Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tidldy Heck of a Challenge

Just a reminder that this post is being "auto published" while I am away with the family camping. I will be back next week to see and comment on all of your gems.

So Christy has thrown us a HUGE challenge over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog, at least for me it was a doozy. We had to make a gel / water card. First off, I had NO idea what the heck a gel card even was, so had to go fishing on Google. Good thing we are so good about blog posting, because I finally GOT it. Our own Tiddly Inker - Meredith has this awesome tutorial to show us just how to do it. Of course I had already made my card before seeing her tutorial. TRUST ME her method is WAY easier then the way I made it.

I was trying to think a bit outside the box and not just have a huge circle hole in the middle of my card with a fish showing through some hair gel. NOT that there is any thing wrong with that. I just wanted to think of something else. It was a struggle. Here are a few of the things I considered, a mug of beer, glass of bubbly, lava lamp... hmm... lava lamp that almost won out.

Then I was digging through my paper stash and saw this DP by Echo Park - Big Waves. I instantly envision the cut out / peak a boo wave with TI's - Tanker Fairy Sits floating along on this Sailing Leaf from Make It Crafty. Just perfect for this challenge. Okay, so, it really isn't all that outside of the box, but I avoided a giant hole in the middle of my card, again NOT that there is anything wrong with that.

I had such high hopes for this card, but by the time I was finished, I was COVERED in glue & hair gel and my card was more then a tad sticky everywhere. PLEASE follow Meredith's instructions and save yourself a major headache, my way is TOO messy.

Thanks for to my fellow Tiddly Inkers for suggesting Rangers - Glossy Accents for the water droplets, it worked perfectly. The corner SVG is from Images by Heather M.


Loopylou. said...

hiyah stephanie!! wow thats an awesome gel card, i adore the way you cut out bits of wave to fill!! just fabulous and the tanker fairy on the leaf having a ride down your waves is so neat!! love it!! hugs Lou xxx

Renee said...

Wowsers!!!! That is one fantabulous gel card. I love the way you thought out of the box, because this looks sooooo cool!!

CraftyMomOf2 said...

Oh Stephanie!!! WOWWWWW!! This is totally out of the box creative and FABULOUS!! It looks to me like it was totally worth the mess!!!

Super fun!!!

Crafty Hugs!

DonnaMundinger said...

AMAZING, Stephanie! Your design just blows me away! Are you telling me you actually sewed through the baggie to make this fabulous card? Well, however you did it, I'm totally impressed and your coloring and the water droplets are perfection! Enjoy your trip! xxD

mforquer said...

Ok, well your coloring is hands down amazing as always - but the layout of this card is fantastic - I LOVE the waves that have gel in them!!! The stitching is beautiful too!

Marlena Peduzzi said...

Love the way you put the gel in to look like waves in the water! What a great idea and absolutely fabulous card!

Cheryl Valadez said...

Oooohhhh!! Stephanie, I love it! The waves of the water is just too dang clever! I ended up with a hole in the middle of my card...hahaha! Whatever your process was, it certainly paid off with a most exquisite gel card! Hugz, Cheryl

Larissa said...

Wow amazing card Stephanie! I love it that you made a sort of waves with the gel, so pretty!


Christy/Tiddly Inks said...

This is simply wondeful, Stephanie....I love the whole thing and the colors and the water droplets...well, everything! :)

I am sorry you got covered in hair gel though...I am thinking about that movie "something about Mary" now....I hope you know the scene I mean. LOL

If not, I will have to 'plain later. LOL

Dilsaver Designs said...

Wow, I just love the cutout sections and your stitching is wonderful. Amazingly awesome details :)

...just Barbara said...

I love how you did this! So much worth the trouble! :D