(This blog has all 4 challenges)
Challenge 1 – Stamping Slalom
This challenge required the use of any three MFT stamp sets and combine them to create a cohesive card. I enjoyed going through my MFT stamp collection and trying to narrow down the specific stamps I wanted to use. That took awhile! Once I decide, the rest came to mind quickly. Scene cards are some of my favorite to create so I made an outdoor scene card.
I used the snail from “You Gnome Me” stamp set, the owls, tree and sun from “Things with Wings” stamp set, the bunnies, chicks and flowers from the “Somebunny” stamp set and the deer from the “You are so Deer” stamp set. I colored all of the stamps I used with Copics. I used MFT Snow Capped Mountains, Snow Drift and Blueprint 27 Die-Namibia dies. I colored the grass with Distress Oxide Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover and the sky with Distress Oxides Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans.
Challenge 2 – Feestyle Card
This challenge requires a winter themed card in any style you like. I created a simple winter skyline scene. I cut a circle out of my card using Die-namics Stitched Circle Stax. I left the front panel plain and used the stitched circle for my scene. I used Distress Oxide Inks in Faded Jeans and Blueprint Sketch with a touch of Black Soot. I sprayed with water, used Gansai Tambi White Gold Starry Colors paint to create the snow flakes.
I used MFT Skyline and Treeline Die-namics and cut them out of black cardstock. I adhered everything to my card base and then covered it with a layer of vellum. I adhered my card top over the vellum. I used the Miss You sentiment from the “Things with Wings” stamp set. I finished it with some Nuevo crystal drops in Midnight Blue.
Challenge 3 – Crafty Biathlon
This challenge required a technique and a specialty card type to be combined to create your card. I chose emboss resist as my technique and shaker as my card type. First, I looked up South American blanket colors online and then chose one to mimic. I used the stamp set “Llama Love”, Versamark ink and Wow embossing powder to create the pattern on my background. I then used Distress Oxides in Mermaid Lagoon, Worn Lipstick, Seddless Preserves and Candied Apple Red for my colors. I colored the stripes in the same order as they were in the inspiration blanket.
I then cut out the word “Fiesta” using the MFT Die-namics Little Letters dies. I used the sentiment from the “Llama Love” stamp set. I then built my shaker around the letters and filled them with sequins matching the stripes. They are from the Hero Arts Ombré sequins. I attached my shaker to my card base and was finished with card #3.
Challenge 4 – Speed Card Making
While I enjoyed all 4 challenges, this was my favorite. I felt like I was building a puzzle, which I love. This card was made by using all Die-naming dies. I started with the Chicken-Wire Die-Namibia and cut it out of white card stock, then MFT Wild Cherry cardstock, Tangy Orange cardstock and Lemon Drop cardstock. I used the white card stock as the base and filled in the open spaces with the colored card stock.
I then used the MFT Die-a mic “Hello There” die and cut it out of white and black cardstock. I really like how this turned out and made a different version of this card with the remaining cut outs. It took me 17.1 minutes to do this card. The next version took me 45 minutes. (See Below).
I used three white cut outs of the wire stacked together and then used Wink of Stella and glossy accents to finish the second version of this card.
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