Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Verve April Release Challenge!

Each month, Verve sponsors challenges surrounding their new product release. For April, the challenge consists of three very different sketches plus one color challenge. Only 4 days to complete them, so it was definitely a challenge!

In Great Love (VSAPR1)

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This card was difficult to photograph because of the acetate, but I felt it was worth it. I thought this sketch was the most complicated (in a good way!) Not having any pre-printed background paper, I went ahead and created my own with the stamps that matched the rub-ons used to create the sentiment and the square image. Bean Tip: To fasten a brad through ribbon, first use a 1/8 or 1/4 inch circle punch.
BEAN NOTES: Stampin' Up Friendship Blooms Stamps; SU Purely Pomegranate Classic Dye Ink; SU Whisper White Craft Ink; SU Pink Pirouette and Sage Shadow Cardstock; Bazzill Sweetheart Textured Cardstock; SU Purely Pomegranate Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Dimensional Circles (generic); Brads (generic); Ranger Seafoam White Super-Fine Embossing Powder
HAPPY BEANS: Clear Acetate (generic); SU Love & Happiness Rub-Ons

Les Papillons (VSAPR2)

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Sketch number two was fairly straightforward (which I love) and I utilized silver embossing powder to liven up the backgrounds. The butterflies were created by first embossing black paper with a Big Shot and then using a Slice die cutting machine to cut out butterflies in 2 sizes.
BEAN NOTES: Cavallini & Co. Butterflies Stamps; Stampin' Up Botanicals Stamp; SU Purely Pomegranate Cardstock; Dark Gray Textured Cardstock (generic); Black Cardstock (generic); Foam Dimensional Circles (generic); Kaiser Rose and Black Pearls
HAPPY BEANS: Ranger Silver Super-Fine Embossing Powder; Fiskars Filigree Embossing Plate; Big Shot; Slice Die Cutting Machine (Basics 2 Design Card)

A Sea Change (VSAPR3)

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For the third sketch challenge, I used two stamps from the very elegant Cavallini & Co. set, Natural Wonders. I love anything that has to do with the ocean, and this challenge was a perfect fit for what I wanted to accomplish. The shell was created using the Emboss Resist technique, and, in keeping with the "by the sea theme," I substituted sand (from my backyard!) pressed into Wonder Tape for the ribbon. Also, a Sand Dollar punchout replaced the button. For the "scaled" background paper, I used a Big Shot and Fiskars Embossing Plate. Bean Tip: Try replacing background shapes with vellum paper for a simple, but unique look.
BEAN NOTES: Cavallini & Co. Natural Wonders Stamps; Stampin' Up Speckle Jumbo Wheel; SU Bleu Bayou, Pacific Point, and River Rock Classic Ink; White Textured Cardstock (generic); SU Whisper White, Bleu Bayou, and River Rock Cardstock; SU River Rock Designer Series Paper; Foam Dimensional Circles (generic); Wonder Tape; Martha Stewart Sand Dollar Punch
HAPPY BEANS: Vellum (generic); Sand; Fiskars Scales Embossing Plate; Big Shot

Be Happy (VSAPR4)

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It's a Color Challenge! I've never actually done a color challenge before, so I was really excited to make this card. The colors are Soft Blue, Soft Yellow, and Soft Brown. For this card, I wanted to make something special and three-dimensional, so I got out my punches and my patience and got to it.
BEAN NOTES: Stampin' Up So Many Sayings Stamp; VersaMagic Gingerbread Chalk Ink; Soft Blue, Soft Yellow, Kraft Textured Cardstock (generic); White Textured Card (generic); SU Five-Petal, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Spring Flowers Punches; Foam Dimensional Squares (generic); 1/8 inch Hole Punch; Ranger Clear Super-Fine Embossing Powder; Brads (generic)
HAPPY BEANS: Patience, lots and lots of patience!

1 comment:

Jeannie said...

Beautiful, beautiful cards!
You have a really special touch.

Peace and Luv,