Monday, June 11, 2012

Gallery Idol 2012 ~ Round #3 ~ Feminine/Masculine Cards

Because of the wonderful folks out in blogland, I have been lucky enough to move on to Round 3 of the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol Contest!  To everyone who stopped by the blog last week, voted for me, and left incredibly kind comments, I want to send out a huge THANK YOU!  To my long-time blog buddies (I'm talking to you Jessi, Jeanne, and Jen),  to the folks following my blog (*hi guys!*), to the absolute strangers who put in a vote for me on the PC site, your support is overwhelming and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Now back to Round 3:)  The challenge for this round was to take a common element (e.g., single patterned paper sheet or single stamp) and use it to make one feminine card and one masculine card.  For me, the challenge was to come up with 2 strong ideas.  
Can you spot the common element?  {Yup, the "bubbly" stamp}  The concepts for these cards came in a flash!  I was browsing my stamps, and when I picked up my Daydreamer stamp set, it flashed immediately.  No fuss, no muss:)  So with ideas in mind, I went straight to work on my feminine card.  What could be more feminine than flowers? 
I had so much fun free stamping the background on this card!  I used my favorite pigment inks from Fresh Ink and they are a joy to work with!  Great bold colors and excellent coverage.  To really make the sentiment stand out I used a ribbon behind the vellum sentiment.  I cut small holes in the vellum to pull the ribbon through to the front and tied a bow.  Girlie card done!  On to the masculine card!
I don't mean to generalize, but the men in my life prefer CAS cards with bold graphics.  Lucky for them (and me), that's what I like to do!  To create a realistic looking beer mug, I used vellum to mimic frosted glass.  The amber beer color was created by rubbing yellow and orange ink on the backside of the vellum and placing a deep rich yellow cardstock behind it all.  In person, the mug glows!  
The vellum is placed inside of the reverse cut mug (cut out on the Silhouette).  To get a 3D look on the mug, I cut the vellum insert slightly wider than the opening.  When placed inside the aperture, it creates a curved pop up effect (see below).  The foam of the beer is embossed in white (using my common element stamp) onto vellum.
 
This technique would be so much fun adapted for a frosty soda or milkshake.  Man card done!

Thank you so much for popping in to learn more about my Round 3 entry!  I encourage everyone to visit all the Top 15 contestant blogs (links below) and hope that you cast a vote on the Paper Crafts website here (even if it's not for me:)!  These ladies are amazing and I promise you will find something you LOVE!  
With that, I leave you with much mahalo and aloha,
jj

Feminine Card
PaperCover Smooth White 100 lb 188091 (International Paper), Vellum
Stamps: Daydreamer, Big & Bold Wishes (PTI)
Ink: Pool, Strawberry, Basil, Mango, Fresh Lemonade (Fresh Ink), Bermuda Bay (Stampin Up), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Ribbon: Satin Blue (Recollections)

Masculine Card
PaperCover Smooth White 100 lb 188091 (International Paper), Chipboard (Mark's Finest Papers), Vellum
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Spiced Marmalade (Distress Ink), Mustard (American Crafts), Versamark
Accents: Snow Detail Embossing Powder (Ranger)
Stamps: You're the Man (Practicing Creativity)
Tools: Silhouette SD, Tiny Stapler (Tim Holtz)



34 comments:

  1. JJ - these are genius! Love how different they are. Love the colors on the girl card, and I mean, how could you NOT love the guy card. You totally knocked this out of the park!

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  2. Wow! Another fantastic job, JJ! Love the vellum.

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  3. These are fabulous, JJ! I love the frosty beer glass! I actually would prefer a good beer to flowers any day! HA! Both are wonderful cards!

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  4. Genius! Pure genius! Love them both.

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  5. you are just so creative! and how embarrassing - I thought I already followed your blog... I do now :)

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  6. JJ - You know I've got your back!! Gosh - you just blow me away every time - I don't know how many times I've told you that you're a genius - but come on now! That dimensional beer glass is amazing - and I just love how you used the same element - the bubbles on both cards! I think this really marries them together. The feminine card is so pretty with all the beautiful color and the way you tied the bow through the vellum is a real stand out for me! Well done!!! Take another deep breath! So proud of you for making it to the next level!!! Big Hugs!!

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  7. These are two absolutely great cards. I love the feminine one--the bold colors are great, and what a fun idea to put the ribbon behind the sentiment on vellum--I've got to try that myself. But, absolute genius to take that flower and turn it into the foam on a frosty cold mug of beer, and then create the perfect guy card. Love this one, too. Cool how you used vellum on both cards in different ways.

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  8. JJ--both of your cards are fantastic! I love the Daydreamer stamp set and you created a beautiful background. That beer mug is simply too cute. Good luck on this next round.

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  9. How super clever!!! Love both of your cards!!!

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  10. These are amazing, love your concept, and the vellum on both cards looks incredible!

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  11. I'm always in awe with what you come up with! Amazing every time! That mug with it's frosty look is my fav!

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  12. Beautiful and so inventive! I love your beer mug, how fun! And that stamped background is stunning!!

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  13. Such fun and creative cards! That beer mug is so clever!

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  14. JJ..both your cards are absolutely mind blowing!!

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  15. Absolutely *love* these JJ! Using flowers as beer froth - genius!! I love the complete contrast of the two cards, really makes them both great in their own right!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! And for listing all the other contestants and linking to their blogs too. That is extremely good of you!!

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  16. Awww thanks for the shout-out, JJ! :D And I think I said this in my comment on your last post but I have to say it again - you're a genius! That beer mug looks incredible - so cold and frosty! Love the staples on the sentiment strip too. As for the feminine card the stamped background is gorgeous - perfectly random - I always have trouble with that. ;) The ribbon behind the sentiment is gorgeous too. Really really awesome!!!

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  17. Hi, JJ. I just found my way to your blog via the Gallery Idol site. I am amazed! Girl, you have serious skills. I have added you to my reader and keep up the good work.

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  18. Your cards are FABULOUS, JJ! I love them both--especially how creative you were with the stamp choice! So glad to be in the Top 15 with you!

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  19. You my friend always show me new things with supplies. These are winners to me!

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  20. How stinkin' cool ... flowers and beer foam! Love it! So super creative. Your frosted beer mug turned out so well. Not surprised you're in the top 15, but glad you made it JJ!

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  21. Why is it the word "genius" comes to mind? I am in love with your beer mug and may have to give it a try. So many possible recipients here in Deutschland! You are such an inspiration.

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  22. You are one of the most creative out of the box card makers I've run across! Absolutely LOVE these cards!!! I would wish you luck in the contest but I don't think you'll need it. You're very talented JJ! :)

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  23. You're a crafty genius, JJ - seriously! Who else could go from flowers to beer? No one. You have NO IDEA how proud I am to be one of your blog buddies :) Not because of this competition, but because you a kind, sweet, generous person - who happens to be a creative inspiration! I gotcher back, girlie ;)

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  24. I'm so not surprised to see you made it to the next 15 :0)
    This is a genius way to use the stamps, the froth on the glass is just perfect.
    See you next round too !
    Jenny x

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  25. Love these, JJ! It was hard for me to choose whether to vote for you or myself! (and, of course I voted for me, lol). Here's hoping we both make it through!

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  26. Your creative eye is just astonishing!!
    I am constantly wowed and awed by your creations...
    and beer foam?!!!
    Out of a flower?!!
    Just incredible!
    These are spectacular!!:)
    LOVE all those gorgeous colors in the "female" card...
    and I know a guy who would say that the "male" card is right up his alley! :)
    Congratulations on 3rd round...
    wishing you so much luck on round 4...
    you deserve it! :)

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  27. Your blog oozes creativity and each card is a delight!! Best of luck with Gallery Idol. Fondly, Kathy
    P.S. Have you visited Angela's Happy Stamper?

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  28. Love your creation here. You amaze me, J J Good luck !
    Your card is awesome!

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  29. As far as I'm concerned, you WIN! It really can't get better than this, LOVE it!!

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  30. JJ, I am such great company in this competition! Wow, this duo of cards is nothing short of amazing. You have GOT it girl! I wish you the best here and always! :)

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  31. This card set was one of my favorites and I was bummed to see that you didn't move on. This could also be fun to do for a kid, using darker inks on the vellum to create root beer. I love it!!!!

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  32. Very clever! It took me a second to see what the "same" part was on both cards, LOL! I never would have seen "beer foam" in a flower stamp. That vellum beer mug is great! And the pretty "girl" version is beautiful!

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