Raise the Bar - Challenge#8

It's the end of another week, so it's time for another Raise the Bar Challenge, can you believe we're onto challenge #8 already.  So for this weeks challenge...

To honor this great celebration in March, use a BOOK somewhere in your card/project and commemorate all of our achievments in our lives.
Now this may sound 'different' and you may not think you have a book image, but search your stash and you'll be surprised at what you discover!

I had great fun looking through my stamps to find one i could use for this weeks challenge; and i came across this little beauty, it's Wendy from the 'Never Ever' set by The Greeting Farm.

I stamped Wendy onto watercolour paper using Black Soot Distress Ink, and then i embossed her with fine detail clear embossing powder.  I then sprayed the image with water, on the front and back (spraying on the back stops your paper curling) and set about creating my background, I misted my watercolours and then just added a little colour to the paper, spreading it around to create a nice soft background.  I left my image to dry over night, and then set about choosing my papers.

I found these lovely papers in a RAK envelope i receieved a while ago, and thought they were perfect for this image, unfortunately i don't know what make they are.  I decided to create a round focal point for my card, so i got a couple of my circle nesties out, and used them as templates, cutting the circles out with a craft knife.  I knew i wanted to distress the edges of my circles, so thought a hand cut circle would work better, and it was nice and quick too.  

I then finished colouring my image, using my paper choice as my inspiration for the colour of Wendy's outfit.  I kept the watercolour paper dry this time, and just applied water to my paints, giving me nice strong colours.  I'm really glad i embossed my image, as it made is so much easier to control the paint, no unwanted blending.

For the layout of my card, I just played around with the papers until i was happy with how they worked together.  I decided to add a scallopped punch border in the background, mainly to get a bit more light in the card, and to separate the papers. I then distressed the edges of all of my papers, before sticking them all down, i stuck all the layers flat apart from the main image which i used foam pads on, just to give a little more dimension.

My sentiment comes from the 'Sassy Sentiments' set by MFT.  I love clear acrylic sentiment stamps, as they are so flexible, this one i curved to go on my background circle. 

To finish my card i layered some Prima flowers, and added a pearl centre, and some leaves, to create a nice little corner detail.

I had great fun with challenge, once i got over the inital problem of 'Do i have a stamp with a book in it?'; It was fun looking through my stamp collection, amazing what you find that you've forgotten about, so glad i rediscovered this pretty image.

I can't wait to see what wonderful creations will be made for this challenge, hope you have time to play.
Thank you for visiting


Tasha said…
Fabulous card Suzi, love the colours and fabulous layout
love tasha xx
This is fantastic Suzi!! What a great image and your layout/colors are wonderful!! Great job!! Have a great weekend!
You have just given me inspiration! My daughter was asked to attend the Young Author's conference tomorrow-this is an awesome honor for our family and I wanted to make her something special and know I know JUST what to do! Adorable, Suzi!