Every month the IG Crafty Crew sets one easy and one hard just-for-fun challenge over on Instagram. I normally forget to join in, but I had no excuse for February as I was already doing the 30-day colouring challenge and this month’s easy challenge was to use the Copic colour of the month — ultraviolet. But this post is not about that image (which hasn’t made it onto a card yet). This post is about the card I created after being asked to provide the inspiration and theme for the March easy challenge.
I will gloss over the hours of agonising about what theme to choose and whether a particular idea was too difficult for an easy challenge or too simple or too specific or… Suffice it to say that I eventually settled on “spots and stripes“. (I guess it’s a sign of a misspent youth that that phrase brings to mind evenings spent playing pool.)
The idea for the background came when I was watching the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. My eye was caught by some of the costumes, these in particular:
So, having decided to use kraft cardstock for a change, I just recreated that pattern using black Copic marker and multiliner and then added some extra dots and lines until I was happy with how it covered the panel.
Initially, I thought I might put the Valentine’s image over the top — she does have spots on her top and I had added faint stripes to her trousers — but it didn’t sit right so I split them into two separate projects.
Choosing another image to use was simple: it had to be the tiger from the opening ceremony (and also the mascot, though I didn’t realise that at the time). But I don’t have a tiger in my stash. Google images came to my rescue and I found this cute tiger cub digi that was just perfect.
I coloured the tiger, fussy cut him and popped him up on foam tape over a couple of layered circles cut from scraps of patterned paper. Then that was all mounted on top of a strip of vellum. The finishing touch was to use up the last of my stash of silver sparkly sprinkles by putting them in the centre of the background spots.
- IG Crafty Crew – easy challenge – March
tiger, white – W00, W1, W3
tiger, black – W7, W9, 100
tiger, pink – R01
spots and stripes – 100
- digital stamps:
Cut It Out Paper Crafts – tiger cub
Lawn Fawn – stitched circles
Sizzix – circles 2
Doodlebug – sprinkles – silver assortment
- paper and card:
Neenah solar white 216gsm
Neenah desert storm 216gsm
Hunkydory Adorable Scorable cotton white
Bazill Basics – ladybug trio
Anita’s – white vellum
scraps of patterned paper