Monday, October 3, 2016

World Card Making Day 2016, Part 1

This year WCMD weekend turned out to be a blast for me! I had fun being a Guest Designer on StampNation and making a couple inspiration cards in advance for the event, and then I even was able to make a couple of cards during this weekend. I probably could have made more than I did, but I spent a lot of time looking at the cards everyone else posted - and WOW! The creativity blew me away! The quality of the cards is top-notch, and the quantity is unbelievable! One of the StampNation Sistahs counted 208 cards before the last challenges were even announced. Can you believe it?

Anyway, today I'm sharing the three cards that I submitted as a Guest Designer, along with some "almost" cards that didn't quite make the cut.

Card 1
This card was made for the "Take Flight!" challenge which went live at 8:00 on Saturday morning.  I made two versions of this card - the original and a do-over. On the original I brought out my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to color die cuts of the hummingbird and flowers:

I wasn't feeling very confident about how they turned out, so I did the card over again using colored cardstock.

I decided to make the second card more interesting by spattering some metallic copper watercolor paint across the card front. You can see this better in a close-up":

Stamps: Strictly Sentiments 2 (WPlus9)
Ink: Pool Party (SU), Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Paper: Gumball Green, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Hummingbird die (Cheery Lynn Designs), Flourish Thinlit dies (SU), Stitched Rectangles die (SSS), Circle Scallop punches (SU), Meteor Copper (Stargazers Watercolor Palette), Clear Gloss Super Fine embossing powder (WOW!), Brights Enamel Shapes (SU)

Card 2
The second challenge I chose to play with was for 8:00 on Sunday morning, and the theme was "Galaxy Technique." I made several of these cards at once since I wasn't sure I'd nail it on the first try.

This one's not bad, but I do have a splash mark just above the sentiment.

This one also isn't bad, but I had problems with the toothbrush I was using to spatter dripping in all the wrong places.

Here's a close-up of the second card. Pretty groovy, eh?

And finally, here is the card I decided to use for the challenge:

Stamps: Uplifting Thoughts (SSS)
Ink: Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot (Ranger Distress), Onyx Black (VersaFine), VersaMark
Paper: Distress Watercolor paper (Ranger), Basic Black (SU)
Accessories: White gesso (American Journey), Detail White embossing powder (Stampendous), Stampin’ Dimensionals (SU)

The following card was actually my first attempt at creating a galaxy look, before I went on YouTube and found several instructional videos that resulted in the three cards above. Not too bad for winging it, is it?

Would you believe the moon is not really a stamped image of a moon per se? My genius friend Carey showed me how I could create a moon using Stampin' Up!'s Gorgeous Grunge set and a circle punch! She is so brilliant!

Card 3
The theme for Sunday's noon challenge is Citiscapes. Pretty easy, especially if you have a friend with a Silhouette cutter who volunteers to mail a city skyline die cut to you. (Thanks, Carey!) She sent me several cuts of the skyline, so I layered two together to create some depth. I faded the back one with a bit of Picket Fence (white) distress ink, and glittered the front one with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush marker. It looks much better in person than it does in the photo.

I used a bunch of distress ink colors to create the sky, and I think it turned out rather well. I couldn't resist adding the music notes once I picked out the sentiment.

Stamps: Happy Hello (Whimsy), Uplifting Thoughts (SSS)
Ink: Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, Picket Fence (Ranger Distress), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Distress Watercolor paper (Ranger), Heavy Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Cityscape Border die cut (Silhouette), Tuxedo Black marker (Memento), Clear Sparkle pen (Spectrum Noir), Post-it tape (3M), Stampin’ Dimensionals (SU)

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Tomorrow I'll have at least two more cards to show you, and I think you'll like them. :)

Big smiles,
Joyce Spear a.k.a. StamperJoyce


HolyLise said...

Wowzas, these are some AMAZING cards!!! Your coloring and blending is gorgeous!!
Thanks for joining us at Kat's card making challenge - Josefine

AJ Bodine said...

Very nice, love your city skyline and those galaxies are out of this world, lol. Great job! Thank you for joining us for the Kat Scrappiness World Card Making Day Challenge! AJ, DT

jennifer delauter said...

I don't know what you think is wrong with your first hummingbird. From what I have learned and seen, watercoloring is supposed to look like that. In any case, the first one looks just as good as the second one. If you want a little more depth to your watercoloring, a technique that I've seen lately is adding Prismacolor colored pencil to shadows. Anyway they all look great!! Also, what an awesome friend to do that for you!! You're an awesome, wonderful friend, Carey!!! (Luv2stamp)