Lately, I have been looking at some craft blog challenges – where you post your project that fits the constraints of design challenge. I didn’t do these for awhile because mostly I was making little houses, but also because I wasn’t confident and didn’t think I could make anything that would be interesting. What I’ve learned though, is that sometimes these challenges will stimulate an idea that you feel compelled to act on. My March Tim tag was one such idea. Once it came to me, I felt I had to make it. The Creative Carte Blanche Triple Trouble Bunny House is another such idea.
When I read about the Simon Says Stamp challenge called “Lucky Stars”, I had recently purchased a Earth paper cutting die – Sizzix, I think. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I really liked it. But specifically for this challenge, I thought of the view of the earth from the stars and what a beautiful planet it is – our precious blue planet composed of 75% water. It seemed to me that the view from the stars would show the beauty of our world. That was the idea I felt compelled to act on.
I made this on just a piece of cardstock which I painted with Payne’s Gray (which isn’t gray to my mind – it’s a deep, deep navy) and a little gesso so lighten things so that it would look the the sky does when you’re in the wilderness and you can see the density of stars in the sky. Then I flicked some Liquitex gold ink on the surface. I cut a few layers of the earth die to make it standout on the background, colored the watery earth with a light blue and edged it with Payne’s Gray (the not-gray gray). The land I colored green just to add some color and a little white for the Arctic. I painted my stars gold, printed out my sayings and edged them in Ground Espresso distress paint and glued them down. Wonderful is a Tim Holtz token that I painted gold and used my black distress crayon to accent the word “wonderful”.
That’s my “Lucky Stars” entry for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It was fun and relatively easy compared to some of the other things I’ve been making. Now it’s back to the Bunny Houses.
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