Monday, June 2, 2014

Gallery Idol Round 3

This round started as a real challenge. Of course I have used stencil before, but I want to come up with something that's outside the box. Friday passed with no inspiration whatsoever. Saturday, I had a couple ideas, but worried one might be too complicated. So, I tried to make this colorful geometric panel instead andddd... ditched it. Although, I did end up using that card for other assignment. Nothing go to waste. ;)

Then I went back to that idea that I thought was too complicated. I was thinking about creating a painting like image using stencil. I ran my idea to Trinh, who's been my sounding board through this journey (and the previous GI journey back in 2010) and when she said yes, that's cool, I went to work and came up with this.




Seriously, I am so proud of this card. From, what was I thinking, you're nuts, (took me 5 times to get it right) it has became wow, I can't believe I actually did it.

I made my own stencil for the whole thing. Using Silhouette I made stencil of the girl silhouette, the butterflies and the diagonal stripes. The honey comb stencil is from Memory Box. 



I start by tracing the girl stencil on the card panel, just the hair part, so I know where to place the butterflies. Then I inked the butterflies with various color ink using make up sponge. Once I inked all the butterflies, I stamped some with  a fine detailed flower from PTI Pretty Peonies set and some with Stampabilities Faded Text Background.

Then erase the pencil line, placed the girl stencil back on and using the mini sponge dauber inked the silhouette with Rangers Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters (mixed with Memento Pear Tart). Then without removing the stencil, stamp the Pretty Peonies. Added some small splatter details using the ink splatter from Mama Elephant Fair Feathers set. Here's a close up of the card. Click on the pic if you want to see it in larger size.



Once that done, I decided the panel still need a bit more umph..., so I decided to make a couple of the butterflies pop by adding an actual butterfly die-cut and add a bit of texture to the panel using Memory Box Honey Comb stencil & embossing paste. While waiting for it to dry, I stencil the diagonal stripe on one side of the card base and wiped solid ink on the other side. Finished by adding the sentiment & adhering the panel to the card base.

The whole thing is so pretty and bright. It totally makes me happy. I sure hope to make it to the next round. At the end, I am just thrilled that this challenge has made me create a project that I am proud of. Yes, it took hours and hours to get it look the way I want it, but the satisfaction when you accomplish something that you thought might not be possible is so worth it.

If you love this card, I'd so love for yo to vote for it. Thank you in advance for your vote & support. You all are awesome!


18 comments:

Shelly said...

GORGEOUS, Vera!!! I don't even know if there's enough words for this?!...Stunning! LOVE it! Best of luck to you! :)

Jaclyn Miller said...

Vera, this card is amazing. There's so much going on that just rocks, that I don't even know where to start. Love the popped up butterflies, love the hint of graphic in the silhouette, and especially love the tiny bit of hexagons at the side. Fantastic work girl!

Miriam Prantner said...

So many steps, but all your effort and repeated attempts paid off, this is really lovely!

Julie C. said...

Wow! This is just an amazing card! Lots of work has gone into it. It is truly beautiful! Loving it! ^_^

aileen (mum) said...

Beautiful, you really nailed it. Love the total look. Good luck.

Sabrina Alery said...

Brilliant and beautiful!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Wow! This card is really striking, Vera! It's cool that you made all of the stencils, too. I love all of the details you added!

keren said...

Just beautiful- so unique and love the movement you've created. There's a ton of work in here & it's stunning! x

keren said...

Just beautiful- so unique and love the movement you've created. There's a ton of work in here & it's stunning! x

donna mikasa said...

Such an amazing design, Vera! Good luck to the next round!

Lysa said...

Vera, this is just SO GORGEOUS! I love that you took it a step up and created your OWN stencils- awesome! :) Good Luck to you!!

Shona Chambers said...

See you in Round 4, this is an absolute winner!!!

~amy~ said...

(clapping)
You go girl.
This is awesome...I simply love the silhouette you designed and how fabulous are all those butterflies...excellent work!

Emily Leiphart said...

This is absolutely stunning, Vera! WOW!!!

m said...

WOW!!!! I love everything about this card! Good luck.

Jill said...

So very lovely Vera! Well done for sure! I'm so glad it came together and you stuck w/ it for 5 tries! Amazing! What an outcome! Good luck to you! :)

Arlene said...

An incredible card, so artistic and creative. You've brought the silhouette to life.

Dorothy C. said...

This is an incredible card - my favorite. Continued success in the competition.

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