May 24, 2010

May Challenge

Graduation card by Ren-Yi

Reader Ren-Yi submitted this card for the May "Get Out of Your Box" Challenge. Here is her description:

Why is this "out of the box" for me?

Non-A2 card format: Since the graduation gift was going to be cash, it needed to fit in card nicely.

Better cardstock: I recently hit a frustration point when making cards that my current "Recollection" card stock (at 65 lbs.) is not cutting anymore. So I have upgraded to Bazzill cardstock (80 lbs.) until I can find better. Any recommendations? I am leaning towards GinaK or PTI, but would love to hear your input.

VersaMark as inking: I have seen so many lovely examples used, where VersaMark would be used to deepen the shade of the card stock with a stamp image. This actually resulted in a boo-boo. Can you guess what it was? I tried to put a border along the bottom of the card. But since the stamp image was not long enough, I tried to line it up and it resulted in a mess that I decided to cover with the sentiment. After that the card looked like it needed a little something else and I decided to use the individual circle to create a random versa-marked background.

Keep it simple: I never seem to be able to stay to just two colors. So this time I practiced restraint. Notice that I couldn't resist with the red surf board. But overall I think I kept my intent...

Thanks for the fun challenge!

Thanks Ren-Yi - you did a great job - and no one would ever guess you made a mistake.

Now it's your turn to take the challenge. See all the details in May Challenge below.


  1. What a great graduation card! I love everything about it! As far as cardstock goes i love Bazzill, but i've also tried Core'dinations and loved it too. Thanks for playing along with us and "getting out of your box"!

  2. Yay for Ren-Yi! :) Fabulous out of the box concepts -- especially since you're so new to the paper crafting world! Woot woot!

  3. I love this card! The surf board is a cute touch to it as well - summer feeling of freedom. I also use Bazzill and love it. My other favorite is DCWV pp and cardstock. Thanks for playing along with us.

  4. Yay! Great card! Lots of new techniques and that's a good thing...makes sure that you stay on your toes as a paper crafter. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Her explanation of its creation is helpful for our understanding the piece. Thanks for taking the time to explain it.

  6. Great card! I love how the white pops on the dark background. I can't help with the cardstock. Personally, I don't like the really heavy stuff for my cards.

  7. Cute card! I really love Bazzill, but I'm not really into cardmaking!

    Thanks for playing along!

  8. I love your card... Bazzill cardstock for me!! Also that "mistake" that you described with the stamping along the bottom... I call those "HAPPY ACCIDENTS"... makes you get creative and figure out some way to fix it and for me, at least..most of the time it's better than I had originally planned!! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome card with us!!

  9. CreativeChretin- thanks for the tip. Will have to check out Core'dinations.

    Belinda - i had all the time to watch someone else grow, and learned a lot while watching... i wonder who ;) good luck on paper idol!

    Kimmarie Baker - My brother loves surfboards, that's why it had to go in ;) I have seen loads of DCWV paper, but it seems overwhelming since they have many different lines.

    Laurie Marmon - i agree! My next challenges will be die-cutting w/ my BIg Kick and giving my WMS Nestie-friendly stamps a go! And you and Steph are making me want to try vintage/distressing inks

    Richard Chen - you're welcome. it's nice to see you in the crafty world. one of the few guys that appreciates the crafty creations...

    Wendy K - to each their own! thanks for sharing your preferences. there's very likely someone else out there that doesn't like heavy paper...

    Rach H - that's alright. i can still learn a lot from your scrapping technique! so any insight is valuable! thanks again.

    Joni Parker - i whole-heartedly agree. the fun thing is creating the accident and then figuring a way out or turning it into "intended" design ;) thanks for the words of encouragement and putting it all into perspective!

  10. This turned out great! I love the dark blue and the touch of red! Very nice!

  11. scrappy77 - thanks for the support.