One of my favorite challenges over at Splitcoaststampers is the weekly CAS Challenge. CAS stands for Clean and Simple. The challenges have a lot of variety and even though I don't always post a card for it I usually check it out for inspiration. This last week they have been having challenges to choose members for their fall design team/guest designers and I decided to throw a few cards of mine into the ring.
You can read more about the challenges here.
I'll post the most recent challenge here and add the others in the next few days.
The last challenge was based on the phrase "You've been boo-ed!" which is from a May basket like custom which was new to me. Though different interpretations of the phrase were allowed, I thought the whole idea was really cute and wanted to stick the the ghost idea. But, though I must have thousands of stamps there was not. one. ghost. I did, however, find a boo that had spider webs in the "o"'s. (I'm really not sure about the punctuation on that one!).
So, I took some additional inspiration from a ghostly mirror in last year's October Martha Stewart magazine and tried my hand at drawing a ghost into the corner of a black card front. I used some advise I often give in classes when a card calls for coloring or freehand lines or something. That is: work fast as the slower you work the more it looks like you were trying too hard. It probably took less than 30 seconds. I cut the ghost out, embossed the web with my Big Shot, adhered it to a Whisper White card and added the eyes and surprised oval moth with a black marker. Though I considered adding the "boo" to the front I decided that the card was cleaner and simpler if I left it off the front and used it on the inside instead.
Oh, yes! I saved the cut out ghost. If I decide to do this one in a class, there will be a ghost to trace.
More on the other cards later.