The first challenge / inspiration came from the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge 4 - Sketch Challenge. I have never entered a sketch challenge, because I usually let the card's format come to me as a result of the elements. However, I remembered seeing this adorable digi stamp at Pollycraft - Christmas Chester, Chester's Star and I thought he would be a nice way to follow the sketch.
Here is the card:
Here is the sketch:
It is really a lovely set up for a card and I don't know that I would have thought of the checker board backing.
Here are a couple more pics of the card to show some of the detail in the monkey and a bit truer representation of the colors with the flash.
I colored Chester the Monkey with Letraset flex markers and pro markers. I wasn't happy with the color the star ended up, so I thought some heat embossing with gold sparkle embossing powder would do the trick (and I think it did). Finally I wanted to bling it up a bit with various colored gems and a few small pearls. (What is Christmas without a bit of bling?)
I was lucky that my brand new Hunkydory paper came in the post today (yes, on Sunday - my mailman chooses random days to take off and / or deliver the mail). Anyway, I used two different sheets of the beautiful lavender / purple with gold flourishes paper as the checkerboard in the back. I cut a small strip of gold mirror board and put some purple Happy Christmas ribbon on it.
Then for the layers behind the monkey I used dark blue holographic card from the Hunkydory pack topped with a textured white paper that has been in my stash for ages. You can see the texture a bit better in the close up of Chester (above).
In addition to The Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge, I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Passion for Promarkers - Week 127 Theme Swirls and Sparkles
ends Monday 28/11/11
Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Challenge 120 - Christmas Fun
I think that is about it for now, as it has taken me literally 3 hours to put this post together..lol.
Thank you as always for looking and I love to get your comments!
Take care and keep on crafting!