I also wanted to enter The Paper Player's Tic Tac Toe Challenge #189 :
I did the diagonal line, Birthday, Patterned Paper and Any Shade of Blue.
And I promise I didn't cheat! Here's what I came up with in 10 minutes:
- Before I started the clock, I had the card planned out in my mind and I knew I wanted to do an ombre design of some sort with the "Shades of Blue" part of the As You See It Challenge. I originally thought I would do fringes, but thought maybe it would take too long to get it looking nice. Then I decided to stamp and immediately thought of Gorgeous Grunge. I could picture the "splotch" stamp in my mind in a range of blues.
- I had to use Patterned Paper for the Tic Tac Toe challenge and knew I could find some Coastal Cabana polka dots in the Afternoon Tea DSP.
- We were allowed to gather our materials before starting, but as soon as the cutting blade hit the paper, the timer started! I had inks, paper, stamps, stamp cleaner ready to go.
- The inks I used were Midnight Muse, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Coastal Cabana and Pool Party, going from darkest at the bottom to lightest at the top. I stamped some off first to give some depth to the design.
- The sentiment is from Bring on the Cake. I had originally intended to use Stampin' Write Markers to fill in the letters if I had time. I didn't and I'm glad now. I think the outline letters create a good contrast to the solid splotches.
- As I worked on this, everything was going fine until I was ready to glue the last two panels on to the base. Then I realized that the patterned DSP was incredibly crooked and I couldn't move it! Yikes! Things started to go south, until I remembered the advice I gave my students: "No feelings! Data in! Solutions out! " I took a deep breath, cut another piece of DSP, ripped off the crooked one and glued the new piece down. Phew. Crisis averted!
- It was done but needed something. I glanced at my watch. 59 seconds remaining. I ran to my embellishment drawer and grabbed some Coastal Cabana In Colour Boutique Details and some Midnight Muse Dahlias. The Boutique Details were too big and wouldn't fit anywhere. I experimented with the dahlias, but finally used just one and glue-dotted it down with split seconds remaining! DONE!
- If I had had more time, I think some linen thread or Baker's twine might have added some interest to break up the vertical a bit, but I'm pretty happy to at least have a feasible card done in 10 minutes.
Try this challenge yourself! It's a bit nerve-wracking, but lots of fun! I wouldn't want to always have to have time limits, but it's amazing what you can do when you push yourself a bit!
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