Monday, November 16, 2009

Unexpected and Glitter Challenges

These cards are a few of the cards that I did for two challenges on the Hero Arts Flickr group. The two challenges that these cards appear are in the categories of Unexpected and Glitter. The Merry Christmas card with the tree, the circle card, and the ornament card comes from the unexpected category. The colors that I chose for this category are colors that I would not ordinarly choose. I usually go for the traditional colors of red and green. But, while using untraditional colors, I decided that I liked those colors for Christmas.
The challenge that I did last week was in the category of glitter. I think that the penguin card, silver circle card, and the hugs card were the ones that I liked the best. These three cards turned out to be quite the challenge. I found out why I usually do not work with glitter--it is extremely messy and gets all over everything and it doesn't like to stick to the object on the paper. I tried using a glue pad and heat setting the glitter, but that didn't work very well. I would stamp the object onto my paper using the glue and then pour the glitter over my stamped image. Once I shook off the excess glitter, most of the glitter that was suppose to stay on the image would come off and glitter would be every where but on my project. There was even a few times when I found glitter on my cat. I came up with a solution to avoid the mess of glitter. When I want to use glitter on a project I will just mix the glitter with a gel glue until it is about the thickness of Stickles and apply it with a very thin bristle brush. I did this with the flower (hugs) card that is pictured here. It was so much easier to paint it on and there was not any mess.

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