it while I tried to get as much of the card done as possible while it dried completely.  
I cut the aqua backing layer, then it took 3 tries before I managed to cut the aperture neatly enough (why didn't I just use my Silhouette to do it?), and only then did I remember that it was only Wednesday morning and I had the whole of Thursday to get this card finished if I needed more time. doh!

It's Joanne's very first time setting the challenge for the Daring Cardmakers this week:
"Take the Rough with the Smooth
For this challenge I'd like you to contrast something rough (or bumpy) with something smooth/shiny on your cards."
The coloured panel is made using Gelatos, which I rubbed over with a damp wet-wipe to merge the shades together in a watercolour effect
A thick layer of Glossy Accents was applied over the whole area, then I added my pieces of sandpaper (they are the deep green coloured sections). 
 I also added in some swirls of Diamond Stickles.
It looked a bit bare around the frame so drew a couple of swirls of  Diamond Stickles.  Next I coloured some thinner card on both sides using the 'spare' colours in the same wipe as before, re-dampened to release all the colours and rubbed over the card.  There was enough colour to make matching paper for a bunch of tiny circles to make the rolled roses.
The swirly bits were cut from a scrap of the deep aqua backing card 
using a Spellbinders die.
From the off-cuts of the main, Glossy Accent covered panel I die cut some circles
 (berries from Holly and Mistletoe die-sets), and shaped them with a ball tool before adding them in around the swirls and roses.

I think the reason for Wednesday' "Losing my marbles" incident was that I generally do end up making my DCM card on a Thursday, working against the clock to get it finished.  I could be more organised and get things dine in advance, but that would be breaking the habits of a lifetime, wouldn't it?
I've always been a bit of a last Minute Minnie!

It would be wonderful if you'd join in with our challenge this week - there's lots of inspiration on the DCM blog, and you can click on the names above the pictures to find out more about how the Design Team created their cards.
That's it for now, Hubby is asking "What's For Lunch?", so I'd best get to it 😉😉
Thanks for visiting


Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy this is a stunning card I love the design. Take care. Hugs Jackie

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous Kathy and beautiful made
Gr Karin

Lorre-Anne Archibald said...

Amazing card.. I love the colours you've used - stunning! Xx

Shabneez said...

Love this Kathy - the colours, design and textures are brilliant. Shabneez x

Tracy Welham said...

Wow, that's a cracking design, never seen anything like that before, looks fab. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Angelnorth said...

Love the arty abstract feel of the panel Kathy and the green sandpaper adds a lovely textural element! Word of caution - a heat gun on a thick layer of Glossy Accents will usually just make it bubble so is likely to cost you time and significant frustration as you start again!

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Love the color combo. Great work

Laine said...

Absolutely stunning and such clever design.

Cathy Clowes said...

Wow Kathy, fabulous card. You always share such clever ideas. I love tulips but mine have stopped growing- think they need moving but too late now. Cathy x