Hello Bastel Traum friends! And welcome back to another one of our monthly challenges, where you can play with us for a chance to win a 15 chf certificate to the Bastel Traum Online Shop (they ship worldwide!) This month’s challenge will run until 15 March 2018 at 8:45 am GMT+2 and the subject will be “Birthday / Party”.
Today’s project is a cutesy scene card I created using the Lawn Fawn “Yay, Kites!” Stamps and Dies, along with the “Big Scripty Words” Stamps and Dies, the “Stitched Hillside Borders” and some “Perfectly Plaid Rainbow” paper for my grass (also from Lawn Fawn) for my grassy hill.
I’ll be honest with you and say I hesitated about whether or not this card was actually Design Team material. In the end I decided it was and here’s why. This was one of the first stamp sets I purchased from the Bastel Traum Shop a couple of years ago. Back at the time I didn’t own any fancy watercolours, Prismacolor pencils or Copic markers. All I had was a supermarket-bought pack of 18 colour pencils. So back in the day I stamped and coloured out my images with those pencils and it was very straightforward. I was starting out in card making and I had no idea about the colour wheel, light and shadow, and how more advanced colouring can help bring images to life. I just coloured these happy little critters for fun, no pressure, no blog posts, nothing. I simply coloured to my heart’s content, die cut and stored them away in a little tin container for lack of a better idea of what to do with them.
I still own that little tin container and I continue to fill it up with images I colour on the go. I was searching through it to find some coloured images which might lend themselves to our challenge this month and found these little guys. So I personally challenged myself to show you guys that I could make a project I was proud of, even if I didn’t really feel very confident about my colouring. The fact of the matter is, practice makes perfect, and not being an expert at a given technique doesn’t mean we can’t have fun or create something beautiful with it.
I hope you will see the same beauty in this project as I see in my early days colouring. I’m still no master at colour pencils (you can head over to my friend Ute’s blog if you’re looking for that kind of magic!) But I am having fun and I hope you are too, whatever your skill level might be!
I look forward to the projects you will share with us this month, whatever the techniques or skill levels they may reflect, because I’m hoping you will have had fun creating and sharing them. That’s what crafting is all about. Until next time!