First things first - congratulations to Barbara M. and Karen H. for each winning a Twist Circle die set in the last Designer Challenge. Their comments were chosen by random draw. If you want to have the chance to win free dies this month make sure you subscribe to my mailing list (blue button in the left sidebar) so you'll receive the newsletters with the instructions.
Our first Designer Challenge for October was set by me as a monochromatic challenge. I gave the team the choice of 7 colors to play the primary role in their creations - ROYGBIV - the seven colors of the rainbow. I chose Indigo for my monochromatic color scheme, and it seemed that a Halloween card would be perfect for that color scheme.
The technique I am teaching is how to use the Iron Fence die to double the fold inside a card allowing for two arching fences in the same card. This also allows for easy animation of a tree in the centerpiece to create a 3D pop-up tree. For the video tutorial, I chose to teach this technique in a more worldly and year-round theme - as a garden scene with a "thinking of you" theme. The indigo Halloween version is also shown in the video:
For the front of my garden card I used the Labels & Circles die set and then added the All Seasons Tree and one of the birds from the Iron Fence set. I'm a big fan of crediting my inspiration and Caz Counsell styled the birds with black beaks and legs on her recent Wednesday With post.
This card measures 5" x 6" when closed, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope (5x7 envelope) and mail for a single stamp without pop-dots or thick embellishments.
Speaking of giving credit where credit is due, it was Kelly Booth who first posted an idea for animating two Iron Fences in the same card when she posted her amazing Halloween card for the Girly or Ghouly challenge. Kelly used the Anita Frames Pop-up to create a centerpiece and a double fold for two fences. This is another great option and we saw two more versions of the Anita/Double Fence technique in our last Designer Challenge: Inspired By.
For my technique, you don't use the Anita Frames to double the interior fold - you use a section of the Iron Fence. This also allows for a 3D tree to be used in the center as well.
The All Seasons Tree includes the die that cuts three small flowers at once. I doubled some thin white cardstock so I could cut 6 flowers at a time, giving me a ton of flowers with just a few passes through the machine. Each flower was tinted with Distress Inks and embellished with a glitter dot.
One of the things I mention in the video is why I like to use two sleeves to disguise the slider arm of the fence, but how it's important to make sure the inside end of the sleeve can rise up as the card is opened, to provide a smooth even arch to the fence.
Here are links to the products used in both versions of the Double Fence & Tree card:
Once again the Designer Challenge Team has created amazing inspiration for the challenge. Let's look at them in rainbow order:
Fran Sabad chose pink (or "light red" as we're calling it) for this beautiful Twist Circle Panel card in a birthday theme. She used the Labels & Circles set on the front of the card and embellished the panels with gifts and balloons using various accessory dies. Lovely!
Raquel Mason also chose Red for the challenge, making this steampunk-themed Katie Label Pivot Card. Raquel used gears from the Clock & Gears die along with the Gears stencil for this artsy creation.
Caz Counsell made this bright and beautiful birthday card using the Anita Frames pop-up. The Flower stencil works wonderfully with paste for the interior decor and I love the use of the Flower Pot flower/vine for the front of the card.
Shelly Hickox also chose orange for the challenge and made this beautiful fall card featuring the Twist Circle Panel card technique. I love her use of the Labels & Circles in the vertical position with the addition of the vines from the Flower Pot extending from the panels. She has a video of this card in action on her blog post.
Karen Aicken created this bright and sunny "Hi" card using the Twist Circle die set to make a panel card. I love the cheerfulness of this card, featuring Lucky the Rabbit and the Props 7 woven basket among others. Adorable!
Frances Byrne's green staggered Fancy Accordion is stunning. The combination of greens is beautiful and I love the use of the Sleigh as the lower embellishments. Everything about this card is beautiful!
Summer Hills-Painter chose blue for her color and made this fabulous baby boy card. The Anita Frames was a popular choice with the team this month precisely because it's so generic and works for any theme. Summer used the Baby stamps and charms to decorate this card and I love her custom plaid background using the Stripes/Plaid stencil plus tape and glitter.
Sandy Diller also used blue for her challenge card and made this happy Happy Birthday pop-up card. I love how she used candles to give the Happy Birthday pop-up the look of a cake. She also edged the card with the Agatha Edges and mixed in the Paris Edges for a great layered look. Fabulous!
Kelly Booth wanted to make a custom card for a friend's wedding and the ROYGBIV challenge provided the perfect color scheme. I love how she used the Petite Flourish stencil for the patterns and then adapted the Wedding Charms for a Mr. & Mr. card. Great idea to adapt the rings for the couple as well.
What a fun challenge! I love that there was so much variety to the monochromatic makes. Join us back here in two weeks on October 25, 2016 for our second Designer Challenge. The theme was set by Summer Hills-Painter and is "Boys will be Boys" - it's the masculine challenge. We'll all be making cards for the men (and boys) in our lives.