Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Card Design: Ike's World Challenge #7...Christmas is Coming!

Do you hear them?  There are sleigh bells ringing somewhere out in the distance.  Do you smell it?  The smell of pine is wafting through the air.  Do you see it?  All that sparkle, as people put up their holiday decorations.  Can you feel it?  So many wonderful textures to explore.  Can you taste it?  Peppermint, chocolate and shortbread, oh my!!!  Can you sense it...Christmas is coming!!!  Perfect timing as that is also our theme over on Ike's World Challenges this fortnight.

Ike's current challenge is the perfect place to enter those Christmas cards and if you have been lucky enough to have collected some of Ike's past freebies, there are lots of wonderful Christmas themed ones to choose from.  You can join in Ike's challenge with a creation using any kind of medium or style but remember that in order to qualify to win the prize you MUST use an Ike's Art image. If you don't already have an image and would like to purchase one, check out all the awesome ones available in the store by clicking HERE. Ike has an amazing and varied selection to choose from and you are sure to find something to suit your needs.  There is also a freebie available over on the challenge blog that you can use to enter the challenge.  However, please be respectful of the artist's rights and do not post, pin or share the image with anyone else.  If you know some people who might like it, send them over to the challenge blog so they can pick it up for themselves.

Check out what I made for this fortnight...

General Information:

  •  Okaaaaaaaaay, remember that I have been wanting to transfer an image to a candle for awhile now?  I even had the fortune of being able to post a clear and easy to understand tutorial on one of my Saturday Showcases from the lovely Deb, affectionately known as the Paper Crazy Lady from I Love It!
  • Well, I finally decided that this was the week I was going to do it.  Now I know why I put it off for so long.  I BROKE THE FLIPPIN' PRINTER!!! @#$%#$&*%!!!!!!!!!! 
  • Why is it that everyone else so easily is able to send through pieces of paper with tissue paper taped to it BUT I CAN'T??!!  Tell me, PLEASE!
  • The worst part was it didn't even really get jammed, just sort of stuck.  Well, apparently it was the final straw for our poor printer because as much as the hubs tried to rescue it, and he has rescued it from much worse jams in the past, it just wouldn't clear and now won't allow us to do anything at all.
  • Good news, is that my husband had the insight to purchase a back-up printer two summers ago when there was a seriouly good sale on.  Bad news is that the print options are very limited.  With the old one I could choose whether to print strictly in black and white and whether I wanted to print in draft, normal, best or very best.  This one doesn't give me those options so it is either, a little better than your typical draft OR printing at 600 dpi and using all the ink in the cartridge.  Looks like we need to go printer shopping again.  I swear, if it isn't one thing breaking down over here it is another!!!  Good thing I see some light at the end of the tunnel or boy oh boy, it would be rather bah humbug over here at the moment.
  • Anyways, I decided that this wasn't going to dissuade me from creating my candle one bit.  So I printed the image I wanted to use out on cardstock the next day after the back-up printer was set up by my wonderful accommodating hubs and then I traced it onto the tissue paper.  If only I had thought to do it this way in the first place but I digress--hindsight is always 20-20.
  • So once the image was traced, I coloured it and followed the tutorial from Deb (which you can find HERE if you are interested).  Here are the final results.  If you left click to bring them up in the lightbox, you'll be able to see them better...
Different angles, to see all the way around the candle...

Not bad for my first candle, if I do say so myself!
  Image Details:
  • Poinsettia Cluster:  The poinsettia image was one that Ike offered as a freebie last year and while I used it recently on a tag, it just lent itself so well for the small candle that I had to work with.  You can find this image in the 'Flowers' section of the Ike's Art store or by clicking on the watermark below.
    • I have coloured this beautiful poinsettia image with Copic markers:  R22, R24, R29 (petals); G02, G05, G09 (leaves).  I used red glitter glue to add some sparkly goodness to the centre of each flower. 

  • The ribbon is Crafts brand from Dollarama and the beads are from the stash I got from my momma.
Challenges I am hoping to enter...
  • Scribble and Scrap Crafts -- Anything Goes
  • Avenue 613 -- Anything Goes with optional twist
  •  http://scrapbitzcopics.ning.com/group/cmccopicchallengegroup -- Holiday Themed
  • http://acreativeromance.blogspot.co.uk/ -- Sparkle at Christmas (both the centres of the flowers and the beads have some sparkle to them)
  •  http://leftofcenterchallenges.blogspot.ca/ -- Winter or the Holidays
  • http://polkadoodle.blogspot.ca/2013/12/week-49-polkadoodles-challenge-make.html -- Make a Gift for Christmas
  • http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.uk/ -- White with a Splash of Red and Green (***I didn't see anything in the rules that stated it must be a papercraft creation.  It did state card or project so I am hoping that the candle is acceptable under 'project'.)
  • http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.ca/ (1E)-- Use Some Red (Once again, I am hoping that 'project' includes items beyond papercraft.)
  • http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.ca/ -- Free and Easy

What will you create using one of Ike's wonderful images?  Pop over and play along with us anytime during the next two weeks over at Ike's World Challenges. You can find out everything you need to know in order to play, by heading to the challenge blog.  I've linked the logo below to take you there.  While you are over there, please be sure to check out the incredible creations offered up by some of my fellow DT members and be sure to pop over there again next week when the second team's projects are showcased to help inspire you.

Until next time,


Desire Fourie said...

A stunning candle Lisa and what will we do without our techno accommodation hubbies.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

ike said...

Oh Nooooo !!!! - poor printer... what a disaster !! :-( So sorry you had such bad luck Lisa. I have never tried that technique either - too afraid to bugger up my Laser Printer !!!!
Anyways - that said, the final result you achieved is fabulous... I really love this :-D

IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

ike said...

p.s. that's turned out to be a very expensive candle hasn't it ?????? !!!! xxx

Monica taylor said...

Your project came out beautifully and I couldn't help laughing at your story. I have jammed many a printer...so I feel your pain. But you didn't give up and the outcome is beautiful!

Karon said...

Beautiful use of the fabulous poinsettia image! TFS

Chana Malkah said...

Great transfer, Lisa, and an interesting journey to get to the finished product. Very nicely done!

Sheila H said...

This is a beautiful project. I love candles, and this is exceptional. Thanks for displaying your art at our house, 613 Avenue Create.

Mian said...

What a gorgeous candle, so perfect as a gift.

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at QKR Stampede.
Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

Hugs Mian
QKR Stampede Design Team Member
Mian's Crafty Corner

Edwina said...

Lisa, Your candle is gorgeous!. I love it. I will be checking out that link. Thanks so much for sharing. Edwina Brown

Bev said...

Beautiful Lisa this is something I keep meaning to try but never seem to get round to. Thank you for joining us over at polkadoodles x

Peanut said...

Beautiful poinsettia, Lisa. A fabulous festive project. Thanks for playing along with us at PolkaDoodles.
Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

Oh WOW! Lisa! This is absolutely stunning! What a beautiful candle. These would make gorgeous gifts!

Claire said...

Gorgeous project Lisa, really lovely. Printers are such a pest aren't they? Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles this week
Claire xx

Crafting Vicky said...

That's one gorgeous candle!!!! And you are much braver then me... I wouldn't have tried to color tissue paper... that's why I always did the coloring 1st on a regular image and then scan and print on tissue... and I've been very lucky no getting stuck...

brenda said...

Your candle is beautiful Lisa, thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

B x

Alyx said...

Gorgeous candle! Fabulous image.

Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

Louise said...

Beautiful card,thank you for joining us at A Creative Romance and Merry Christmas
Louise xx

maureenjscott said...

What a great idea to trace the image! It has turned out wonderfully! I love the candle!! Thanks for sharing at Left of Center this fortnight! Did you know we have a DT Call open till 27th Dec? All the info can be found here - http://leftofcenterchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/left-of-center-design-team-call-we-want.html
Thanks Mo LOC DT Coordinator xx

Lynne K said...

Oh dear, Lisa, sorry to hear about all the problems with your printer! However, I'm so glad you persevered and were able to share your gorgeous candle with us at Stamping Sensations this month. Thanks for joining us and we hope to see you again in the New Year.