Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Artsy Take Two

Hi all! I have a super fun card to share with you today for Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge. It was a labor of love and I totally adore it! I think it's the most stamping I've done in ages. I was inspired to try some coloring and stamping after trying out some Copic markers at my friend Cyndi's house. After I came home, I couldn't get them out of my mind. I've never been big on coloring, but I guess the time was finally right to dive in and try it! I didn't have a lot of money in my craft budget and wanted to get started right away, so I chose to buy the Spectrum Noir markers which are significantly less expensive than Copics. And I'm really happy I did - I love them!

I knew I wanted to do another tunnel card like THIS one, but using Karen's new Accordion Rectangle die. When deciding what stamps to use, I came upon two sets of brand new circus-themed stamps from Oxford Impression  - Vintage Circus and Big Top - that I'd never even cut up! I guess I was just saving them for the perfect project.

I cut the card panels from cream cardstock and then removed the inner panels. Next, I notched the cards where they would join. I stamped the stripes stamp on the front and back of each panel using black Memento ink, then colored the stripes with a red Spectrum Noir marker.

I stamped the curtains twice, again with black Memento ink, colored them and then cut them apart to fit the space. For the big top, I stamped and colored a panel of cream cardstock and then cut it to shape. The flags were cut with the pennant die from Karen's Lots of Pops set and adhered to painted toothpicks. The stars are beads from my stash.

The circus banner and all the other images were stamped on Neenah smooth white cardstock and colored as shown. I still have a long way to go on my coloring - but I'm having fun!

Here's a fun little video to show the movement of my trapeze lady. I love the image of her hanging from a rope, and I knew I had to make her move somehow! To make that happen, I just cut slits in the outer fold of each side of the center panel and then cut a piece of shrink plastic to fit. I used that because it needed to be fairly stiff. You could also use clear packing. I added tabs to the ends so they wouldn't pull through all the way and then adhered my lady where I wanted her. I wanted to make the dog flip too, but I couldn't figure that one out! ;)

All the supplies I used, other than the stamps, are available from Simon Says Stamp via the links below. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you check out Karen's post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog tomorrow. I've seen her card and you are not going to want to miss her tutorial!

Did you know that Spectrum Noir has a challenge each month? This is the first time I've ever entered! You can check out the rules and entries here


  1. Love the action on the trapeze. The dog doing flips sounds fun. What a great way to transform the Rectangle Accordion.

  2. Now THIS is a CARD! Love It! Karen.x

  3. Oooooh - this is SUCH a cool card. Love your colouring and your image choices too!

  4. AHHHHHHH THAT IS SO FREAKING COOL!! I LOVE the trapeze lady - genius! I remember the first tunnel card– it is all safely pinned because I want to make one too. =) =) I need that die right now! and the circle one. right now! lol

  5. Your colouring is fantastic Shelly, I love the wonderful scene you created and the trapeze artist is simply stunning. Anne x

  6. You are amazing, Shelly! What will you do next? Glad you are coloring. You will love it. It is so relaxing to curl up in my lounge chair and color in stamped images for cards. I had all the Copics before Spectrum Noir came out, and I went to a certification class in Copics, too. But I am glad the Spectrums work as well!

  7. Amazing, Shelly!! I was wondering how the trapeze lady was going to move!! That's soooo coooool!! And good for you for diving in with the Spectrum Noir markers! I have yet to make the leap into using alcohol markers, but what you've done here with them--Spectacular!! Oh gosh--not another thing on the wish list!! :) LOL!! Fabulous card, Shelly!! Thanks for sharing!! XOXO-Shari

  8. Amazing job you did on the coloring! I, too, have the Spectrum Noir markers and was able to get them all because of their low price. Fantastic!

  9. I love, love, love your circus card. You did really well coloring all these pieces, but so worth it. The swinging trapeze lady is the icing on the cake.


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