I did this card for a young friend who's feeling a bit disillusioned with romance these days. Haven't we all felt like that at one time or another? Well, I decided to work something up to meet some challenges, as usual. Art Journey # 3 challenge is romance...this is an interpretation of the all-too-real other side of the euphoria of romance. I haven't done a pop-up card in AGES, but the One Stop Craft challenge wanted just that, so it was REALLY a challenge to incorporate a pop-up with a serious card. But that's actually how I decided on the whole theme...serious, but hopeful. So THANKS for the inspiration ladies (even though I used LAST week's theme, lol). The Art Card challenge is to use other forms of cards...hence, again, the pop-up. The Charizma gals Challenge # 45 was "sympathy/sorry" cards. Over at the Sisterhood, we're challenged to create something about things we're thankful for...in this case, I'm thankful for HOPE! The Lots to Do challenge is to use a favourite technique. I think one of my "signatures" as a card maker is my Krylon Gold Leafing pen. I use it on nearly all the cards I make! I like the professionally finished look it provides. I glue the layers on my cards with Aleene’s® Crystal Clear Tacky Spray™ (iLoveToCreate™).
Louise from Art Journey in the Netherlands just sent me oodles and OODLES of stamps to play with (THANK YOU Louise!!), so I used some of them today. I've grown to LOVE these stamps...they have such a "unique" style to me, and take my card making in very different directions.
The outside of the card was done with this set, called "Men." Click and have a look...I just LOVE that eye stamp!! WOW!! And doesn't that fellow look just so sure of himself? (lol) Yep, I've definitely known men like THAT in my life!
So here's the outside of the card. I stamped simply with Ancient Page Coal Black Ink, and added a little colour to the eyes with blue chalk, and a teardrop crystal to an eye. I masked the sentiment and stamped part of it onto a punched out piece, using a McGill tab fold punch.
This dancing gal from the inside of the card is from the Silhouette set. It was great to incorporate some JOY into what might have been a too-sombre card! I used the other part of the sentiment (also masked) for the inside of the card.