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Monday, October 11, 2010

Layers and Layers and Layers

I love playing in the Sugar Bowl! I love the Sugar Nellie images that you can purchase from Funky Kits - a small little company in Scotland. Each Fortnight (I think that means every other week by US standards) they have a sketch challenge. As you know from my last post - I LOVE Sketch challenges. Well, let me tell you - the challenge this time around was certainly a challenge - take a look at this sketch -

Many of my internet friends that also enjoy using the Sugar Nellies took one look (or maybe two or three) and weren't sure they were going to do this one. But, if you take a closer look - you will see it is just layers, layers and more layers! Guess what? I am beginning to LOVE layering many many layers.
Now, the theme for the challenge was autumn - however, when I looked through my dwindling stash (remember, I am packing things up getting ready for a move) I didn't see anything that shouted at me AUTUMN! But, I DID find this WONDERFUL paper from Dream Street Papers called Art Nouveau. There are several in the collection - Ornamental, Clever, Muse, Avant Garde and Inspiration. I used all but Inspiration. They are all two-sided, so I had many choices of coordinating colors. I did discover that Early Espresso Cardstock is nearly a match for the dark brown in this DP, HOWEVER, I discovered that I was completely out of it!! I did find a few pieces that I was able to use, but for the most part, I had to improvise with other colors for my matting. So, once I decided that it wasn't going to be a 'traditional Autumn card, I set about to place my layers - and then when that was all finalized, I had to choose my image. For this challenge, it had to be a Sugar Nellie, so I had to look through my small collection to see what I had that I could use. I found this sweet Sugar Nellie fit just fine. So, I pulled out my colored pencils and set about to color her - to coordinate with the papers (of course!!) Then I looked through my very small stash of sentiments - this one I rescued from the packing boxes and it was a brand new set that I had not even mounted on the wood yet - so I did that and then stamped the sentiment - trying to bring the AUTUMN into my card in one way or another! :) While sorting through stuff and packing things, I came across a little baggie of stuff that I was giving away and found this tiny tube of diamond glaze. I have never used the stuff before and decided I would try it out, so I put a dab on her shoes and then added a bit to the flowers in my flower spray. A spritz of Vanilla Smooch and this card is done. Now, for the base of the card, I just took a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock and folded it in half. I think this is probably the largest card I have ever made, but with so many layers, it had to be this big. Inside the card I placed a piece of very vanilla cardstock to give the backside of the card a little more stability since there are so many layers on the front.

I hope you have enjoyed taking a peek at my many layers card - it was quite a fun one to do and honestly, it isn't that difficult - so choose some papers, and layer away.
Thanks for stopping by the spa this morning - I will be in and out of the spa throughout the day, so stop by later to see what other projects I am creating.



Lorraine said...

Hi hun OMG its gorgeous woohoo you did it but then if any of us were going to i new you would master it its absolutely stunning love it i will have to get my thinking head on lol
good for you xx

Debs said...

Wow Paula this is stunning. You have made a wonderful job of that sketch, maybe I should give it another go. Debs xx

Paula said...

Brilliant - love those papers & colours & your matting is superb....... she's such a lovely image too. You take care of yourself.
Paula (PEP)

Karen said...

WOW Your card is so fantastic!! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog:-)

Lilian said...

Aw, this is gorgeous Paula! Love the litte touches you did to make this an autumn card :) Gorgeous flower arrangement as well. So glad you were not put off by the sketch - it is a fun one!
Thanks for joining the Sugar Bowl Challenge!

xxxtglxxx said...

Paula! Wow! Well done :) This card is awesome. I love how you have done this sketch, its totally fab! Beautiful DP, beautiful colours and beautiful embellishments. This card is a real stunner - Really well done! :) I love it xxalisonxx

Kiki said...

This is really fantastic! Great take on the sketch!

Thanks for playing in The Sugar Bowl.

Hugs, Kiki