Thursday, April 28, 2011

Splish! Splash!

Spring Rains have begun here in northern Illinois. I am so glad... not because we need the rain (we don't), but because it means Spring has arrived! YAY!

Do you know what else has arrived? April 28th... which means it's the day for the Calendar Girls to post their creations based on Miss April's specifications. How fun!!!

Terry is our Miss April and she came up with a marvelous challenge. Here are her words:

We have all heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers”…..I know we are all tired of winter and looking forward to Spring rains that bring out the Summer flowers!

My challenge to you is to show me your April showers!

I have 2 requirements for you:

1. Use an image with a duck, a puddle, an umbrella or anything resembling rain or water!
2. Use a fun technique on your card that is “water” related!

Here are some fun techniques for you to think about:

• Gel (water) Card
• Misting with Markers
• Waterfall Card
• Wiper Card
• Wet Paper Watercoloring
• Watercolor your image with pencils and an aqua painter
• Use Crystal Effects
• Emboss acetate

There are so many things out there that can look like water…..use your imagination and have fun!

I decided to try a brand-new-to-me technique with my card. In fact, until Terry posted the challenge, I didn't even know it was possible to do this.

What did I do? I embossed on acetate. And it was such fun! I also loved the way it looked, although the pictures don't really do it justice. (It's never a good thing when I'm trying to photograph clear acetate. UGH!)

Here's my card:

I used the Stamp Fairy Patsy April Showers digital image. If nothing else, the name seemed appropriate. LOL! Seriously though... I love this image. You probably remember that I used her a couple of weeks ago for a design team challenge. Well, here she is again, just as cute as can be!

For the glossy rain puddle, I used some Sakura Crystal Lacquer.

Isn't the embossing around the edge of the acetate awesome? I love how it sparkles (it was glittery embossing powder). I'll definitely be using that technique again sometime.

Okay... let's go see what the other Calendar Girls came up with. You can find the links to their blogs in my left-hand side bar.

Splish! Splash!

Image: Stamp Fairy Patsy April Showers

Ink: Copic Markers and Copic Spica Pens

Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss

Designer Paper: from my scrap file

Water-y Technique: Acetate Embossing with JudiKins Turquoise Sparkle Embossing Powder

Embellishments: Offray Straight 'n Narrow Ribbon, Sakura Crystal Lacquer, colored staples and brads (vendor unknown)


Carol W said...

Oh my goodness how cute is this?? Great job and you used.....GLITTER.....I'm so a great technique, I love it and will definitely have to try it. I also love this image. You are so creative my friend....well done!!!

Terry Ladwig said...

Jeanette, I love youe card!! I am so glad I got you to do something new and I love the way it looks!!!

Your image is absolutely adorable, love the colors and everything else too!!

Your work is awesome!! Thanks for playing ☺

April said...

Very cool technique.... it always amazes me how creative we can be in friendly challenges.... I always come out learning something!!

This immie is adorable to begin with, but you have done her up so nicely!! Wooot Woot!!

MiamiKel said...

YAY for Spring in IL! I know you are relishing the warmth - at least WARMER weather! :) Can we say cute - how neat is this, all the glitter and fabulousity on one card - super creative and a neat technique! U R Brave, I played it safe, lol! LOVE it (and you!) x0x0

Barb said...

Cute, Cute, So CUTE!

I really like the image and the colors are perfect. I could not imagine that there is a technique that you have not tried............ And, yes, the embossing on the edge is very cool!

Great job on the challenge--this little one is sure enjoying the spring showers so much more than I am !

Michelle said...

So cute! I love your image, and layout. I love all the glitter and sparkle. Very cool technique...have never seen this one before. Great job!

dweatter said...

What an adorable card. That image is so sweet. I love the way you colored her up and your embossing on acetate with glittery embossing powder - ROCKS!!!! You have outdone yourself.

Anonymous said...

She is indeed a cutie, and the metallic embossing is such a fun effect. Great way to show the April showers!

:: BlueInks :: said...

Oh cute, cute, cute! The image. They layout. The shiny puddle. The acetate - who knew I needed this?! Creative and fun card.

~Paola~ said...

awwww....look how adorably sweet this immie is!!
Your coloring is awesome and the selected dp is tdf too! I truly like what U did with the challenge Jeanette...and as Carol said wowwww glittery too!!Definetly U should use it more often..ihihihih!!:o)

Darlene said...

Ohhh, Jeanette, this is so great! I love the cute image, the colors and your acetate and glitter technique! Just darling all together!!