Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wahoo for The Paper Players and Global Design Project


I do like a good challenge. When I popped over to The Paper Players this week, I saw that they had a theme going on and that theme was Western! At first, I dismissed the idea of playing along because I have no western stamps at all. But I can't turn down a challenge. So I decided to dare myself to make a western card without any specifically western stamps!


As I looked through stamps, paper and DSP, I thought about what makes something a western design. Of course it helps if you have images of saddles, horses or cows, cowboy boots or hats, but barring those, I thought that wood grain would definitely give a western feel if embellished properly. So I got out the Hardwood Background Stamp and I noticed something on Choose Happiness that I'd never really seen before - it has wooden pennants! I also remembered an early Paper Pumpkin kit that had the sentiment, "Wahoo!" in it, and I thought that some thick Baker's Twine in Calypso Coral might just work.

With the sketch challenge from Global Design Project this week to fashion the layout of my card, I was ready to go.

And here's how it all turned out:


  • Definitely a more feminine western design with the Calypso Coral for contrast and the little peek of Venetian Crochet Trim under the Burlap Ribbon. Does it look western to you?
  • I suppose a Yeehaw would have been a bit more 'cowboy' but the rustic look of the Wahoo fit right in with the theme. The congratulations from Guy Greetings not only went well with the Wahoo! sentiment, but the font was compatible with the theme, I thought. I added a little design under it with a border from the Tin of Cards stamp set and mounted it on the Burlap Ribbon.
  • I know rope isn't coral coloured but the Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine used as a border on the top panel and coiled for a rope definitely added to the theme. I added the twine with little drops of Liquid Multipurpose Glue along the borders and squished a glue dot together to anchor the little dipsy-doodles on the corners. Glue dots also attached the coil of Thick Baker's Twine.
So I think I successfully met the challenge I gave myself. What do you think?


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9 comments :

Joanne James said...

What a great card Heather - Laurie has had us all stretching our creative limits this week, given our general lack of Western stamps! How you've risen to the challenge though - I love the way you combined your hardwood, burlap and thick twine to create your fun card which has a definite western feel. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks, Joanne! It's kind of fun to be challenged! It definitely makes you get creative!

laurie said...

Great idea for the challenge! I really like that rope, and how you used it as a frame,too.Thanks for "roundin" up" a card for the Western challenge at The Paper Players this week

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks, laurie! And thanks to The Paper Players for a fun challenge.

Tanja Kolar said...

What a great idea with this "lasso" (?). It makes me smile, when I take a look on it.
Was für eine großartige Idee mit dem Lasso. Ich musste grinsen, als ich das sah.
Thanks for playing with us this week.
Vielen Dank, daß Du bei uns diese Woche mitgemacht hast.
Hugs / LG Tanja

Teneale Williams said...

Goodness, you have created a wild card that is totally fun. I love seeing challenges used together as you push the creative limits. Great stuff.

Claire Broadwater said...

Heather, this is just fantastic! Your WESTERN themed card is perfect! Love all the details! SO happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

Heather Cooper said...

@Tanja Kolar, thanks! I don't think there are really many coral coloured ropes, but that's artistic license, right?

Heather Cooper said...

Thanks, Teneale and Claire! It was a lot of fun to make it! Thanks for your challenges!