This month the challenge at Connie Can Crop is “Anything Goes”.
The sponsor for the challenge this month is Treasure Box Designs.
I wanted to issue an additional challenge to myself to make a card using whatever the hot new theme on Pinterest happens to be. Turns out there are two things taking Pinterest by storm; Unicorns and Mermaids. So I made a card using each…never let it be said I can’t work outside my comfort zone! 😉
My problem with this decision was that I didn’t want to spend the money on a stamp set or cut file for images I likely wouldn’t use again. So, I went to my new best friend, Google Images, and found just what I was looking for. Free is a great price, don’t you think?
Here’s my Unicorn:
I imported my image into my Silhouette design screen. Using the trace feature, I made a cut line around the unicorn; turning him into a print and cut.
With this file, I created my card base. It didn’t have mats, so I created my own; a fairly easy process.
The mats were filled with patterned paper from the Eggstra Special Kit from NitWit Collections. Before I did that, though, I color matched the dots to the mane on the Unicorn in Photoshop Elements because I apparently have too much time on my hands.
For the greeting and sentiment on the flip side, I used the Amarillo and Times New Roman fonts. These were color matched to the Unicorn as well using the eye-dropper in the Fill Color Window. I created a mirror image of the Unicorn, shrunk him down a bit and added him to the inside as well. Here’s a look at the flip:
To finish, I highlighted the Unicorn’s mane with Wink of Stella and added sequins from the Pretty Pink Posh Fresh Garden Collection.
And My Mermaid Card:
Again I turned to Google Images and this time I found a card I used as my inspiration. I drew the tail freehand and scanned it into my Silhouette design screen. Then I traced this fish scale paper and spent way too much time filling the scales in with complementary colors. I placed it on a card base of Pool Party embossed with the Seaside embossing folder.
Finishing touches included the addition of a little sign hanging off a fish-hook with the greeting and Wink of Stella on random fish scales. I also drew a black line from the top of the card to the sign as fishing line.
Inside, a cute sentiment. I used the Annie BTN font in black on both the greeting and sentiment.
Now it’s your turn to enter the challenge at Connie Can Crop. You have all month to enter your project and remember “anything goes”. One lucky entry, picked at random, will win $20 in Treasure Box Design files.
My friend, Christi, made me a paper piecing using a Treasure Box File. She did a beautiful job with it and I shared it in this post if you’d like to see it.