Monday, June 28, 2010

You're the Pick of the Patch...Gallery Idol FINAL Round


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Today is the first day of voting for the Final Round of Gallery Idol 2010. It has been an incredible journey and a sincere honor to have had this chance to compete. The caliber of talent in the Top 5 is astonishing, and I can say that the best part of this experience has been getting to know some amazing paper-crafters. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who voted me in the final five and for all the love and support! Also, thank you to Kelly Smith at Paper Crafts magazine for making this so much fun.

If you would like to vote, please feel free to use the voting widget in my sidebar or click HERE.

This round's theme was an "Inspired by" challenge, based on this photo:


We moved to Manhattan from St. Paul, Minnesota just a few months ago, so the inspiration photo actually got me thinking about berry picking in the Mid-West. The fruit is luscious, the farms are beautiful, and I was inspired by the photograph to create a card celebrating the happy fun of this summer pastime. I had to work quickly, with again only 3 days to create, and I hope you like the "fruit" of my efforts.

To begin, I sketched out the general idea of my card. Whenever I have something more complicated to do, I love to draw it out on graph paper, which really helps with dimensions and perspective. I decided to tackle the tractor first.
I traced out a pattern with a the aid of a light table and used it to cut out the various pieces of the tractor, beginning with a chipboard base, followed by two shade of green card stock. To add some depth, I sponged ink around each element. For more dimension, I double-traced and cut extra pieces of some of the parts. I wanted the tractor to shine like metal, so I applied glassy glaze to the darker green pieces. The wheels were carefully die-cut and circle punched, with a lot of trial-and-error to get the size correct. Tiny silver circles served as my "nuts and bolts."
Setting the tractor aside, I tackled the wagon by running some yellow card stock through my Big Shot with a woodgrain embossing plate. Then, I cut a multitude of "wood" slats, trimming and adhering on a piece of acetate. I did this process twice, as I needed to create an actual bed for my big ripe strawberry. A metallic pen helped make tiny nails in the wood. The wooden wheels were tricky, as after die-cutting and trimming the card stock, the spokes were very thin, and I adhered them to acetate for stability.


The banner is printed on canvas with a printer, which required some experimentation. I wanted to incorporate the polka dots on the bowl of strawberries and did so here, fading them out in order for the sentiment to shine through. I then cut it out and tied it to the wagon with very thin strips of raffia.

The little farmer dog was my next task, and I knew it would be difficult because of the size. He's only a bit over an inch high, and I wanted to paper-piece him. I again drew a template and worked with very sharp scissors to cut the elements, some several times to pop out specific parts. Like the inspiration photo, the playful pup is decked out in a gingham neckerchief (created from ribbon) and his hat is made from raffia. I sponged his edges for a bit more depth.

Next up was the real "fruit" of my labors: the big, ripe strawberry. I drew a template for both the fruit and the green cap and then traced and cut each out several times. I sponged around the edges again and then added liquid pearl "seeds." I assembled the strawberry to open like a traditional card for a place to write a message.
I was finally ready to assemble my entire card, which I did so by creating a "hitch" between the tractor and wagon and then by tracing and cutting an acetate card base. This card stands, with or without the big strawberry, all on its own. When I was done, I heaved a big sigh of relief, with just a little wish that it were a big breath of fresh country air.
BEAN NOTES: Stampin' Up Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red, Wild Wasabi, and So Saffron Classic Die Ink; VersaMark Clear Ink; SU Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, and Soft Suede Card Stock; Essentials by Ellen Hutson Chipboard; Taylored Expression Textured Cardstock (greens); Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise Card Stock; Clear Acetate (generic); Copic Sketch and Multiliner SP Markers; Spellbinders Classic Circle Nestabilities; SU Circle Punches and Punch Pack; Big Shot; Hole Punch (generic); Printable Canvas (generic); Dafont.com Nashville Font, Foam Tape HAPPY BEANS: PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate; Lemon Yellow Liquid Pearls; Hero Arts Sponge; SU Glassy Glaze Embossing Powder; Kate's Paperie Gingham Ribbon; Raffia



16 comments:

Tammy said...

Wow, Regina! This is amazing! Your creations just blow me away! The effort you put into your work is very inspiring and again a true work of art! Just amazing!

cheryl (clee') said...

Awesome!! And so professional looking - like something I've seen in a "how to' book of 3-D cards. OF COURSE I voted for yours :)

And thanks for the comment on my blog. ;)

Kim said...

HOLY COW Regina!! Absolutely amazing!!! Everything you create is a masterpiece!! You've just got to win!!! Routing for my Pal 100% - you go girl!

Carolyn King said...

You did a fabulous job with this amazing creation! Good luck to you!

Giovana said...

Regina, you are so talented!! This card is awesome!! Love it very much! Good luck my friend.

Carla Bazhenow said...

Regina, this card is outstanding. I don't know where or how you get you inspiration. I love every detail... I can see you sitting there cutting and cutting for that cute little farmer dog!!! I'm with ya! Hugs,

Mary Fish said...

Another incredible project from the Bean! Love the details right down to the farmer's neckerchief! Hugs, M

Kristin said...

This is BEYOND perfection!!! You totally get my vote this round too! Good luck, you're my Idol!!!

Jill said...

You're a genius! I just love this design! WOW! So glad to have found your blog- it's fabulous!!

Diane said...

Too stinkin' cute! The detail is amazing. What a great project.

Carol's Ink Spot said...

This is amazing and fabulous! Every detail is so intricate. What a creative mind you have. This project is just wonderful and beautiful too. So when do we find out 'you have won'?

Margaret Moody said...

You've won, hands down, my friend! This is just too cute and so very wonderful! Another amazing creation! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to find out the results of the final voting! Hugs to you!

Morena said...

Stunning card!

Tanya said...

Once again an amazing card! I don't know how you came up with such amazing ideas for Gallery Idol. Hopefully coming here, some of your mojo will rub off on me, haha. Have a wonderful day, good luck,(though I don't think ya need it) Can't wait to hear the results. :)

Monika/Buzsy said...

AMAZING! Love every single thing about this... that strawberry is good enough to eat. :o)

Lynn Ghahary said...

You are seriously amazing Regina! BEST OF LUCK!