Monday, March 19, 2012

Hero Arts March Challenge

Happy Monday Everyone!!  I'm here today to participating in this month's challenge over at the Hero Arts Blog.  There are multiple challenges that can be wrapped up into one or multiple creations.  I've chosen two pieces of the challenge, flowers and color to incorporate into this creation which happens to be a sympathy card.  I don't know about you, but I find certain creations come easier than others and bereavement cards are definitely in the not so easy category.  But with the colors in this challenge I was able to pull together something that I find serene and calming. 

Here are the colors issued in this challenge:
And here is my interpretation using the above colors and flowers that I made using MFT's Beautiful Botanical and Fringed Perennial Die-namics.  I used SU! Night of Navy cardstock combined with Heidi Grace - Moonlight Meadow 12x12 paper to create the flowers.  I cut multiple layers of both papers and combined them together to create super full and fabulous blossoms.  I used hot glue to keep them together and once they were dried, I used my Big Bite in order to place the matching brad in the centers.  
I started with a base of SU! Night Of Navy cardstock.  I then pulled patterned papers, all from MME Darling Dear, Be Amazing and Dilly Dally 6x6 paper packs.  I love to use corrugated cardboard in my creations and I use the Ouchless Cardboard from Gauche Alchemy.  It's fabulous as it comes in Kraft and White.  I ran the cardboard through my die cutting machine to soften it and flatten it a bit in order to stamp on it.  I used my VersaMagic Night Sky ink to stamp the Flower Bursts Pattern background cling stamp. 
 
Once I stamped I coated the image with clear embossing powder and heat set it to give it extra shine.   I used my Hero Hues Latte Chalk Ink to distress the layers, flowers and edges of my card.  I added stitching and self-adhesive pearls as well as a bit of Tim Holtz decorative paper tape surrounding my sentiment, which is from MFT's Clearly Sentimental about Sympathy set. 
As you can see, I used a basic manila tag from my local office supply store to stamp my sentiment.  Once again, I used the Hero Hues Latte Chalk Ink and my Distress Ink in Tea Dye to ink and distress the edges of my tag.  I added some PTI twill ribbon to embellish my tag. 
I adhered everything together and added my flowers using my hot glue gun just to ensure that they stay put.  I've finished the interior very simply using another sentiment from the same MFT set as well as a mini-rosette cut using my Tim Holtz mini-rosette die
I added a bit of Tim Holtz paper tape as well as a few of the extra centers that I had cut from my exterior flowers to the cardboard rosette.  

I'm entering this into the March Hero Arts Challenge here

Thanks so much for coming by today!!  

Crafty Hugs!
Meredith

1 comment:

Annette said...

GORGEOUS card...those flowers are so amazing...love your take on the color challenge..